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Opera is about the possibility of transformation. An unassuming woman can walk in through the theater’s stage door and emerge on stage as fiery princess capable of making the walls rattle.  Alas, these transformations inevitably fail to stick.  Every Turandot must hang up her crown; every Elektra must put down her ax one final time. All performers must live with the regret of no being able to perform.  Still must  it not be better to have been able to perform and then regret what one can no longer be than to never to have tried?  This question is at the heart of Barrie Kosky‘s new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka for the Komische Oper in Berlin.   Read more »


Or, for those of you who don’t take pleasure as La Cieca does in inventing totally bogus German compound words, Itinerary for the Regie Tour. Your doyenne and faithful sidekick Dawn Fatale (also pictured) will be hitting the continent later this week for a taste of productions done in the German style. Any European members of the cher public who might want to meet and greet are invited to contact us at

A detailed schedule follows der Sprung. Read more »