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One finger exercise

loser-gilfryDavid Lang is, per The New Yorker, a “postminimalist enfant terrible,” best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning little match girl passion. I am not familiar with his work, but the little match girl was extolled to me in the highest terms by a total stranger on the subway platform (Nevins Street) going home from the loser, and in New York there can be no more exalted gospel.  Read more »

Tell me about the rabbits

Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]

Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele. [New York Observer]

Mortal purpose

The advance publicity about Zhang Huan’s production of Handel’s luscious Semele currently having its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music prominently featured a provocative claim.

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As nature intended

Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble (five singers besides Monk, plus three instrumentalists) are giving a program called On Behalf of Nature through Sunday at BAM’s Harvey Theater.

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Outskirts

As One is an opera about a boy growing up to discover that he is a girl.

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Billy’s club

When Winston Churchill was First Sea Lord, the story goes, an indignant admiral accused him of violating British naval tradition, to which Churchill replied that the only traditions of the British Navy were rum, sodomy and the lash.

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Hooterdämmerung

Is there anything more essentially operatic than the suffering of women?

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The private life of implants

“The queen of tabloid TV arrived at BAM Tuesday night in Anna Nicole, an opera brimming with wit and good taste. In other words, they got Anna Nicole all wrong.”

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Take the plunge!

La Cieca now would like to extend a special offer to performing arts organizations in the Greater New York are who would like to join the parterre.com family of advertisers.

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