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Paul’s campaign

That most achingly lovely of contemporary operas, Gregory SpearsPaul’s Case—which Our Own JJ described as ” a perfect marriage of text and music”is on the way to being commercially recorded by UrbanArias via a Hatchfund campaign La Cieca urges you to join. The recording is to star the original Paul, the ineffably effable tenor (and Friend of the Box) Jonathan Blalock.

Flip or flop

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The elf on the self

Tenor/Sunnysider Jonathan Blalock, recent creator of the title role in Mark Adamo‘s Becoming Santa Claus at Dallas Opera, discusses the “deep spiritual raptures triggered by the religious music of his church” and how “as an adult, he finally gave himself permission to explore music without the religious accompaniment” on the essential podcast The Sewers of Paris. (Photo: Matt Madison-Clark)