Cher Public

  • Hippolyte: It’s hard to think of anyone I’d rather hear less as Mimi at this point than Frittoli. 4:06 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I’m waiting for Vargas to drop as well. He hasn’t sung anything, anywhere, in like over a year. He canceled... 3:57 PM
  • JohninSeattle: “Poulenc punctuates a driving choral setting of the hymn “Salve regina” with the seemingly random “whoosh” of the... 3:53 PM
  • guy pacifica: Best. Headline. Ever. 3:52 PM
  • Gualtier M: Kahn did get a good review in Opera magazine: http://opera.archi ve.netcopy.co.uk/a rticle/july-1970/3 5/our-critics-abro ad... 2:45 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=E81 ICJywqwg 2:35 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Talking to some friends about Danny Kaye, and mentioned “I heard there were some rumors about Danny Kaye.”... 2:33 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: OMFG . . . you’ve GOT to be kidding! 2:29 PM

Arms and the Menotti

“…it’s not enough that The Consul is an inch-deep trivialization of one of the most momentous and agonizing events of the modern era, Eastern Europe’s (ongoing) struggle against totalitarianism…. Menotti, astonishingly, managed to ratchet up the outrage even further: He wrote an opera ostensibly about the horrors of dehumanization in which the empty characters exist only to be manipulated for his ulterior motives. That’s one hell of a sick irony.” [Seattle Weekly]

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), who will make his New York opera debut later this week, in, modestly enough, The Medium, everyone’s favorite supernatural Menotti Broadway slasher opera. Details for this event— which might have been genetically engineered to appeal to the mind of the average parterrian—follow the jump.   Read more »