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Cher Public

  • "98rsd, Sure they might like some bits, laugh at some comic opera scene, find some..." - gironabalie
  • "I disagree: if people can sit through something as stultifyingly dull as baseball,..." - 98rsd
  • "I don’t think the point was that everyone will like it, more that no one..." - mercadante
  • "La Cieca, 7. Never, never forget that opera is for everybody. Call me elitist if..." - gironabalie
  • "By the way, is OONY dead? From its website, it certainly looks, at the very..." - almavivante
  • "I must say the photo shop on this post is FABULOUS! Jochanaan looks as if he died of..." - laddie
  • "Thanks for including the write-ins, Cieca. Fun to read." - kashania
  • "Or Sharon Needles!!!!" - alejandro

Sumptuous feast

Long-time parterre fave Catherine Malfitano takes the stage at Manhattan School of Music in a new role, Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, May 12-14. (Photo courtesy the Baron de Signac)

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]

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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.”

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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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