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Me, Natalie

Happy 54th birthday soprano Natalie Dessay. Read more »

Billy Budd, queen of the birds

“He is, ultimately, the most modern and refreshing of gay characters: the pretty boy who got a bum rap and makes 50 guys weep openly when his exit music starts playing.” The New York Times wallows in the antiquated “Bury Your Gays” trope.

Nostalgia for places one has never seen

Following Peter Mattei in Billy Budd last week, “Trove Thursday” turns to a different sort of Swedish royalty with Jacopo Foroni’s rare 1849 historical melodrama Cristina, Regina di Svezia to commemorate the 330th anniversary tomorrow of that enigmatic monarch’s death.  Read more »

For art

Happy 71st birthday soprano Catherine Malfitano. 

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Broadcast: La traviata

Will tonight’s Met broadcast (at 8:00 PM) be croce or delizia?

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Don’t fach with me, fellas!

Happy 79th (or so) birthday soprano/mezzo-soprano Anja Silja.

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Out of the past

Opera premieres on this day…

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Der Meisterdirigent

Christian Thielemann is widely regarded as our time’s preeminent master of the Austro-German symphonic ensemble.

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