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You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Our Own JJ (not pictured except in spirit) examines why Bellini’s Norma should be considered “the Everest of Opera.”

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.

Mimecraft

“Joined by his Budapest Festival Orchestra and a cast led by Christopher Maltman, [Iván Fischer’s] approach might be described as an application of the Hippocratic oath to opera; that is, he first does no harm.” Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times. (Photo by Richard Termine.)

Panache room

“Roberto Alagna has found his most congenial and emotionally moving role yet: Cyrano de Bergerac.”

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I got through all of last year, and I’m here

“James Jorden always wanted to direct, but when he first moved to New York the closest he could get to the stage was in a low-paying job sweeping up bobby pins.”

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Leading lady

“She not only sang the difficult leading role, she also directed the opera.”

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Women beware women

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now presented new works in which women were variously gang-raped, eviscerated and executed by firing squad.

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The young and the restless

“We want to figure out how to create a nationwide change in how people think opera can be done. \“

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Alla pompa che si appresta meco, o schiava, assisterai

The celebrated ‘Triumph’ scene… borders on homoerotic porn.

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Incomplete artwork

“He towered over the listless supporting cast like Daniel Day-Lewis guest-starring in a marionette show.”

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