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Cher Public

  • Opera Teen: Also, I first saw this when PBS aired it that following summer, so it makes me think of the... 9:59 PM
  • Bluevicks: DeMille seems to have a talent for ”fascinating ” costumes doesn’t he? First,... 9:56 PM
  • Opera Teen: Nothing particularly substantial for me, but I am SO EXCITED for Cenerentola this week. It was... 9:54 PM
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  • Krunoslav: “And Domingo is playing Athanael.” Will Michel Senechal be on hand to play... 8:59 PM
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  • Rowna: Thank you everyone for the nice words you had about my clip with a trill. I specialize in Hebrew and... 8:35 PM
  • antikitschychick: she looks lovely and OMG that black n gold dress is fabulous!! 8:21 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I was gawking through operabase and saw that Machaidze is singing Thais next month... 8:05 PM
  • antikitschychick: OMG Rowna that was lovely!! Kudos to you and thanks for sharing :-D. 8:05 PM

Recklessly passionate

Before you ask, cher public, there is no Issue #41 of parterre box, the queer opera zine, or, rather, this issue, #42 is the 41st of the series. La Cieca hasn’t a clue why the numbering system went to hell, but at least she didn’t let you down on content: Gossip about Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh and Cecilia Bartoli! An interview with Catherine Malfitano! Reviews by Indiana Loiterer III, Fleur Jetée, and Fils de Brahma! ”The Ballad of Billy Budd!” Plus the first installment in the serial “All About Steve” by the ineffable Manuela Haltertop!  [Download Issue #42]

Small scale

In art, less is more — at least most of the time. But Dicapo Opera’s presentation of The Martyrs is a little more less than ideal. [New York Post]

Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.” Our Own JJ lays down the law on the subject of autumnal opera attendance to his base audience of jaded roués and gay divorcées who lunch at the Ritz. [New York Post]

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The Cathy will rock

Soprano, stage director and now, apparently, activist Catherine Malfitano has collected more than 120 signatures on a letter “denouncing New York City Opera’s planned move from Lincoln Center and calling into question the company’s stewardship.” Among those signing on: June Anderson, Jane Bunnell, Tito Capobianco, José Carreras, Frank Corsaro, Phyllis Curtin, Justino Díaz, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Carlisle Floyd, Jake Heggie, John Mauceri, Sherrill Milnes, Jan Opalach, Samuel Ramey, Regina Resnik, Hal Prince and Frederica von Stade. [NYT]

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