Overachiever Overachiever

The program for Jasmine Rice LaBeijas concert as part of Works & Process at the Guggenheim on Wednesday, March 8 read a bit like a curriculum vitae.

on March 13, 2023 at 4:30 PM
Dragoon race Dragoon race

Jamie Barton makes her highly-anticipated debut as Carmen opposite the legendary Stephanie Blythe as her alter ego Blythely Oratonio. As Don José!

on June 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM
Sissy that Walküre Sissy that Walküre

The tiny but mighty Divas In Drag Italian Opera Company returns with a true Gaysamtkunstwerk.

on February 22, 2021 at 3:23 PM
E sogno? o realness? E sogno? o realness?

Meet the Divas In Drag Italian Opera, “bringing to life operatic divas of the past, through drag-matic lip syncs.”

on February 12, 2021 at 11:46 AM
Teach me tonight Teach me tonight

Virtual vocal coach Karen takes on the lean, lovely, lustrous larynx of Dusty Pörn.

on September 08, 2020 at 1:26 PM
Tales of the citrus Tales of the citrus

Opera Philadelphia’s Love of Three Oranges is never less than extravagantly entertaining theater.

on September 21, 2019 at 11:09 AM
Venusberg in furs Venusberg in furs

Le Gateau Chocolat will make his Bayreuth Festival debut in a new production of Tannhäuser on July 25.

on July 12, 2019 at 4:31 PM
Ringing in my queers Ringing in my queers

Stonewall threads some difficult needles with great success overall in this last installment of New York City Opera’s Pride Month Programming.

on June 22, 2019 at 7:06 PM
Chenez turn Chenez turn

Dapper countertenor Ray Chenez is temporarily putting aside the turbans of his operatic career for, well, the turbans of a Broadway diva as he appeals via Indiegogo for funding to record a CD of show tunes.

on July 23, 2018 at 3:23 PM
Separated at paillette Separated at paillette

Christopher Maltman’s “Liza with a Z” drag for the finale of Così fan tutte at the Met recalls another iconic diva of the opera’s 1960s setting.

on March 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Opera = Drag Opera = Drag

Cher public, you are invited to submit your own choices of images best illustrating the tenuous line between Kunst and female impersonation.

on February 09, 2018 at 12:51 PM
Turandon’t Turandon’t

From the perspective of current identity politics, Puccini’s Turandot is a disaster of epic proportions.

on October 13, 2017 at 3:06 PM
Py shy Py shy

This black-box recital was an aggressively Gallic affair

on September 23, 2017 at 1:46 PM
Erschlage! Erschlage!

Meet Andreas Rosar, assistant director and hero/heroine of the 2017 Bayreuth Festival.

on August 29, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Wig schlock Wig schlock

Despite the participation of venerable composer Carlisle Floyd, the only distinction Prince of Players can claim is as the worst drag show in Manhattan.

on February 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

La Royale hostessed a Fridays Under 40 reception before the opera, then graced a parterre box during the performance.

on December 04, 2016 at 9:24 AM
Tales of Stefan Tales of Stefan

This video everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world.

on August 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM
How’s your head? How’s your head?

Now here’s a competition for a parterrian: the Bayerische Staatsoper is looking for a drag performer to lip sync the final scene from Salome!

on May 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM
French tips French tips

Valerian Ruminksi, that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him?

on September 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM
Kind of a drag Kind of a drag

La Cieca hopes her cher public will not be at cross purposes when addressing this week’s off-topic and general interest subjects.

on May 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Platée du jour Platée du jour

What must have raced through the mind of the none-too-comely Spanish Infanta when she learned that the opera to be performed during the celebrations for her 1745 wedding to the French Dauphin revolved around the comeuppance of an ugly yet vain water nymph tricked into believing Jupiter was her ardent suitor?

on April 03, 2014 at 2:03 PM
The diva wears Prada The diva wears Prada

“Oubliez le XVIIIè siècle. A l’Opéra Comique, Platée s’installe sur les podiums d’une fashion week parisienne!”

on April 03, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy

Freud, who hails from London, spent five years as the general director of Houston Grand Opera and is no stranger to bolo ties and 10-gallon Stetsons.

on November 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM
O Caftan! My Caftan! O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman.)

on October 21, 2012 at 1:00 AM