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Ja, sah er Baden ahn der Ruf

davidLa Cieca’s nomination for Song of the Year 2016: an elaborate but hideously tasteless unintentional joke.  Read more »

Conversion narrative

abigailleBlood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season. Featuring a vocally adventurous cast, and the keen conducting of James Levine, the company redeems a seemingly cheap and outdated production by Elijah Moshinsky, with passionate music making and searing theatricality.  Read more »

Le cirque des étoiles

florez berserkOf all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice, particularly with Juan Diego Flórez in the role of tough-as-nails ringmistress Monica Rivers. Read more »

How fatal was my sdegno!

I think we can all agree that this Anna Pirozzi is the real thing!

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High notes on camp

“In naïve, or pure, Camp, the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails.”

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The bough friend

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain.

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Drop dead diva

My first experience with John Corigliano’s music was in high school with the ear and mind blowing score he wrote for Ken Russell’s film Altered States.

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Top hatters

Christopher Alden‘s production of Handel’s Partenope is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.

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Fish are jumping and the dudgeon is high

“Quaint camp, says Rupert Christiansen.”

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Queen of the Maybe

“I didn’t think anything could be campier than Adriana. But this is nothing but camp. Adriana at least has tunes.”

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