It ain’t easy being tween It ain’t easy being tween

The purview of so much gay theater still focuses squarely on trauma—consider the recent Tony sweep of The Inheritance—that the story of a queeny pre-teen who loves Diana Ross and lives out loud unapologetically seemed like a welcome tonic.

on November 10, 2021 at 9:45 PM
Original ‘Sin’ Original ‘Sin’

I can safely say that this is the gay drama I’ve been waiting for: a genuinely devastating drama that doesn’t treat its characters like lambs waiting for the slaughter or overdose on weepiness, and a queer narrative that unapologetically centers the queer perspective.

on March 03, 2021 at 12:08 PM
Howards, endless Howards, endless

It’s not difficult to make an audience weep uncontrollably. But because it’s so easy, I think artists have a responsibility to not overuse that power.

on December 04, 2019 at 9:00 AM
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
Happy National Coming Out Day Happy National Coming Out Day

“Love is love,” tweets tenor Michael Fabiano.

on October 11, 2018 at 4:07 PM
Rara avis Rara avis

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

on June 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Thanks for scaring Thanks for scaring

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

on March 27, 2018 at 10:54 AM
Why can’t a woman be more like a man? 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.”

on March 14, 2018 at 11:40 AM
Purple hearts Purple hearts

Composer Gregory Spears is a unique example of this maxim that one must be “deeply rooted in tradition in order to innovate with integrity.”

on January 13, 2018 at 2:06 PM
We’re here, we’re queer (well, some of us) We’re here, we’re queer (well, some of us)

What the hell is Three Way doing on a list of 7 American Operas That Put LGBTQ Issues Center Stage?

on June 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM
Cruise, control Cruise, control

Cincinnati Opera presented the world premiere Fellow Travelers Friday and I’m here to tell you that not only does the opera have legs, it has balls.

on June 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Why we fight Why we fight

“Over the years, I have often been asked why I feel my sexuality is anyone’s business and why I am so open about it in print.”

on April 04, 2016 at 12:46 PM
Ott and proud Ott and proud

“Baritone Jarrett Ott (bottom) in Philadelphia, with current boyfriend Adam Franklin (top)…”

on January 31, 2016 at 7:55 PM

First-time novelist Matthew Gallaway’s ardent love for Tristan and Isolde gushes through every page of The Metropolis Case. According to Gallaway, Tristan is the highest expression of human art, and the book functions effectively as the ultimate initiator in the cult of Wagner. The novel opens with a lengthy discussion of the opera in the…

on December 28, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Two versions, and it’s hard to say which one is more revolting, of one of the least savory moments in the life of Leonard Bernstein.

on October 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

A brace of profiles in the March issue of Opera News engage the reader in a fascinating game of “the same, but different.” Simon Keenlyside and Paulo Szot are both baritones; both handsome, sexy men; and they’re both adept in classical and more modern musical theater forms. Both gentlemen are starring in new productions at…

on February 14, 2010 at 11:48 AM

La Cieca should know by now that any think piece that kicks off with the locution “I have from time to time wrestled with this conundrum” is just going to piss her off and she should just close the tab. But she didn’t, and this is what she found a little lower down (in more…

on October 03, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Congratulations and best wishes to newly wed couple Ira Siff and Hans Pieter Heijnis, who were married Saturday in a politically-charged ceremony in Amsterdam. [via Reuters]

on August 03, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Gay activists say they were attacked last weekend by members of the orchestra and the security staff of the Greek National Opera during a demonstration over a production of Rusalka.  Members of the orchestra had voted not to play the opera in protest against a scene in which two male characters were to kiss. The…

on March 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

According to the blog, Tony Award-winning barihunk Paulo Szot “is an out gay man.” Writer Brian Juergens says the blog “contacted his publicist and were told that yes, he is gay, and we’re welcome to say as much.”

on June 24, 2008 at 5:34 PM