Cher Public

  • Orlando Furioso: The lists of birthday celebrants are usually too disparate to imagine joining together, but today, for some reason, I... 12:06 PM
  • La Cieca: That Peter Gelb has amazing power, preventing your Facebook friend from being hired anywhere in the world except San Juan. 11:30 AM
  • La Cieca: Konwitschny notwithstanding, cutting the Traviata sung dances is very tough musically. The end of the opening chorus sets up a... 11:13 AM
  • Camille: Thanks very, very much for the calendar for the Boston music scene, which I will now bookmark and keep track of — had I... 10:42 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Now I confess that early in my opera appreciation days I found the flower song in Carmen completely boring. I... 10:05 AM
  • aulus agerius: I’d go to that in a heartbeat. But you’d really have to stay awake and pay attention – no texting! 9:58 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=wQRp 1Q-iy3A Here I go again….When I find them..I go nuts..Note the slight “glottal... 9:28 AM
  • armerjacquino: The Konwitschny production I saw at ENO cuts the ballet. It’s an option. 8:39 AM

Hall of shame

“What I find bizarre is the insistence that no one—not the school, not Opera North, not the local education authority—is being homophobic. Instead, we have the strange position that, because the children are of primary-school age, these lines are too difficult and confusing for them.”

The lines in question are “Of course I’m queer/That’s why I left here/So if you infer/That I prefer/A lad to a lass/ And I’m working class/ I’d have to concur.” [The Guardian]