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OperaNow! #216: Look Ma, No Orchestra!

Metropolitan Opera on the edge of a precipice...Some companies are doing fine...Covent Garden wraps up homeless Dialouges...Anger over electronic orchestra causes postponement.

In Oliver's Corner, we learn that Handel was the Stephen Spielberg of the high baroque, and Cavalli was the Orson Welles (?),  never mind.  Just listen to some nice duets from  La Calisto.

Tune in to the end to hear an interview with Eric Einhorn and Jennifer Petersn on On Site Opera where we discuss the company and their new production of Rameau's Pygmalion happning now!


OperaNow! #215: Goat Boy

San Diego Opera names former Lyric Opera Chicago chief Bill Mason as Artistic Advisor...What happened with the incoming director at La Scala...The Met opens up on budget and contract negations...Andrea Bocelli embroiled in eponymous wine scandal.

In Oliver's Corner:  if he-goats are a turn-on, Calisto is the opera for you.

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera


OperaNow! #214: You Stay Classy, San Diego!

The show will go on for San Diego Opera (sans Ian Campbell)...Metropolitan Opera and ALL the unions seem to be at odds with the orchestra authorizing a strike should talks fail...3 of Great Britain's hunkiest critics mercilessly go after the Octavian in Glyndebourne's Der Rosenkavalier and Alice Coote strikes back...Opera fans suffer more after treatment for prostate cancer...Opera News (Nudes) appoints new publisher...Anna Netrebko does video ad for Austrian Air.

This week in Oliver's Corner - Cavalli: What happens in Venice stays in Venice.

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera.


OperaNow! #213: Joan's Other Land

San Diego Opera Give Themselves Until May 19th...Ian Campbell placed on paid leave...Ben Heppner says "So Long, Eh?"...Javier Camarena receives rare encore in Cenerentola at The Met...Jonathan Pell stepping down from Dalls Opera...Canadian Music Festival Takes Down "Questionable" Billboard...Dave Mustaine of Megadeath shreds Wagner in San Diego.

In the final installment of Così, Oliver's Corner illustrates why you should never hire a sassy chamber maid if you want to live the Seria lifestyle.

Plus the answer to last weeks OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson and listener on the show Chris Ternes.


OperaNow! #212: "Ian Campbell: Trumped Up Little S@%t?"

The San Diego Opera madness continues: board members offers $1M to inspire a new direction...more and more scrutiny of Ian Campbell's compensation...they hire Clinton spin doctor...A deeper look into Ian Campbell...Gheourghiu cancels Faust...Jonas Kauffman and wife conciously uncouple...singer tries to defect to Italy.

This week in Oliver's Corner:  Fiordiligi, ossia, singing coloratura means you are a good person.

Plus OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

If you are in NYC April 28th, come to the Opera America Center and hear him spout off on online fandom. Plus, the gang will be at Music Academy of The West July 30th at 3:15 for a live show. More details to come.

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


OperaNow! #211: San Tijuana Opera: Donqey Showtte

San Diego Opera...nuff said. (Plus some other stuff.)

This week Oliver's Corner analyzes all of the secco recit in Cosi (whoopee!) and shows how singing in 6/8 can lead to immorality.

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


OperaNow! #210: Mr. Oliverchev: Tear Down This Picture

Metropolitan Opera to cut Union's pay and AGMA makes dire prediction...Placebo Dominguez is defying age (and gravity)...Kiri Te Kanawa (may) be retiring again...Thomas Hampson calls in sick for Wozzeck...Fabio Luisi wants you to smell you like rain-soaked skin and Earl Grey Tea...The 3 Little Piggies is back!

This week in Oliver's Corner, Cosi Fan Tutte, Part One ossia Slut Shaming Dorabella

Plus Guess Who Died?

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


OperaNow! #209: Guess Who's In This Opera?...FOOD!

Amateur archaeologist discovers Roman-era German treasure linked to Wagnerian Nibelung legend...The Hymens are back!...Lyric Opera Appoints Ethnic Ambassadors to the city of Chicago (they are free to wreak havoc across the city having possible diplomatic immunity)...City Opera family celebrate what would have been the 70th Anniversary.

Oliver's Corner is taking requests for his last segment on Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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



OperaNow! #208: Crossover: The Nicotine Patch Of Opera

Renee Fleming Super Bowl Anthem Monday Evening Quarterbacking...Katherine Jenkins Keeps Making No sense...Metropolitan Opera Reports Falling Attendance...Gerard Mortier says "Regrets...I've Had a Few."...Kim Kardashian to Attend Vienna Opera Ball...Botched Episiotomy Wreaks Havoc on Opera Singer's Career...Sacramento Opera & Symphony Gets Last Minute $500K Bailout.

This week in Oliver's Corner Part 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream - a look into the music of Britten's Middle- Earth.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


5 Things You Need to Know About Opera Before This Super Bowl