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  • m. croche: In re: “those men with the little white thingies over their noses and eyes”. In Beijing opera, there are four... 12:04 PM
  • Tory Adore: Aleatoric opera- John Cage missed an opportunity here. 11:07 AM
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  • armerjacquino: Damrau’s version on her recent album is terrific. 10:16 AM
  • Often admonished: it doesn’t seem like an extremely demanding song The breath control required to phrase it properly has defeated a... 10:11 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Valla Allah! as my Turkish friends might say. 4:21 AM
  • NPW-Paris: So, in response to a qustion on anther thread about languages on this site, some Chinese is also allowed! 4:19 AM

Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.” [New York Observer]

Guilt trip

“Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste…. What a lot of opera queens flock to is a corner of the repertoire that can be best labeled ‘guilty pleasures,’ pieces we all know are of dubious artistic quality—but what fun to listen!” [New York Observer]

Mixed messages

“Geneticists use the term ‘hybrid vigor’ to describe the superiority of organisms that result from the breeding of vastly differing parents. For instance, the mule is more intelligent and more patient than its parents the horse and the donkey. When opera mixes genres, the results can be pretty vigorous, too—at least some of the time.” [New York Observer]

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Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.”

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Bum’s rush

Our Own JJ reviews Orlando and Early Shaker Spirituals in the Observer.

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Crack that Whip!

Ham and ex

Our Own JJ was only semi-amused.

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Don Carlo

Sometimes just pretzels and beer

Our Own JJ crunches the numbers at the Met and LoftOpera in the New York Observer.

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Manon

The kids are not all right

“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.”

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Donkey

Dongs of mirth and triumph sing!

Donkey dick and other Asian Fusion vaudeville acts arouse “The BAM Effect” at Handel’s Semele.

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“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.

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