Cher Public

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.

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 »

That opera guy

“OPERA America is delighted to announce that renowned actor David Hyde Pierce is serving as the Honorary Chairman of National Opera Week 2015, encouraging audiences to explore opera,” OPERA America was delighted to announce earlier today.   Read more »

Gaîté Parterrienne

gaiCongratulations to the many, many of the cher public (pictured above) who really outgayed themselves (if such a thing is possible) with their vigorous and multiple entries in the “Tout gai!” video competition. The results of these perverse efforts can best be summed up in the phrase “gayer than eight guys fucking nine guys,” which also, coincidentally, describes La Cieca’s usual method of selecting a winner from among several front-runners. But she thought better of that, and she hopes that you, the cher public, can help her make her decision, post-jump. Read more »

Barge and in charge

Some things, like hearing an evening of chamber music on a barge in the East River, sound better on paper than they actually are. And some things work exactly the opposite way: for example, the composer David del Tredici. Bargemusic presented soprano Courtenay Budd in a program of two song cycles from the 1990s by the iconoclastic composer Saturday night as part of their Here and Now series. Neo-Romantic is not the most fashionable moniker for a composer these days, and art song is a tricky territory for composers with unabashedly traditional or sentimental leanings (Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcaroles […]

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Overload

“Mr. Okulitch and Mr. Hardy have matching black briefs over which they each wear half of a single suit: Giovanni, the jacket; Leporello, the pants. When they switch identities, they trade suit parts, again a vivid metaphor, and made more striking because both singers are so buff.” [NYT]

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Gayer than…?

What? Springtime? Adam Lambert? An Ungaro Spring frock (pictured)? Or that old standby, “gayer than eight guys fucking nine guys?” (Not pictured, alas) Yes, all those things are gay, and some are even gay gay gay gay gay. But nothing is or ever was as gay as this:

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