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  • armerjacquino: Sams has dropped a few clangers at the Met but on this occasion I think we should bear in mind that ‘Ja so sind wir... 3:49 AM
  • Krunoslav: A pity the good sisters in Compiegne had no access to the Jeremy Sams version of “We’re the Ladies of the... 1:33 AM
  • phillyoperalover: YAAASSSS internet! 1:17 AM
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  • tancredipasero: The guillotine strokes fall on specific beats in the score (but not predictable ones – not always on the downbeat(.... 11:50 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Zilio has always been able to command attention when she is onstage. She was recently quite wonderful in the video of... 11:01 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Interesting to read that Elena Zilio, comprimaria mainstay of early days of LOC is cast as Larina. 10:45 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: How the f*** do you figure a stuffed penguin in this? 10:32 PM

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! (“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.”)

French tips

Valerian Ruminksi (not pictured), 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? Well, he joins Anne Midgette and Michelle Paul (director of product development at Patron Technology) to chat with WQXR‘s Naomi Lewin to muse about online oversharing. (Hint: they’re mostly against it.) Listen after the jump. Read more »

Kind of a drag

La Cieca hopes her cher public will not be at cross purposes when addressing this week’s off-topic and general interest subjects. Read more »

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Platée du jour

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?

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The diva wears Prada

“Oubliez le XVIIIè siècle. A l’Opéra Comique, Platée s’installe sur les podiums d’une fashion week parisienne!”

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I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy

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.

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O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman.)

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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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Valley of the doll song

Separated at the 14th Street wig store: drag queen Lady Bunny and Disney princess Diana Damrau.

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Madame XY

Versatile diva Violeta Urmana takes on the demanding verismo role of Giordano’s Fedora for the first time at… Oh, sorry, that’s René Pape as Méphistophélès in Faust at Covent Garden! (Photo by Catherine Ashmore)

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