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Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

This float (artist’s conception) will perhaps anchor New York City Opera’s presence in tomorrow’s Pride parade. Says the company’s rep, “City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love. Join us on June 25th, at 12:00 pm and show your pride for love, equality, and opera.”

And the ‘Angels’ sing

As critics attending a high-profile Angels in America reboot in London continue to mull over the zeitgeisty play’s contemporary relevance—and to pun the celestial daylights out of words like “heaven,” “winged,” and “seraph”—audiences across the Atlantic find themselves wrestling with a different kind of shapeshifter: that same sprawling “operatic” masterpiece, now reimagined as an actual, full-blown opera.  Read more »

You stepped out of a dream

Anna Hedy“Noch nicht fertig ist das Kleid für Anna Netrebko, das sie in der konzertanten Aufführung als Manon Lescaut tragen wird. 36.000 Swarovski-Steine werden dort aufgebracht.” [ORF]

Chat: Pikovaya dama

Parterre fave Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct Pikovaya dama, in which the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men.

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High on a hill was a lonely goatherd

“Revised version of Brokeback Mountain debuts in Salzburg”

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The hole truth

Finally the reason for all that screaming at La Scala begins to emerge.

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You’re the pants on a Roxy usher

Count on the New York Times to include in a photo caption all the information you really wanted to know.

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Gay cowboys rejoice!

During the Munich Opera Festival performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (28th and 31st of July 2015) Kristine Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko in the title role.

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Ennis del Mar! Il storpi montano splende come un santo altar

“The cast, to a member, embraces every chance…”

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Butt of the joke

“The deep stirrings that open Brokeback Mountain, the opera, rise up from the bowels of the orchestra…. And those tones are gripping.”

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