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  • fletcher: HH, are you planning to go to Salonen’s Pelléas next spring at LA Phil? The semi-staged... 1:58 AM
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  • Batty Masetto: My late ex, a theater designer, used to tell about attending a Met performance (maybe... 1:17 AM
  • Fritz: You could still see blackface on British television until the late 70s. httpv://www.you... 1:03 AM
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  • Krunoslav: ‘Jolson’s style has dated terribly, but I don’t know how many performers of his generation... 12:19 AM
  • parpignol: I heard Rysanek sing in this production in 1977; I have no memory of the production at all. . . 12:06 AM
  • Sempre liberal: An advantage of cheap, distant seats: I have never seen a production looking faded or... 11:50 PM
  • Henry Holland: Pelleas et Melisande is a good example for me of the “traditional ” v.... 11:28 PM

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 »

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? I suspect the poor Infanta, who died a year later after childbirth at just 20 years old, was not amused. But, as part of Rameau 2014—a worldwide commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death—the celebrated French group Les Arts Florissants brought its surprisingly full-bore version of this sui generis comédie-lyrique–Platée ou Junon Jalouse–to Alice Tully Hall Wednesday evening for us to judge for ourselves.   Read more »

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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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Sobriquet sister

It was, after all, only a matter of time.

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