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Billy Budd, queen of the birds

“He is, ultimately, the most modern and refreshing of gay characters: the pretty boy who got a bum rap and makes 50 guys weep openly when his exit music starts playing.” The New York Times wallows in the antiquated “Bury Your Gays” trope.

Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked

“In this divisive moment in American politics, the Ring may feel newly relevant, epitomized by Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for President Trump, pointing to himself during recent congressional hearings, warning of what can happen when you are dazzled by power.”  Read more »

Born to lose

So, another way Anthony Tommasini might have put this is, “Robert Lepage‘s direction of a crucial scene in the Ring is even worse than Otto Schenk‘s, if such a thing is possible.”

Welcome to the Machine

Robert Lepage promises a more “urban” take on the work, “though not in the ‘Joseph Urban’ sense of the word.” [New York Times]

A very Millo sequel

“Can the Diva Who Once Ruled the Met Make a Comeback?”

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Keep it gay

Our Own Joel Rozen in Slate ponders the good gay vs. bad gay politics of Zachary Woolfe‘s New York Times celebration of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Out of sight, out of mind

Now, you would think nothing could please gaycentric La Cieca more than yesterday’s New York Times profile of the Met’s new music director…

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This is a job for Captain Obvious

“We’ve realized that, actually, the status quo is not an option if we want to survive, let alone thrive.”

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