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OperaNow! #192: L-O- LA Lola

Angela Gheorghiu claims spousal abuse...Opera and microphones...Opera landscape bleak in New Jersey this summer...Arts administrators are making some mad cash...Tenafly lad hopes to buck that trend.

This week in a YouTube edition of Oliver's Corner, Turiddu says "Peace Out!" to his momma.


OperaNow! #191: Happy Birthday, Oliver!

This week we welcome Nick Renkoski, Director of Marketing for Des Moines Metro Opera to talk with him about his HIIII-larious videos for the 2013 summer season...Jamie Barton brings the Cardiff trophy back to the USA...Lorin Maazel cries foul on crazy modern productions and tells people to vote with their feet and walk out.

In a very special birthday Edition of Oliver's Corner, The OC likes it cheap, rustic, and dirty.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

And if you can, drop by The OC's website to help kick-start his Kickstarter by flying Doug out to Chicago to prepare Dido and Aeneas.

(BTW...this was the first image that came up when I Googled "Happpy Birthday Oliver..the text was already there!)


OperaNow! #190: Where's The Beef?

Oliver gives his review of the Boston Early Music Festival...Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shoots off her mouth as scheduled every few years...Floods cancel Handel Festival in Halle...Friend of the show Jimmy Smith makes Leipzig debut...Britten turns 100...X-ray reveals long-lost notes of Medee...Corrupt Cook County opera company gives first scholarship to a trombonist (that's Cook County for you).

What may be the last Oliver's Corner on Handel:  Semele Part IV (No way THAT will happen)

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


And...For those of you NOT of a certain age...



OperaNow! #189: Semele, Schlimazel

Cairo Opera goes on strike...Fear of rain forces New York Grand Opera to cancel summer season...voice student sues teacher over inapporpriate behavior.

This week on Oliver's Corner Semele wears out Jupiter's thunder with an audition aria y'all should sing.

Featuring Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


OperaNow! #188: Stupid Podcasting Babies

First, a brief follow-up on last weeks episode featuring a new host.

Angela snags Romanian Eurovision countertenor...Opera singer proposes on stage...La Scala cuts back on productions for 2013-14 season...Bryn Terfel has a big summer planned (singing 4 concerts)...Singer looks for donations to attend a pay-to-sing (and needs help memorizing music).

This week Jupiter tries not to burn through another goomah in Act II Scene 3 of Semele on Oliver's Corner.

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


OperaNow! #187: I Thought Doug Dotson Was A Girl

James Levine has returned...Is Lyric Opera Chicago's Oklahoma OK? (L-A-H-O-M-A)...Chicago Opera Theater fills season with adventurous pieces you've never heard of...San Fran couple hold fund raiser for implants.
This week Oliver is back to his old tricks dressin' up as your sister, tryin' to steal your man.

A drop the needle on Ino/Juno from Handel's Semele.
This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson and (maybe) Jenny Rivera.

OperaNow! #186: Bellies Too Big To Embrace?

Stop the OPERA IS SEXY INSANITY...Pavarotti Pellegrino...Amanda Seyfried regrets quitting opera.

Oliver's final segment on Pelléas et Mélisande samples four versions of the love duet.

This week features a blistering and angrily-profane Michael, The OC and Matt Boresi of White Dad Problems.

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And how come their bellies touch?


OperaNow! #185: lonelyopera15

The Hymens are here...And so were the Opera News Awards...Joyce DiDonato Facetimes with you so you're not lonely on the road...Domingo given Medal of Freedom (by City of London...not the good Medal of Freedom or the good London)...German singer is self-titled Lady Gaga of opera...Katherine Jenkins butt up for sponsorship at London Marathon (so says Oliver.)


This week in Oliver's Corner,  Mélisande needs a haircut and Pelléas needs the witness protection program.

This week features Michael, The OC and Marcus Shields.


OperaNow! #184: Sorry, Eh?

Natalie Dessay is bored, but luckily, Danielle de Niese was visiting her folks in Jersey...Tenor in Met Opera Die Walkure pulls out mid scene...Meanwhile, Canadian tenor forgets to show up for the first act of Siegfried...Small NYC opera companies start to pool some resources...Jenny Rivera wows the critic(s) with her latest DVD...Cheesemonger to sing National Anthem.

This week in Oliver's Corner, Mélisande drops the ring and The OC drops the needle on Golaud.

Plus Viewer Mail and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


OperaNow! #183: Endiminimini

Lyric Opera Chicago lures young Gen X in with promise of booze and no opera...Lepage Ring at The Met continues to break down...NYCO announces new season...Russian opera chief dies after falling into orchestra pit.

This week Oliver takes a dip into the murky well of Pelléas and Mélisande.

Plus Guess Who Died? and Viewer Mail!

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.