Left to right, Ekaterina Gubanova, Latrice Royale and Latonia Moore after Friday night’s Met performance of Aida. La Royale hostessed a Fridays Under 40 reception before the opera, then graced a parterre box during the performance. Read more »
This summer’s hottest opera event was Stefan Herheim‘s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival. The video after the jump has everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world. Read more »
Lincoln Center’s Great Performers presents Diana Damrau on Saturday, December 10th, joined by Xavier de Maistre on harp, performing works by Debussy, Strauss, Fauré, and more. A regular at the Met Opera, Damrau has been called “a soprano of matchless intelligence” (Guardian).
“One of the greatest proponents of the German lied tradition” (New York Times), baritone Christian Gerhaher performs an all-Mahler program on Saturday, December 17th, featuring Gerold Huber on piano. The Telegraph calls him “the most moving singer in the world.”
Both performances are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
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! (“Für eine Lip-sync-Performance zu einer Szene aus Richard Strauss’ Oper Salome suchen wir Drag-Queens, Drag-Kings und gender bender, die eigenständig ein Playback der berühmten Schlussszene der Salome vorbereiten und Lust haben, diese vor Publikum zu präsentieren.”)
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?
La Cieca hopes her cher public will not be at cross purposes when addressing this week’s off-topic and general interest subjects.
What must have raced through the mind of the none-too-comely Spanish Infanta when she learned that the opera to be performed during the celebrations for her 1745 wedding to the French Dauphin revolved around the comeuppance of an ugly yet vain water nymph tricked into believing Jupiter was her ardent suitor?
“Oubliez le XVIIIè siècle. A l’Opéra Comique, Platée s’installe sur les podiums d’une fashion week parisienne!”
Freud, who hails from London, spent five years as the general director of Houston Grand Opera and is no stranger to bolo ties and 10-gallon Stetsons.
Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman.)
“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”