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Exactly the kind of boy he had always wanted to be

“Paul’s Case,” the short story by Willa Cather, is excellent material for an opera. It has a simple, linear plot; but its straightforward narrative belies complex ideas—ideas that become galvanized upon dilation. (Like those odd little toys you find in drugstores. Just add water and watch it expand!)  Read more »

Paul’s campaign

That most achingly lovely of contemporary operas, Gregory SpearsPaul’s Case—which Our Own JJ described as ” a perfect marriage of text and music”is on the way to being commercially recorded by UrbanArias via a Hatchfund campaign La Cieca urges you to join. The recording is to star the original Paul, the ineffably effable tenor (and Friend of the Box) Jonathan Blalock.

Flip or flop

flipSeparated at spitcurl: ice queen Vanessa (Erin Wall) and misfit boy toy Claus (Jonathan Blalock)?

The elf on the self

Tenor/Sunnysider Jonathan Blalock, recent creator of the title role in Mark Adamo‘s Becoming Santa Claus at Dallas Opera, guests on the essential podcast The Sewers of Paris.

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