An evening in the Sewers

Mean, moody, magnificent Matt Baume (left) hosts a live version of his celebrated podcast The Sewers of Paris this afternoon beginning at 5:00 PM Eastern time. Our Own JJ (not pictures) jumps into the conversation circa 6:30 PM. You can watch and listen to the whole shebang after the jump. Read more »

Heather on the ‘shrill’

Le duc d’Orléans, le duc d’Ayen, Duc de Coigny, la comtesse d’Estrades, La duchesse de Brancas…

Opera originalist Heather MacDonald is at it again, lavishing praise on the artistic conservatism of noted Tory David McVicar and describing Our Own JJ as “New York’s shrillest advocate for revisionist opera productions.” Oh, there’s lots more to enjoy! [City Journal]

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

Gregory SpearsPaul’s Case is on the way to being commercially recorded.

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Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

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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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