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  • pirelli: No opera company should ever attempt Threepenny Opera. WAY WAY too much dialogue (IMO it’s... 11:18 PM
  • steveac10: I read that the same way. Ironically it Joe’s old stomping grounds (the backstage... 11:11 PM
  • La Cieca: I’m calling “William R.” a liar for posting that original kvetch, and I... 10:53 PM
  • bluecabochon: If you don’t like my posts, you are free to delete them. Not entirely sure exactly *who*... 10:47 PM
  • La Cieca: And which union is the one that protects bare-faced liars like the one who posted this smear? 10:37 PM
  • bluecabochon: I actually posted this link to offer a glimpse of union members who are not the better-known... 10:35 PM
  • La Cieca: A source who asks to remain anonymous but who has over the years provided extremely accurate... 10:17 PM
  • Chirper: If you read the Times account, it sounds like both Gelb and Gordon blinked—the former by... 10:13 PM
  • ML: Lebrecht is on it: “Gelb Blinks”! 9:42 PM
  • ML: Indeedy. 9:40 PM

Call me Madame

“To play La Pompadour—what a delightful task! To be La Pompadour—what a gruesome fate!” Thus spoke operetta superstar Fritzi Massary after researching her role as Louis XV’s official mistress in the Leo Fall operetta Madame Pompadour, which was written as a star vehicle for “die Massary” and had its first, hugely successful, performance in Berlin in 1922, followed by runs in Vienna and London. Read more »

The Prince of Alice Tully Hall

Either you adore “The World Is but a Broken Toy” from Act II of Princess Ida and have always wanted to hear it sung by voices of operatic quality… or you don’t… and you haven’t. You are immune, as so many are, to operetta, once serene occupant of the theatric perch latterly usurped by the likes of Les Miserables and Evita. Long ago—but operetta seems always to have evoked “long ago,” to have been an art of nostalgia. Long ago, in operetta’s heyday, singers didn’t use microphones and the tunes that showed their voices off were a whole lot better than the current Broadway crop.   Read more »

Don’t ask, do “Tell”

Repertory for “Bel Canto at Caramoor” 2011: H.M.S. Pinafore and Guillaume TellRead more »

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talk like a pirate day

Pirates three: Kevin Kline, Rex Smith and Patricia Routledge. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/qbYScGigjd4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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