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Cherchez la femme

Our Own JJ’s muse Dorothy Bishop returns to New York’s plush Metropolitan Room tomorrow night with another edition of her “Dozen Divas” revue, featuring 12 diva impressions in the breakneck course of a single 70 minute show.   Read more »

Hello there, masterpiece

Fellow parterrians, my review in the Observer of this year’s PROTOTYPE festival does not appear until Wednesday, by which time their presentation of the absolutely remarkable contemporary opera Dog Days will have closed. There are still tickets available for Monday’s closing night at the Skirball Center at NYU, and if you can at all be there, you must be there. As you will read next Wednesday, “After more than two hours of emotional pummeling from this magnificent opera, I felt like I’d been through an apocalypse myself.”   Read more »

Tell me about the rabbits

Among a trio of contemporary operas, Our Own JJ confesses he just doted on Heartbreak Express, but “You Us We All was not my cup of twee.” [New York Observer]

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Where’s the fire?

“Everyone complains about how there is no great singing in opera anymore, but last week’s performances suggest that’s not so. The singing today is mostly fine; it’s everything else that’s the problem.”

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Trovatore

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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She

He-who-must-be-obeyed

Read and heed!

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Berlioz

Summer nights

“Those kids in Bushwick have this opera thing figured out.”

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pleasure

Guilt trip

Part of what makes opera seem, at least, a camp art form is that fans of the genre have such inconsistent taste.

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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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