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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.


OperaNow! #182: Who's The One Who's Not Regine Crespin?

Antonio Pappano bemoans the current generation singers and their frail health...Some singers respond...Vibrating sex toys are good for the throat...New Chief at Royal Opera...The Macaroni Grill best opera singer...More donkey news.

This week in the Holy Week version of Oliver's Corner: Dualing Grieving Momma's with a drop the needle on 11 singers.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Devon Estes


New York City Opera 2013-14 Season Press Release...

U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole (2010), a Co-Production with BAM 
U.S. Premiere of Johann Christian Bach’s Endimione (1772)
First U.S. Performances of Daniel Kramer–Directed Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók, 1911), a Co-Production with St. Ann’s Warehouse 
New Production of Christopher Alden–Directed The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart, 1786)

OperaNow! #181: Too Much Information

Metropolitan Opera National Council winners are announced and we dip into the OperaNow! Viewer Mail bag...Are singers sharing too much information on social networks...Are opera and ballet elitist...The lonley road of the opera singer...Children's opera highlights the plight of salmon...Another f'ing Donkey gets cast in Carmen.

This week in Oliver's Corner: Oratorio Now!  (he gave up opera for Lent).

This week features Michael, The OC and listener/guest Marcus Shields.


OperaNow! #180: Oliver Plays 34 Singers

The Met to reduce (some) ticket prices...Can opera play at the movies?...What does an operatic career look like?...Chicago Opera Theater goes gay for pay...Kiri Te Kanawa coming to Downton Abbey...Opera is for snobs (and people should be watching soap operas????) The Texas Tenors.

This week in Oliver's Corner - You shall know our velocity: The Rossini Rondò Finale.

Plus, Guess Who Died?

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


OperaNow! #179.2: The Hymens!

The first (annual?) Opera Awards are announced...Bryn Terfel's (ex)wife seen with local self-styled footballer...James Conlon to stay at LA Opera for the near future...Another donkey gets his big break in Ipswich.

This week Oliver's Corner shows some love for the Barihunks in their hundreds.

Plus Guess Who Died?


OperaNow! #179.1: Michael Actually Goes To The Opera

Quick bonus ep today. Michael, Jenny and Oliver give their thoughts about Powder Her Face at NYCO, Rigoletto in HD from The Met and Haymarket Opera's production of Dido and Aeneas.

Look for a full show this coming weekend.


OperaNow! #178: T*ts And Two Octave Leaps

The Opera Company of Philadelphia changes name to avoid paying alimony...Fire flies in the face at Lyric Opera Chicago...Choose the best (?) opera singer at Macaroni Grill...Neanderthals sang opera...Sarasota Opera seeks 4-legged cast member..Tulsa Opera to end Saturday show.

This week Oliver's Corner is in C minor and warns you never to sing Et incarnatus est unless you've had a good night's sleep.

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera-Rice.

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.