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OperaNow! #199: The Alma Mahler Sex Doll

Gerard Mortier out at Teatro Real...Juilliard grads bring opera to the schools via superhero stories...Opera makes mice live longer...Opera News Awards recipients announced...The tale of the Alma Mahler sex doll...Portland Opera has nobody to market their shows.

This week in Oliver's Corner five sopranos "pull a Tatyana" by writing one very long and messy letter that repeats the same phrase over and over again.

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


OperaNow! #198: How Many Crossroads Can There Be?

NYCO at yet another crossroads (and not the good one with Ralph Macchio)...Debora Voigt says to turn out the lights, the party's over...Gerard Mortier undergoes cancer treatment...Courting the young tech community in Silicon Valley.

This week in Oliver's Corner, we begin a three-part series on Eugene Onegin  just in time for the Met season premiere with the music of Lensky performed by Neil Shicoff, Nicolai Gedda, and two mystery tenors.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

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OperaNow! #197: Bathhouse Baltsa

Dolora Zajick backs out of Dolores Claiborne..."Hot" Opera "Direc"tors...At Tip For Stage Parents.

In the second part of Oliver's Gesture Corner, Juan Diego Florez shows you where the Emotional Zone is on your body;  Erwin Schrott and Denyce Graves teach you how to time your gestures perfectly; and three examples of Là ci darem la mano prove that it is best to always sing facing downstage.

This week features The OC and Doug Dodson.


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


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.


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.


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.


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...