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  • mirywi: What are you doing this weekend? Wohin ich geh” ich geh? Ich wandre In die Berge. Ich suche... 8:48 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: When cornered by two muggers in a dark alley: “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!”... 8:29 AM
  • MontyNostry: When Dani (Dancin’ or otherwise) guested on last week’s interval quiz... 8:11 AM
  • Krunoslav: Du luegst! Was willst du, fremder Mensch? Ich…willR 30;nichts! Ha ha! Ein Welt, hoffe... 7:40 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: At a restaurant in Italy, “Cameriere, un bichiere di buon vino…” After a... 7:36 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Erin Morley was lovely as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Met last year. She was quite... 7:14 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Ouch! That picture looks like a rejected first design for Darth Vader’s helmet,... 7:06 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: A very young Danielle de Niese sang Barbarina at the Met in 1998 with Fleming, Bartoli,... 6:49 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I like Keenlyside but can’t picture him as Rigoletto under any circumstances. By... 6:33 AM
  • mandryka: Never a great fan of AG, I saw her several times when her performances showed up on my... 6:25 AM

Dream team

Director Daniel Moshel (not pictured) who created the YouTube sensation MeTube, sat down recently—and virtually—to chat with La Cieca (also not pictured.) Read more »

Notte e giorno faticar

At last, the quintessential targeted reader of parterre.com has been identified. Undoubtedly, he is “Marc,” the subject of Angela Christlieb‘s documentary Naked Opera, who “travels the world to see Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni in which he finds the perfect representation of a life without compromise: intense and profound, full of love and passion.” Read more »

A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan. On Wednesday night, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival hosted the Mark Morris Dance Group’s acclaimed 1989 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Rose Theater, and Morris who created the double role of Dido and the Sorceress for himself and danced it exclusively for over a decade was there–this time as conductor–with Stephanie Blythe singing the two roles from the pit as she had done last fall in Berkeley.   Read more »

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops.

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You will, David, you will

La Cieca hears that parterre fave David Daniels will get all eponymous and stuff for a world premiere opera entitled Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde, for Santa Fe Opera in 2013, with Opera Company of Philadelphia to follow.  The work is to boast music by Theodore Morrison and a libretto and stage direction by John Cox.

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Hall of shame

“What I find bizarre is the insistence that no one—not the school, not Opera North, not the local education authority—is being homophobic. Instead, we have the strange position that, because the children are of primary-school age, these lines are too difficult and confusing for them.” The lines in question are “Of course I’m queer/That’s why I left here/So if you infer/That I prefer/A lad to a lass/ And I’m working class/ I’d have to concur.” [The Guardian]

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World weary

You only thought the “Brokeback” Eugene Onegin was the gayest possible take on the Tchaikovsky “lyric scenes.” Now, along comes La Cieca’s fave director Stefan Herheim‘s extravagant, transgressive, high-camp symbolist (and about a dozen other adjectives) approach to the work, “gay” in the very best sense of gay sensibility. Video after the jump!

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It’s complicated

The ever-alert PR people at the English National Opera (why can’t we have a company like this?) have assembled a “what if?” video to promote Nico Muhly‘s impending Two Boys, and thrown in an admirably scruffy “reality” actor to boot.

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Victory, of a sort

The annual Duke of York’s Picturehouse Eurovision Party, which is apparently a gay institution in Brighton, is pre-empted this year because of demand for tickets for the Met’s HD of Die Walküre. [BBC News] (Voigt photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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