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Monday
Aug192013

OperaNow! #196: I've Got a Gesture For You Right Here

http://traffic.libsyn.com/operanow/on196.mp3James Conlon cancels due to surgery...The Met responds to petition blasting Putin...Scalia & Ginsberg opera...Stephen Fry explores the "science" of opera...How a fall can affect your singing...Singers fall into water during Magic Flute.

This week Oliver's Corner (featuring Teresa Stratas and Angela Gheorghiu) returns and he is looking at your fingers while you are singing.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Peter Barbera.

Wednesday
Aug072013

OperaNow! #195: Don't Mess With The Hampson

Mezzo sues The Metropolitan Opera after falling through trap door...Thomas Hampson gets waterboarded by BBC's HARDTalk...Opera Philadelphia takes it to the fabulously re-furbed warehouses...First Pavarotti recording to be bundled with umpteenth collection of his hits...Opera singer accuses neighbor of killing her groundhogs...YOU try living in Russia!

Michael's Corner wraps up its look at Gilbert & Sullivan with The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers, Utopia Limited and The Grand Duke.

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

Monday
Jul292013

OperaNow! #194: Mark Morris - Triple Threat

Edita Gruberova speaks out about the loooong rehearsal process in Europe...Mark Morris presents Dido & Aeneas and Curlew River at Tanglewood...Bryn Terfel becomes recording magnate...Licia Albanese turns 100...Marriage of Figaro speaks to teens?

Michael's Corner continues with part 2 of his G&S roundup looking at Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Mikado and Ruddigore.

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

Monday
Jul222013

OperaNow! #193: A Most Ingenious Episode

Domingo expected to make full recovery after embolism...The Metropolitan Opera to install new seats...Odyssey Opera arises from fallen Opera Boston...Please writers, no more opera puns!...Grimeborn Festival returns.

This week Oliver is usurped and Michael begins a series on the works of his (and Harold's) beloved Gilbert & Sullivan. First up: Thespis, Trial By Jury, HMS Pinafore, Pirates, and Patience.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

Monday
Jul082013

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.

Tuesday
Jun252013

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!)

Tuesday
Jun182013

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...

 

Wednesday
Jun052013

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.

Tuesday
May282013

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.

Monday
May202013

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.