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Monday
Feb082016

OperaNow! #249: Peter Gelb and James Levine Walk into a Doctor's Office...

Peter Gelb and James Levine walk into a doctor's office...Castleton Festival goes on hiatus...The Vienna Opera Ball...Renee Fleming hints at retirement...Make opera more relevant (blah).

This week on Oliver's Corner:  The inimitable Roberta Alexander and rising stars Noah Stewart and J'nai Bridges.

Plus, Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, the return of Jenny and special guest, director Paul Curran.

Monday
Feb012016

OperaNow! #248: A QR Code Full of D%^#s!

NYCO Tosca arrives with mixed reviews...Are we being too sensitive on the operatic stage?...Cross-over Dido...No Verdi or Puccini next season a Lyric Opera Chicago...Police called on man screaming in his apartment.
It's February, so Oliver's Corner can take a break  from researching operas and rely on the artistry of others. 
This week:  Leona Mitchell, Robert McFerrin, and Barbara Hendricks.
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.
Wednesday
Jan132016

OperaNow! #247: Hey...S#@tbird!

NYCO will finally rise from the ashes as NYCO...Mope from Harvard fills culture "article" with quotes...Lyric Opera Chicago launches Chicago Voices program...Anna Netrebko weds again in style...Shasta College hires pantomime bear for Bartered Bride...Guns cheapen Lucia's death in Eugene.

The final installment of La Sonnambula on Oliver's Corner: Amina, the Sleep-Cuddler.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Tuesday
Dec222015

OperaNow! #246: Amahl and His Pill-Popping Mom

NYCO Renaissance now front runner to lead NYCO...and puts on a Tosca in January...Montserrat Caballé avoids jail time on tax evasion verdict...Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker shows his "opera" pipes...Fred Plotkin, man about the world announce this year's "Freddies" for operatic achievement.

Poverty, kleptomania,  and child abuse - A very Menotti Christmas, THIS WEEK in Oliver's Corner.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Wednesday
Dec022015

OperaNow! #245: This Opera had EVERYTHING!

James Levine learns Die Fledermaus...Google will plant you right next to an oboe player on stage...fake transgender Carmen...Opera in a limo.

This week in Oliver's Corner, YOU get to decide who is Bel Canto and who is just Can Belto.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Tuesday
Nov172015

OperaNow! #244: Oliver Almost Went Out With Jeffrey Dahmer

NYCO Renaissance to present Tosca...Glyndebourne names new General Director...Sherrill Milnes celebrates 50 years at The Metropolitan Opera...Award winning singer serenades stranded Eurostar passengers.

In part 1 on Oliver's Corner on La sonnambula, Renata Scotto can hold a high C longer than you.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

 

Wednesday
Nov042015

OperaNow! #243: Hairless Tamino and His 2 Flutes

Why was Andrea Bocelli at the Richard Tucker Gala???...Another Opera Week in America has come and gone...More non-news with the New York City Opera revival...Opera Lyra Ottowa shuts down...Domingo survives galbladder scare.

In the Oliver's Corner final installment of The Magic Flute: The Hero's Journey and Peeta is Pamina.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Wednesday
Oct072015

OperaNow! #242: Ooof

Gotham Chamber Opera is kaput...Hvorostovsky comes back big...Levine cancels Lulu...plus more!

In part two of Oliver's Corner on The Magic Flute, Pamina wants to be sexy and sad,  just like her mommy.  

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Wednesday
Sep232015

OperaNow! #241: Opera's Top 8 Sexiest Administrators 

San Francisco Opera names new General Director...The Met talks a bigger lobby and their future...New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players cancel Mikado over racial outcry...panties tossed at Jonas Kaufmann at The Proms...Opera's "sexiest" Met stars...Houston Grand Opera offers free renewals to out of work oil barons.

This week in Oliver's Corner: It's raining men - the dudes of the Magic Flute.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Tuesday
Sep082015

OperaNow! #240: The Barihunk Renaissance

Loft Opera seems to have their shits together...Why doesn't anyone do contemporary operas again?...Why to program 'Murican opera...Opera News gets a redesign..."opera school" noise complaint.

In Oliver's Corner's final installment of Dialogues of the Carmelites: Blanche finally grows a pair.

After Oliver's Corner, check out an interview with Ned Canty of Opera Memphis discussing 30 Days of Opera happening now all over Memphis.

This week features Michael, The OC, and Doug Dodson.