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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 »

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, composer Charles Wuorinen’s ill-conceived operatic adaptation of the short story by Annie Proulx. As stands, the entire gambit seems practically beyond repair. Read more »

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. Our Own JJ (not pictures) jumps into the conversation circa 6:30 PM. You can watch and listen to the whole shebang after the jump. Read more »

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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And the ‘Angels’ sing

Angels in America reimagined as an actual, full-blown opera.

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You stepped out of a dream

“36.000 Swarovski-Steine werden dort aufgebracht.”

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Chat: Pikovaya dama

Parterre fave Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct Pikovaya dama, in which the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men.

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High on a hill was a lonely goatherd

“Revised version of Brokeback Mountain debuts in Salzburg”

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