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  • messa di voce: Thanks for the beak! 9:16 PM
  • La Cieca: Well, he was drinking the blood of human sacrifices on the Grand Tier all that time, so a little... 9:15 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Maybe I’m just being dense or uninformed here about the way these transitions work, but... 8:47 PM
  • bluecabochon: Messa, I just posts it, I don’t have to prove anything that someone else writes about,... 8:46 PM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: Surprised nobody mentioned Fledermaus or Merry Widow, considering how often we’ve... 8:46 PM
  • La Cieca: Gosh, it’s a good thing that all fourth-hand anonymous gossip issuing from people who... 8:45 PM
  • The_Kid: i am sorry, but this is beyond ridiculous. someone should sue that guy. does Gelb also have his... 8:27 PM
  • messa di voce: Please give an example of a new production with “more expensive and detailed... 8:26 PM
  • bluecabochon: Here’s a beak. :> Why not? It could have been home office bookcases. I’m sure... 8:25 PM
  • The_Kid: Ooh yes I forgot all about ‘The Silent Woman’… ;.now I want to do a list: Aida:... 8:24 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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