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Hope Chest

Barihunk John Chest headlines San Francisco Opera’s Billy Budd in the fall of 2019 (presumably in Francesca Zambello‘s familiar Cruising-themed staging), according to Opera magazine’s frequently accurate “We hear that” feature.  Read more »

Barihunks without causes

Murder, ink.

La Cieca regrets to say it’s time to step back from the gratuitous display of bare skin in opera. Read more »

Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

This float (artist’s conception) will perhaps anchor New York City Opera’s presence in tomorrow’s Pride parade. Says the company’s rep, “City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love. Join us on June 25th, at 12:00 pm and show your pride for love, equality, and opera.”

Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top)…”

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Un Ravens kicker, ardendo di geloso furor

Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker may or may not be giving up his day job any time soon.

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Juan and two

I always think of Don Giovanni as half of the greatest opera ever written. Or, actually, about 2/3 of the greatest opera ever written.

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Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital.

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Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

West side, east side

Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Male fraud

Has Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast?

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Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.”

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