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Sondheim sensibility: camp

“Camping” with Follies.

Though composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s works are famous for their structural and modular diversity, a closer look at their elements of cultural criticism embedded in each work give insight into philosophical and structural undercurrents that stay consistent through his career, chiefly camp and postmodernism.  Read more »

With one look you’ll know all you need to know

You naysayers out there who are guffawing at Renée Fleming‘s Broadway CD as the diva’s long-anticipated descent into utter camp: hey, be nice! Read more »

Broadcast: Vanessa

Live from the Glyndebourne Festival starting at 1:30 this afternoon: a target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>telecast of that campest of all camp operas, VanessaRead more »

Fun laughs good times

The legendary performance of “Hey Big Spender” by Marilyn Horne, Carol Burnett and Eileen Farrell has shown up on YouTube.

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Ja, sah er Baden ahn der Ruf

La Cieca’s nomination for Song of the Year 2016: an elaborate but hideously tasteless unintentional joke.

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Conversion narrative

Blood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season.

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Le cirque des étoiles

Of all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice.

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How fatal was my sdegno!

I think we can all agree that this Anna Pirozzi is the real thing!

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