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Tuesday
Nov112014

OperaNow! #225: Neither Seen Nor Heard

Guess what we did for Opera Week in America?...Jenny's latest Huffington Post article on opera marketing...Should some singers be heard and not heard?...Florida Grand opera calls on Miami to get some cash...Enrico Caruso love letters on auction...Montserrat Caballe avoids jail sentence for tax evasion... Christine Goerke named Vocalist of the Year by Musical America.

In the Corner, Oliver finally recognizes why he loves Electra. 

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Monday
Nov032014

Die Fledermaus @ Portland Opera

Jenny and I put this together while I was visiting. Check out the vid and the show if you're in Portland.

Tuesday
Oct212014

OperaNow! #224: The Death of Michael?

Death of Klinghoffer debuts amid protests (but it seemed to go well in hindsight)...American orchestras are shooting themsleves in the foot...Paris Opera ejects woman in muslim veil after cast refuses to sing...Carmen smoking ban lifted in Australia...and some other random things.

In Oliver's Corner, Jean Madeira is mommy, dearest.

 

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, our old pal David Gordon and Our Man in Venice.

Monday
Oct062014

OperaNow! #223: That's Classy Protesting Right There

Rome Opera shitcans orchestra and chorus...Netrebko moving on to Norma after Macbeth triumph...Apparently, The Met's production of Death of Klinghoffer will silence the Jews...The rumors of opera's death have greatly exagerated.

This week in Oliver's Corner: part one of Strauss's  Elektra -Girls just wanna have fun! 

PLus OPERABUSTERS and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera.

Monday
Sep222014

OperaNow! #222: Is It Bob Odenkirk?

Vienna State Opera loses another conductor...Metropolitan Opera lays off 22 non-union workers thanks to Mike Mayes's's's' rants...Kiri Te Kanawa thinks Britain is "Killing" talent...Death of Klinghoffer protests scheduled for opening night at The Met...Man who beat cab driver fearing he wouldn't make the curtain of Fanciulla avoids jaintime.

This week in Oliver's Corner, Carlo Bergonzi just does everything better.

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug, Jenny Rivera and Mike Mayes.

Monday
Sep082014

OperaNow! #221: Who Are You?

Opera Tells Before and After Tale...Singer Fired After Ranting On Facebook...Alagna Scared Away By The Audience Again...L.A. Opera Extends Domingo's Contract...Met Grand Tier Restaurant Seeks New Manager on Craigslist...Lyric Opera Virginia Closes Doors...Man Beats Cabbie With Cane For Fear of Being Late to Fanciulla.

This week in Oliver's Corner: does Adina have any redeeming qualities besides being highly literate?

Plus Guess Who Died and and a new segment: Who's That Guy In That Show?

This week features Michael, The OC, Jenny Rivera, Mike Mayes and Megan Marino.

Monday
Aug182014

OperaNow! #220: Armistice

Met Reaches Deal With AGMA and AFM...Met Predicts Larger Deficit Next Season...San Diego Opera: The Whole Story...Wainwright Selling The Shirts Off His Back To Fund Prima Donna Recording...Mountian Lion (And Accoridng To Peter Gelb, Most Americans) Scared Off By Opera...Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Scraps Fall Season...The Show Must Go On...All Of Her Fingers Must Hurt.

In part one of Oliver's Corner on Elixir of Love, Belcore is a d*ck.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Jenny Rivera and Michael Mayes.

Sunday
Aug032014

OperaNow! #219: Live, From Music Academy of the West

Our first live show, from sunny Santa Barbara...

The Met union struggles continue but with some light at the end of the tunnel...Germany saves the day once again with opera jobs...Tamar Iveri plans gay bash to make up for her previous gay bash...Is opera racist? (probably).

This week in Oliver's Corner, not even Marilyn Horne can get him off of his script about Act 2 of Carmen. 

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Jenny Rivera, Will Ferguson...and MARILYN HORNE!

Stick around till the end for a wonderful tribute to Carlo Bergonzi by our Friend in Venice who has worked with him for the last several years.

Monday
Jul142014

OperaNow! #218: So Long, Kid

Arts Council puts the squeeze on ENO (they lost weight in preparation)...Eric Owens puts his money where his mouth is...Some revalations on how The Met chorus is paid.

In Oliver's Corner, seven tenors-you-should-know  show you how to talk to a lady, how to scare the audience, and how to vocally demonstrate wood.

Plus Guess Who Died? The Man, The Maestro, The Maazel.

This week features Michael, The OC and Mike Mayes and Tim Myers (with special guest stars at the end.)

Monday
Jun302014

OperaNow! #217: God Bless 'Merica

Opera Australia PR Nightmare...Chicago Festival Can't Pay for Beethoven...Klinghoffer and other problems at The Met.

This week in Oliver's Corner: I came here to give you a kiss.  From your mother.

Set your phasers to OPERA.

Plus Guess Who Died?