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Stonebroke?

New York City Opera apparently plans to finance its production of the opera Stonewall via a crowdsourcing platform 20-something YouTube performers use so they can afford to skip the occasional shift at Starbucks and concentrate on their gaming videos.

The male gaze

The third segment of New York City Opera’s gradually emerging 2018-2019 season will be Mascagni’s Isabeau, reported to be set for the spring.  Read 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 »

Kingly sex

As far as prewar Italian verismo goes, L’amore dei tre re is a supernova.

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Unprotected

Antonacci’s singing is remarkably beautiful for one who clearly doesn’t make that a top priority.

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Okay by me in America

Mariachi bands travel the world, make appearances in Hollywood, and moonlight on Linda Ronstadt albums.

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Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson.

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Allowing the birds to nest in your hair

In the seventies and eighties Dominick Argento (who turned ninety this year) was one of the most oft-performed of American opera composers.

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