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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.

Follow us at @operanowpodcast @theoperacompany and @whitedadprobs


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.


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.