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Cruise, control

FellowCincinnati Opera presented the world premiere Fellow Travelers Friday and I’m here to tell you that not only does the opera have legs, it has balls. Read more »

Why we fight

Daniels Walters weddingLongtime Friend of the Box David Daniels writes on Facebook: “Over the years, I have often been asked why I feel my sexuality is anyone’s business and why I am so open about it in print. Read more »

Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top) who is the Artistic Administrator at The Santa Fe Opera, for performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.” [Operafresh]

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Cold “Case”

First-time novelist Matthew Gallaway’s ardent love for Tristan and Isolde gushes through every page of The Metropolis Case. According to Gallaway, Tristan is the highest expression of human art, and the book functions effectively as the ultimate initiator in the cult of Wagner. The novel opens with a lengthy discussion of the opera in the format of an email from an opera lover to a less-enlightened friend, and characters are forever discussing the opera, saying things like “You don’t ‘check out’ Tristan. You become it.”

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A Noisy Place

Two versions, and it’s hard to say which one is more revolting, of one of the least savory moments in the life of Leonard Bernstein.

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Something unspoken

A brace of profiles in the March issue of Opera News engage the reader in a fascinating game of “the same, but different.” Simon Keenlyside and Paulo Szot are both baritones; both handsome, sexy men; and they’re both adept in classical and more modern musical theater forms. Both gentlemen are starring in new productions at the Met this spring, too. So… what is it that sets these two fellows apart? 

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Gay wrestling

La Cieca should know by now that any think piece that kicks off with the locution “I have from time to time wrestled with this conundrum” is just going to piss her off and she should just close the tab. But she didn’t, and this is what she found a little lower down (in more than one sense of the word):

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Breaking up that old gang of mine

Congratulations and best wishes to newly wed couple Ira Siff and Hans Pieter Heijnis, who were married Saturday in a politically-charged ceremony in Amsterdam. [via Reuters]

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[insert greek joke here]

Gay activists say they were attacked last weekend by members of the orchestra and the security staff of the Greek National Opera during a demonstration over a production of Rusalka.  Members of the orchestra had voted not to play the opera in protest against a scene in which two male characters were to kiss. The musicians handed out leaflets complaining that this kissing scene “tainted the central hero with homosexual tendencies.” [via Teacher Dude’s Grill and BBQ]

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szot out

According to the blog AfterElton.com, Tony Award-winning barihunk Paulo Szot “is an out gay man.” Writer Brian Juergens says the blog “contacted his publicist and were told that yes, he is gay, and we’re welcome to say as much.”

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