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Murder on the orientation express

The saying goes that no one hits a home run with their first opera. Rufus Wainwright seemed determined to prove this point and then some with Prima Donna, with its risibly clichéd libretto and music that was a pale imitation of Adriana LecouvreurRead more »

Happy National Coming Out Day

“Love is love,” tweets tenor Michael Fabiano.

Rara avis

Parterrians will surely be fascinated to hear that tomorrow (Sunday) a staged reading of The Lisbon Traviata (the play by Terrence McNally, not the recording featuring Maria Callas) will be performed at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Read more »

If it ain’t ‘Brokeback’

Between staging, music, and material, it’s hard to decide what feels most broken about New York City Opera’s American premiere of Brokeback Mountain.

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Thanks for scaring

I found Fellow Travelers intellectually and politically riveting, musically thrilling, and profoundly moving. It was a triumph. 

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Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

“The background chorus characters in the Broadway show I saw tonight unobtrusively included a gay couple, and jaded though I sometimes am I think that’s really neat.”

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An evening in the Sewers

Mean, moody, magnificent Matt Baume (left) hosts a live version of his celebrated podcast The Sewers of Paris this afternoon beginning at 5:00 PM Eastern time.

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Vo’ farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancora

“City Opera invites you, our fans, to march with the artists who create the operas you love.”

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