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  • coloraturafan: It’s the Parterre, this is what they do! Gang up and trash anything they don’t like. Cyber-trashing... 9:41 PM
  • Krunoslav: Ja, ja. 8:20 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: Fair enough. Pretty much all a matter of taste. 8:15 PM
  • Krunoslav: No personal malice towards you or your passée diva. I just think her a career-long poor stylist outside of mozart, J, Strauss... 7:26 PM
  • gustave of montreal: That very interesting to read is. 6:40 PM
  • kashania: The more opera lovers up here, the better! :) 6:12 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Did he say that? Interesting. It may hold a clue to my own reactions to Bellini. 6:06 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Opolais will sing Nov 21, Dec 7 and 10 5:34 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 »