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  • Donna Anna: David, Watch “Alive Inside” if you want to see just how powerful music can be for people with dementia. Amazing... 9:15 AM
  • arepo: Can’t wait to see a real actor-singer doing Minnie in Santa Fe. That Poker scene has just GOT to rock big time! 8:15 AM
  • Loge: And quite open and vocal about it! 7:42 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: Barton is bisexual. 7:23 AM
  • NPW-Paris: There are more who are out, too. 7:13 AM
  • luvtennis1: Camille: It is a gorgeous piece – think Korngold crossed with late Puccini and a touch of Schreker. Get the recording... 4:57 AM
  • LT: I didn’t know Barton was a lesbian. There are quite a bit more in the closet, though. 2:05 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: No trips needed for Racette to study her new role of Minnie Girl of the Golden U-Know What. Santa Fe has at least a... 1:32 AM

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 »

Silvery Moon

German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius in "Tristan und Isolde" in Seville, 2009

The Berlin Philharmonic brought a spooky Halloween treat to New York on Thursday night, just a few days late. They are at Carnegie Hall for a three-night residency, offering the complete Brahms symphonies along with selected earlier works by that ugly duckling of Brahms disciples, Arnold Schoenberg. They are also far from home during Berlin’s anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, having taken a prominent role in the celebration twenty years ago. And it was an American – one Leonard Bernstein – who conducted Beethoven’s Ninth at the Wall, famously supplanting the word Freiheit for the word Freude in its finale. For most of last night, it would seem these remembrances were far from their minds.  Read more »