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OperaNow! #177: Katherine Jenkems

Il Divo fires back at the critics (and Katherine Jenkins' many dresses)...Local donkey gets big break...Opera telling a lost tale of the Holocaust premieres in Austria...Opera America doles out the cash...New York City Opera bits and bob goes on the auction block......Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet"...Hearing impaired teen opera singer gets grant.

This week in Oliver's Corner 5' tall Wundertenor Joseph Schmidt and his dream to sing La boheme on stage.

If you are in Chicago, a friend has organized a benefit concert Friday, February 1st at 7:30 PM for the Newtown shooting. Information can be found here.

Information for The OC's Schubertiade Superbowl Sunday Soire can be found here.

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


OperaNow! #176: As Graceful As A Leafblower

The Rat Pack of Opera...Minnesota Opera produce "Doubt"...Royal Opera to produce about 167 new operas in the next 5 years...Random list of male singers...Opera+Porn= ok by Oliver...Blind opera singer (Doug knows her).

This week in Oliver's Corner female climax is explored (version soprano française).

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


OperaNow! #175: Michael Loses It A Bit

Lyric Opera and Second City a hit...Roberto Alagna takes a mulligan in Opera Orchestra of New York's Andrea Chenier...Québécois tenor goes on vocal strike due to sexy posters (that aren't him)...Alagna & Gheorghiughiughiu split for good?...Tattooed opera composer runs for Czech president. Opera On Ice!

This week in Oliver's Corner your chest voice opens my heart the way the sun makes a flower's legs spread!
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.



OperaNow! #174: Action Jackson

New York City elementary school students learn Barber of Seville in Italian even if the cast at The Met didn't...Hungarian emigree returns to Europe thanks to Jazz Choir to sing opera in Italy...Dicapo Opera goes on hiatus to gather funds...Royal Opera at Covent Garden opens building to CCTV for the day (like every other square inch of the London police state.)

In the final segment of Oliver's Corner in Maschera, six tenors for you to guess.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Jenny Rivera and introducing Master Jackson Rice.


OperaNow! #173: Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays! 

This week we give some stories of Christmas past and share some OperaNow! carols of the season.

And this week Oliver's Corner challenges you to unmask eight sopranos in the role of Amelia.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


OperaNow! #172: Hanging From The Ceiling of The Met

Royal Opera Replace Leading Lady for Rare Opera...LA Opera Repays Loan...Met to Update Back Stage Tech...New York City Opera Sells Sets Online...George Steel on Casting at NYCO

This week Oliver's Corner drops the needle on six great baritones of the 20th century singing the masterpiece Verdi aria "Airy 2".

Plus, Guess Who Died?

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



OperaNow! #171: You F#*kers Get Up There And Do It!

What's the deal with Lyric Opera Chicago?...James Jordan runs down the best (and worst) in opera for 2012...New York critics savage The Metropolitan Opera's Don Giovanni singers (and that sets off Jenny!)...Teenage singer can hear conversations from two rooms away...Van Wert County Messiah soloists announced.

This week Oliver's Corner continues his series on Un Ballo in Maschera with six Italian tenors you should be able to identify. (Links to come later this week)

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

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OperaNow! #170: Oliver - A Bigot For The Left

Bellini plays on Broadway...Madama Buterfly 2: Electric Boogaloo...Nobody ever staged new operas...Virginia Opera ingests Lyric opera like sickly in-utero twin...Opera Teens chats with Peter Gelb...transgendered singer makes plans.

This week Oliver's Corner scratches the surface of pants (role Oscar). Examples by Luisa Tetrazzini, an Austrian and three American sopranos.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.


OperaNow! #169:...And Oliver Wept

Angela Gheorghiu gives too much in Tosca...David Alden's Ballo falls on blind eyes...Harry Bickett shows Clemenza at the Met...Lyric Opera Chicago chorus master resigns after a few brief months.

Oliver's Corner concludes his series on Mozart's Abduction with a breakdown of  the Act 2 Quartet breakdown of the Act 2 quartet.

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

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OperaNow!: Building Your Library - YouTube

We continue our series with the return of Ken Benson and the arrival of Ed Rosen! We have a great discussion about YouTube and the treasures you can find. A great show that could win us the Podcast Award! Clips are below:

Ed: Tucker & Tebaldi Manon, Richard Tucker, Corelli & Nilsson

Ken: Pia Tassinari, Fritz Wunderlich, Eleanor Steber


Oliver: Mark Morris Dido, Mariella Devia, Renata Scotto

Michael: Thomas Hampson, Luciano Pavarotti

Check out Ken at the Marcello Giordani Foundation event Friday, November 9th discussing verismo opera. And Ed thinks your should come to the Richard Tucker Gala this Sunday, November 11th.