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“Let them hate me, so long as they fear me”

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Monday in the park with mike

From up close, the miked opera singer can be a bit tough to take. Awkward out of her comfort zone and used to throwing her voice forward, she must scale back her sound and sauce it up in just the right places. She must act big for the back row, but sing for the cabaret. One overly harsh or bullying high note, and she’s the tuba in the library.  Read more »

Philip Gossett 1941-2017

The American musicologist died earlier today in Chicago.  Read more »

Nobody knows where it really ends

On this day in 1956, the floperetta Shangri-La opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, to run a whopping 21 performances.

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Let me live by my wits and Trost to my luck

I finally get to complete my personal operatic Top Ten this week with Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s Progress. 

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“Was this well done of your lady?”

On this day in 1963 Cleopatra premiered at New York’s Rivoli Theatre. 

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And the ‘Angels’ sing

Angels in America reimagined as an actual, full-blown opera.

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They’re broke and that’s oak

The important thing to remember about Druids is that they don’t follow fashion very much.

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Broadcast: Don Quichotte

This afternoon’s discussion centers around Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Quichotte, broadcast at 1:00 PM.

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Miss Show Business

Born on this day in 1922 singer, actress and vaudevillian Judy Garland.

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