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“Venez-vous me mettre en bustier, cher auteur de mes maux?”

“Few operas better represent a moment such as ours, when stability and long-held certainties are hard to come by, particularly in regard to sexuality.” [New York Times]

The bough friend

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain. That’s not because the Stefan Herheim production is particularly abstruse but rather, on the contrary, because at least at first viewing it seemed relatively straightforward. On the night, I was a little disappointed because I expected something more challenging. Read more »

The blue dream

In the cult TV comedy Schitt’s Creek, there’s a scene in which the penniless socialite Moira Rose (the scintillating Catharine O’Hara) is offered an acting job, a commercial promoting a small-town winery’s ghastly fruit-based wine. “It’s our Cabernet Merlot Petit Grenache,” the vintner boasts, to which Moira gamely replies, “Sounds delightfully busy.” Read more »

Bühne nights

Your doyenne and her faithful confidante Dawn Fatale are off later this week for a safari, seeking the wild Regie in its natural habitat.

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From a distance

Things coming in the future, cher public: Anna Netrebko sings Adriana, Maddalena and Turandot; Stefan Herheim directs Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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The dark side of the moon

After viewing Stefan Herheim’s production of Rusalka, I’ve got a new category: “regie slick.”

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Rule number 11

Cher public, you may remember that about 18 years ago a parterre writer called Dr. Repertoire came up with a handy list of rules for stage directors.

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Rêve divin! heureux délire!

Attendees of tomorrow’s parterre meet and greet (pictured) are reminded that Our Own JJ will be available in the Bar Thalia area of Symphony Space beginning at 2:00 for ticket pickup.

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