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Cher Public

  • "For the balletomanes, Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Sleeping Beauty:..." - Poison Ivy
  • "I’ve always thought Die Kathrin was beautiful and would like to see it live." - Chester
  • "Fine, redbear, take week on moderation to reflect on how an American has..." - La Cieca
  • "Thank you for the report." - Fluffy-net
  • "“Passer pour un idiot aux yeux d’un imbécile est une volupté de fin..." - manou
  • "Got it chief. Opera is in no way connected with the real world. Those are the rules..." - redbear
  • "A socially relevant opera actually does exist! http://www.longbea chopera.org/201..." - redbear
  • "I bet they do a great Yvonne Loriod." - NPW-Paris

Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.” [New York Observer]

A committee should be organized

On this day in 2015 it was announced that Cecilia Bartoli would sing the role of Maria in West Side Story at the 2016 Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, no less! Read more »

My day at the polls has come to an end, I know

The results are in for the 2015 Pubie Awards, cher public, and may La Cieca just say that you could knocked her over with featheras some of the results! Read more »

Bianca Salome

How’s your head?

Now here’s a competition for a parterrian: the Bayerische Staatsoper is looking for a drag performer to lip sync the final scene from Salome!

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Merman Gypsy

Here she is, boys!

On this day in 1959 Gypsy opened at the Broadway Theater, to run 702 performances.

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Rienzi

Heralded tribune

On this day in 1347, Cola di Rienzo, a Roman commoner, declared himself Emperor of Rome in response to years of baronial power-struggles.

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Carl Rosa

Cooting edge

Fans of the “context-free laundry list” school of opera criticism will be happy to know that “the world’s preeminent philosopher in the field of aesthetics,” Roger Scruton, has now shouldered the white man’s burden of rescuing opera from interpretation.

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Mary

You mean all this time we could have been friends?

On this day in 1568 Queen Elizabeth I of England arrested Queen Mary of Scotland.

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Keenlyside

Simon, pure

Celebrating Simon Keenlyside, the most popular artist on your alte Jungfer’s Mixcloud Web site.

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drowned

Now you see her…

On this day in 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, CA. She reappeared a month later with the claim that she had been kidnapped.

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