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The Parterre Archives

The zine parterre box appeared bimonthly 1993-2001. Click on a link to download a pdf of an issue.

parterre box, issue 11: All those lousy Traviatas
The very first issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine. Featuring: We hear that, Thomas Hampson, I love my dead gay Walsung, Cavalleria Suburbiana.

parterre box, issue 22: Diviant Behavior
Carol Vanmess and Cheryl Strudel, Wolfboy, The Life and Times of Sunny von Bulow, We hear that, Why bother?

parterre box, issue 33: Valley of the Divas 
La Cieca’s debut, Awakening Scene, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Kathy Battle Scandale.

parterre box, issue 44: A Boy and His Diva 
The Phantom of the Opera is Queer, Stiffelio, Adriana Lecouvreur, We hear that.

parterre box, issue 55: I am divine! I am oblivion! 
We hear that, Have You Met Miss Jones, Dmitri After Dark, Call Me Magda, Your Queer Operatic Heritage, Soubrette from Hell.

parterre box, issue 66: Busted! 
Debbie Does Naxos, Cecilia Bartoli, My Own Private Montparnasse, The Texaco Opera Queers, Readers Rant.

parterre box, issue 77: Back to the future 
Rant, The Montreal Thing, Unmasking the Ball, Questo e Quello.

parterre box, issue 88: Those darn divas!  
Postcards from Two Lakes, To Wang Foo: Thanks for Everything – Anna Moffo, Zinka v. Eleanor, Diana Soviero, Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts You Never Heard.

parterre box, issue 99: Feminine, glamorous  
Fishbone, Amadigi, Menoriti Rules, The ’94-’95 Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season.

parterre box, issue 1010: Mud will be flung  
Del Monaco directs Butterfly, Enzo Bordello, La Gran Scena, La Cieca Predicts, I Never Will Forget Jeanette MacDonald, Divas and Their Boys.

parterre box, issue 1212: Kiss my mouth!  
Cheryl Studer phones it in, Licia boos, Death on the Nile (the historic turning point in Aprile Millo criticism!), Salome as gay text, Fishbone goes home, Easy to Swallow.

parterre box, issues 14-1514/15: parterre box has risen from the grave  
The “comeback” issue. La Cieca’s first howler: Maria Ewing replaces Jessye Norman in Makropulos Case, Gay Men’s Chorus, Farinelli, Nekkid Gays on CD Covers, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Fishbone at Large, Nothing, Fax from Flora, Harvey Milk, Dawn Patrol, Lend Me a Heldentenor.

parterre box, issue 1616: Talk the talk  
The Licia Albanese Gala, Mathis der Maler, Sunday in the Park with Scourge, Heads Will Roll, Readers Rant, Queenspeak.

parterre box, issue 1717: Sure, opera sucks, but… 
The Three Sopranos, Seat Titles, Enzo Bordello, Top Ten Queer Influences on Maria Callas, Fishbone in Philly, Fax from Flora, Mrs. Kavanaugh.

parterre box, issue 1818: Jessye was dressye 
Top Ten List of June Anderson’s Newly Augmented Repertoire, Master Class, Opera Continues to Suck, We Fear That…, An American Opera Queen in London, Slaughter of the Regiment, Duelling Mezzos.

parterre box, issue 1919: Cathy kills  
Busted Again, Questo e Quello, Little Stevie, Bartoli’s Met Debut, Soverio’s Butterfly, Fishbone, Ritual of Obedience, Readers Rant, I Hate Romans, No Comment, Road Kill, Fag Bashing at NYCO.

parterre box, issue 2020: Post-gala depression 
Worst-dressed Singers at the Levine Gala, Renee Fleming is a Mess, My Voice Gone Now, A Gran Night for Sinking, Ghaghiu and Lasagna, Il Trionfo di Westchester, The Hunt for Red Hot Diva, Richard Breath Wants to Know, L’homme a la Pomme, The Callas Circle.

parterre box, issue 2121: Legal at Last!
Patti LuPone in Master Class, 10 Rules for Stage Directors, Queer-friendly opera, The Artist formerly known as Maria Ewing, Incest is Best, Bleating Man, The most glamourous diva of them all, Heroin chic, Fishbone.

parterre box, issue 2222: A Boy and His Diva
La Cieca looks at NYCO, Festive occasions, Boys and their Divas, Ou va la jeune andouille?

parterre box, issue 2323: Forbidden Love
The tenor of very little brain, Catfight at the Met, Operatic tearooms, Randall Wong, Patrice Munsel talks about King Kong, Fleming Flappers, Is Kallen Esperian a duck?

parterre box, issue 2424: Soviero in cyberspace
Faye vs. Dixie, Holland’s tunnel vision, Enzo Bordello at the Met, The Kathy Lee Syndrome, Half-naked musclement, Getting your fach straight, Faggots and Trovatore, Zinging Lessons.

parterre box, issue 2525: Old-fashioned Girl
Deborah Voigt interview, Mawrdew Czgowchwz quiz, I’m not an opera queen, Moedlrollen.

parterre box, issue 2626: Scandale! 
Bobby Bob’s big mouth, Wig angst, Dawn Carlos, Behrens meltdown, Richard Breath wants to know, Opera is not porn, Little Stevie screams, Our lives are better than your lives.

parterre box, issue 2727: Debris
When your tongue gets a hard-on, Questions you’ll never hear on the opera quiz, Out West, Missed opportunities, Gaggles of queens, Enzo Bordello rants.

parterre box, issue 2828: La Vera Storia
Les excuses de M. ALAGNA, Homoeroticism at NYCO, Peter and Richard, Ira Siff interview, A boy and his diva, Boy was I disappointed.

parterre box, issue 2929: Role Model
Miss Bitchy Spice, Xerxes, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Aprite presto aprite, Joan Crawford operas, Bordello weekend, Interview with Charles Busch, Night of the unpronounceable cast.

parterre box, issue 3030: Melpomene Stessa
Ask Dr. Repertoire, Preview of the Met’s 1998 season, Interview with Ethan Mordden, Readers rrrrant, A boy and his diva.