“Nude opera singer”

A periodic source of amusement since we started blogging here at LexGo central has been the spikes in traffic we will get because of the word “nude.”

Karita Mattila sings the title role in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Richard Strauss' "Salome," which will be rebroadcast tonight as part of the Met's Live HD series. Copyrighted photo by Ken Howard | courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Karita Mattila sings the title role in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Richard Strauss' "Salome," which will be rebroadcast tonight as part of the Met's Live HD series. Copyrighted photo by Ken Howard | courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

We initially noticed this the first time Jamie Gumbrecht, now working in Atlanta, blogged about the Lexington Art League’s Nude International exhibit and her traffic spiked. Looking at Sitemeter, she noticed that she was getting a lot of Google hits for the word “nude” paired with any number of female celebrities she had blogged about. Even though she had not blogged about, say, Catherine Heigl  nude, still the fact that her fabulous It’s All About blog had the words Catherine, Heigl, and nude in it meant Google or whatever other search engines people used put them together and guided people to Jamie’s blog.

Now, lest you think this is all big brothery, we cannot see who is doing the searching through a Sitemeter or Firestats or other web traffic reporters. We just see the site or search terms that directed people to our sites.

The nude phenomenon is something that I’ve also seen here at Copious Notes, mainly with movie stars and other celebrities.

But opera stars?

Well, a few weeks ago, around the same time I started migrating Copious Notes from Typepad to WordPress, I blogged about Richard Strauss’ Salome being the first offering in the Metropolitan Opera Live HD series of broadcasts to movie theaters. Salome, as opera lovers know, contains a brief nude scene for the title character, sung by Karita Mattila in the Met’s current production, and I did mention the scene in my original post. Well, Firestats, the traffic reporting site that comes with WordPress, includes a section that reports specifically on the top search terms generating traffic for you. Right at the top in the initial week or two at the new home?: “Karita Mattila naked,” and a few variations on that. They also show up regularly on Sitemeter, which tracks this and my old address.

Naughty opera fans.

But no, we are not displaying any nude pictures of Karita Mattila here at Copious Notes, at LexGo or in the Herald-Leader. Thanks for stopping by though.

Apparently the Met did not show its star unveiled either (I didn’t get to see the broadcast, but I’d love it if anyone who did would comment and let us know how the show was and how the broadcast handled that scene). Mattila reportedly gives one heckuva performance, which you can see in the rebroadcast of Salome at 7 tonight at Regal Hamburg Pavilion and Lexington Green Movies 8.

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