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To Wong Foo, Fangs for Everything

“I’m pleased to report that Santa Fe Opera has announced the premiere of my first large-scale artistic collaboration with John Corigliano. The opera The Lord of Cries, in which John’s astounding score sets a libretto in which I combine elements from The Bacchae of Euripides and Bram’s Stoker’s Dracula, will open in the summer of 2021, with the equally astounding Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title rôle,” writes Mark Adamo.

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.

Oh the ombra of it all!

The expression “gayer than eight guys fucking nine guys” gets thrown around a lot these days, though perhaps not as often as it is presently at the Händel-Festspiele des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe. Read more »

Keep it gay

Our Own Joel Rozen in Slate ponders the good gay vs. bad gay politics of Zachary Woolfe‘s New York Times celebration of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Murder on the orientation express

Rufus Wainwright is determined to offer a spectacle and that intention overrides all other considerations.

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Happy National Coming Out Day

“Love is love,” tweets tenor Michael Fabiano.

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Rara avis

Tomorrow (Sunday) a staged reading of The Lisbon Traviata will be performed at New York’s LGBT Community Center.

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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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