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Py shy

Wednesday, not two weeks after an annual Drag Convention cracked a sequin-sized hole in the Javits Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music brought a queen of its very own to Fort Greene. “I ended my bulimic crisis,” an impish Olivier Py informed those who’d come to experience the first of his four-night recital in BAM’s Fishman Space. “I don’t mix pills and liquor anymore.”  Read more »

Broadcast: Otello

In a classic live performance from more then 50 years ago, Montserrat Caballé is Desdemona to the Otello of James McCracken, conducted by Zubin Mehta. The broadcast begins at 2:00 PM EDT.

Star search

Born on this day in 1907 soprano Jarmila Novotná. Read more »

The beautiful voice

Born on this day in 1894 soprano Elisabeth Rethberg.

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Steal me, sweet thieves

Ali Baba ou Les Quarantes Voleurs continues straight-tone September with Teresa Stich-Randall as its heroine while Alfredo Kraus scales the heights with another Nadir.

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O Don Magnifico

Happy 65th birthday baritone Alessandro Corbelli.

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You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Our Own JJ (not pictured except in spirit) examines why Bellini’s Norma should be considered “the Everest of Opera.”

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Triumphal Arc

Tchaikovsky’s Orleánskaia Djeva (The Maid of Orleans) kicked off Odyssey’s Opera’s fifth season

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“If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful”

Happy 83rd birthday actress Sophia Loren.

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Carte Blanche

Born on this day in 1918 mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom (some sources say 1915.)

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