Cher Public

  • Milady DeWinter: Happy Birthday Alessandra Marc! One of the truly great voices of our time – and a diva who should have had a long... 1:33 PM
  • Camille: Oh thanks SPASIBISSIMO! Honey, I knew you’d be right behind me on that one so I had no fears for the mess I’d create!... 1:25 PM
  • manou: Bolshie – neutral. 1:11 PM
  • Krunoslav: BTW, Camille: Bol’shoi teatr (masculine) Bol’shoe spasibo ( neuter) Bol’shaya Olga ( feminine 1:04 PM
  • Camille: VERY HAPPY Birthday to the BOL’SHOYE Olga! The Best! That Pauline’s Aria will remain in my memory forever. That... 12:32 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Hi Cocky – you are ao right about Barton – all the best sound is in the lower half of the voice. I just... 12:27 PM
  • danpatter: I guess I’m a hopeless romantic/sentiment alist. The ARABELLA finale never fails to get to me. I like this opera even... 11:22 AM
  • redbear: It was absolutely clear to me that Castorf was deliberately making fun of and emphasizing the banality of the story and I cannot... 10:09 AM

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 »