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  • Ruxxy: Armer IMHO if you don’t play it verite it can also be viewed as racist – the idea of NOT blacking up implies... 8:01 AM
  • steveac10: I don’t really see the issue. Otello is a Moor – which would likely make him a darker skinned Caucasian more akin... 7:56 AM
  • armerjacquino: In a world without racism, or the legacy of minstrelsy, it wouldn’t be. But we don’t live in that world so... 7:50 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=aTIG 5gmYIGY 7:14 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Someone’s comment on Opera-L that Leontyne did note want to sing Desdemona because she would be the moor’s... 7:04 AM
  • Ruxxy: Sorry David I disagree- what is ridiculous is that blacking up or down should be an issue at all. 5:31 AM
  • armerjacquino: Not snark at all: there’s no way on god’s earth that Voigt will be singing Mabel. 3:29 AM
  • David: Good. Ridiculous that in the 21st century singers are blacking-up to play parts 3:17 AM

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic. He feels every age has potential to be golden, yet he adds that ‘we don’t know if it’s real gold until we rub it a little bit, do we?’ Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who looks to Mick Jagger for performing tips, strives to make opera zing, ‘like when you break an orange peel and there is a spray of some fragrant zest,’ he says.” [NPR]

Below the belt

Three of the Met’s most cunning vocalists, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau, wrap their tongues around the trio from Le Comte Ory.   Read more »

“Spartans, tonight we dine at Picholine!”

greek_night“Greek night at opera canceled due to conflict” [Indiana Daily Student]

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zwacky!

La Cieca isn’t sure how all this sorts out or how it relates to opera, but as she understands it, the show our JJ is working tonight at Splash Bar New York (“Dorothy Bishop: Sexy, Sassy and Starving” at 8:00 PM) leads directly into another event that involves free booze.  

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another pull quote we never finished reading

“But perhaps the greatest delight was witnessing Richard Bonygne wielding his baton. Demonstrating a general air of ease (but levels of energy that one might have expected from someone fifty years his junior) …” [MusicOMH]

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