Cher Public

  • Camille: Blimey! Cor! Blast it, armerjacquino!! What have you done here? You are upsetting the natural order of things here in parterria!... 7:44 PM
  • Camille: Yes she was, you are so correct. It was a déluge for nothing has ever been the same. My grandmother, who lived through the entire... 7:33 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Franz Ferdinand’s wife, Sophie Chotek, Duchess of Hohenberg, was such a beautiful and dignified lady. Their... 7:17 PM
  • Camille: PC–As it happens, the one and only time in my life I managed to catch the wonderful Ms Lear was precisely in 1968, in the... 7:17 PM
  • Camille: That’s okay as I really don’t care much for those high E things–they sound like hiccups. I just wondered where... 7:06 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I would not be at all surprised to see Zednik onstage in some small roles next season (the season book... 7:04 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Thank you for pointing out the editing glitch. Sometimes things get altered between leaving my computer and... 6:49 PM
  • luvtennis1: Too bad you didn’t care for the piece! It is kitschy. GGM can be pretty kitschy too when you think about it. I... 5:57 PM

Tears of blood

ToscaMaybe the third time really is the charm? After two previous productions of Tosca in New York City this season (the Met’s revival of the controversial Luc Bondy version and NYCO Renaissance’s depressingly retrograde take), New Yorkers finally got a pleasing, if rough-edged, performance of the Puccini classic from LoftOpera.  Read more »

Stella di Gowanus

Joyce DiDonato will launch her new “Stella di Napoli” CD with a intime performance in partership with LoftOpera at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn. The event will include selections from the disc as well as a preview of the company’s impending production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Details on tickets and such are all on the LoftOpera website.

Wang Center

The immortal Mae West, celebrated for her Dalila, had a curtain speech she recited following performances of her play Catherine Was Great: “I’m glad you like my Catherine. I like her too. She ruled thirty million people and had three thousand lovers. I do the best I can in two and a half hours.” Now it seems the NYCO’s Duchess of Argyll will have to make do with a mere 25 lovers  in the company’s production of Powder Her Face—instead of the originally planned 88. The reason: the stage at BAM is too intime to accomodate that many naked men. [Daily Mail]

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Opera with a whiskey back

On Friday, April 16th, American Opera Projects and Opera on Tap presented a triple bill of new works at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, including what is essentially a pastiche, a collection of songs, and a one act opera. There were highs, there were lows; there was booze and opera in the same room. I cannot say I witnessed history that night, but I had a good time, and isn’t that really what it’s all about? 

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