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Separated at paillette

Christopher Maltman‘s “Liza with a Z” drag for the finale of Così fan tutte at the Met recalls another iconic diva of the opera’s 1960s setting. Read more »

Opera = Drag

“The higher the hair, the higher the C.”

Cher public, you are invited to submit your own choices of images best illustrating the tenuous line between Kunst and female impersonation. Read more »

Turandon’t

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

From the perspective of current identity politics, Puccini’s Turandot is a disaster of epic proportions: a dumpster fire of misogyny and racism. Its plot concerns a Pekinese princess who avenges her female ancestor by slaughtering a host of misguided suitors. That is until a mysterious prince named Calàf melts her icy, bitter heart with his virile advances—a conflict and resolution tantamount to rape.  Read more »

Py shy

This black-box recital was an aggressively Gallic affair

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Erschlage!

Meet Andreas Rosar, assistant director and hero/heroine of the 2017 Bayreuth Festival.

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Wig schlock

Despite the participation of venerable composer Carlisle Floyd, the only distinction Prince of Players can claim is as the worst drag show in Manhattan.

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When divas collide, part infinity

La Royale hostessed a Fridays Under 40 reception before the opera, then graced a parterre box during the performance.

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Tales of Stefan

This video everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world.

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How’s your head?

Now here’s a competition for a parterrian: the Bayerische Staatsoper is looking for a drag performer to lip sync the final scene from Salome!

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French tips

Valerian Ruminksi, that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him?

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