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  • jackoh: The staging during the overture is taking place in the Don’s own bedroom as he and Leporello... 3:52 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Just to see if I am still on “probation&# 8221;, which was supposed to end this... 3:38 PM
  • Krunoslav: “You will notice that in the same post I pointed out how STUPID the frogs are for not... 3:31 PM
  • Buster: Time to vote! http://www.opernwe lt.de/publikumslie blinge-sangerinnen / 3:30 PM
  • almavivante: Very amusing video. Is this to be taken as an exception to one of the key opera rules someone... 3:17 PM
  • La Cieca: Carla, take a look at page 58 of that presentation. The Met orchestra’s base salary increased... 3:06 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Well, Batti Masetto has not criticized Bidu’s Zerlina! Here she is in Nozze. Will we be... 3:05 PM
  • Camille: Very intelligent and perceptively said, and a bravo and a bis 2U2!! 2:53 PM
  • ML: Thank you, Cerquetti. It’s starting to make sense. Glad to know it is Studer doing all the singing... 2:52 PM
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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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