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Tuesday
Jan062015

OperaNow! #228: The 75%-er

Kennedy Center honors not high-brow enough...Opera Australia director bans critics...Idina Menzel like to just get by...More details emerge about the new NYCO prospects...Metropolitan Opera keeps changing the rush ticket policy...Turkish National Opera picks new ticket vendor.

This week in the Corner, Oliver promises to listen more to his co-hosts  until the flowers bloom again.

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

Reader Comments (12)

That Doug Dodson, I like the cut of his jib! (and I'm a completely unbiased observer, honest)
January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Dodson
Great episode! Definitely higher than a C-. Maybe even a C+. I'm glad to hear someone articulate my feelings about the Adel Dazeem thing better than I could, because I'm sick of seeing everyone jump to her defense about getting 75% of 3 million notes.

Also, Oliver, I love this Puccini streak. Maybe you have Butterfly coming in the near future...?

PS: I can't tell you how elated I was to get validation that my only recording of Boheme is the one you recommended (Tebaldi/Bergnozi). I knew you had good taste.
January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCody Quest
Very funny episode! I think MIke Mayes may well be Mike Rice's best impression on the show so far.
January 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterzach
Loved the Little Drummer Boy at the end Michael, it was lovely and choked me up. Really.
January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Sassy drag queen Doug Dodson is my new favorite OperaNow! personality. I hope he comes back more. Maybe Doug can develop a drag persona and compete in Drag Race. I can't think of an opera personality that work for the Snatch Game, but there's got to be someone.

On the subject of Idina, I'm fairly certain she already had nodes and had to have them removed. If not, it's only a matter of time.

I can't believe no one picked up on Oliver's boyfriend comment. He obviously wanted an excuse to talk about his new beau and no one gave him an opening. Poor guy. Next episode, Oliver. Next episode.

I really appreciate how you guys are open to (constructive) criticism and try to make changes when possible. I also appreciate how Michael tells us to fuck off when he's not interested in making a change. Got to appreciate that kind of candor.

Jenny, in my defense, I didn't listen to the last episode until yesterday, but I really enjoyed Jackson's (Jasper's) cameo. I think he should have his own segment.
January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy
i feel kind of out of the loop because i haven't seen either a Boheme OR Frozen.
but, great episode. and the spooky old recording was kinda cool.

oliver has a sort of boyfriend??

also, it is a fact that i drew a cow while listening to this episode.
January 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterandy
Nice George bush.. Er I mean, mike Mayes impression... Lol
January 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMazer
What's all this Doug the drag queen stuff - huh??? I must be going deaf as I missed both the OC boyfriend mention and the Mike Mayes impression - I guess I need to listen to it again.
Oliver, that last "guess the singer" segment was the hardest yet. I can't say with any degree of certainty that I recognized *any* of the singers in any of the three clips. Again, a re-listen is in order!
Poor Bobo - he got such a lickin'! Yeah, maybe in the end Michael is right and Oliver just needs to be..well, Oliver. Comments from the others on the Corner are great, but yes, are probably best when they're organic and come naturally. Did enjoy Michael's geek-out though - I think that's one of the reasons I love this podcast so much. Sure there are the dick and fart jokes, but deep down you all have a wealth of great knowledge at the base of it all.
Sooo interesting to hear about the backlash Jenny has noticed re: NYCO. More than anything, I hope the company is successfully revived for the artists as much as the audience. There are just too many amazing singers, musicians, designers and directors that deserve to be in the public eye more often and I'm sure have been left with significantly less prospects of employment after the company went belly up.
January 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergianmarco
HA! Great MM impression - caught it at the tail end. Michael you could have given Rich Little a run for his money.
January 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergianmarco
Oliver, Thanks for playing Magda Olivera! The La Boheme excerpt was very affecting. A great, great singer in the best sense of being an artist and inhabiting a role, despite some vocal limitations (in her case it can be debated...are they vocal limitations, or deliberate vocal and expressive choices). Her vibrato is more prominent when she was younger...I believe it probably was not the age of the recording that accentuated vibrato,. Whether she reduced her vibrato due to changing times, or a stylistic choice....who knows. and I don't really care; her performances are fascinating and timeless.
Bernstein's "La Boheme" with Hadley is one of the worst Bohemes recorded. Bernstein is killing his singers with slow tempo, and they huff and puff to make it through many sections; it sounds like he ignored the singers completely, just cranked up the orchestra and let the singers wallow. Hadley himself stated in an interview for Stereophile Mag that there were many other Boheme recordings he would buy before this one.
January 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbobo
Thanks for mentioning the Serial podcast. I just started listening to it. I'm on episode 5. ;)
January 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterzach

This episode was the perfect blend of insight, news, comedy.. all with a bit of Christmas carol, drag and impersonations on the side! Very entertaining! I'd definitely like to hear more Jax!! Happy Holidays albeit three years late.

August 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

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