The usual...some good yuks and insight.

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The Met countersues James Levine...NPR "interview" on "#metoo" in opera...Real prisoners in Fidelio...Old Tyme recordings.

Oliver's Corner finally says goodbye to Semiramide with some tenor love.

This week features Michael, ,The OC, Doug Dodson, and Roberta is back!

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We are back again after a brief hiatus following our long hiatus. More #metoo, Sensational TV shows in headlines for operas.

Oliver's Corner looks at Bel raggio from Semiramide and we finally give the OPERABUSTERS! answer from the last show when Jesus was still alive in the church calendar.

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

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James Levine finally fired from The Met...he sues, and bad blood has been in the air for awhile...Opera singer once played a game of tag football.

Plus Oliver's Corner and the sad return of OPERABUSTERS!

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

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New Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has a full day...James Levine and his coterie of acolytes...More sexual assault fallout at Opera Tampa...How to improve your bass voice.

Plus, Oliver's Corner closes out Ulisse.

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The Met asks it's new music director to come early and Doug Dodson handicaps their new season...Austin Opera boots their artistic director after 27 women come forward...Transgiovanni.

Plus, Oliver's Corner

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OperaNow! is back after a long hiatus.

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OperaNow! is back for the holidays with a look at A Christmas Carol in all of its many forms.

Joining Michael are Chris Rice, John Greenbaum, and Anthony Barrese.

Thanks to Bulova and Chesterfield for their kind sponsorship.

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Hey Munich: You're wrong about The Exterminating Angel...Singers gather around to create a better experience...San Diego Opera asks the community what they want...New marquee goes up at opera house in Travers City.

Oliver's Corner closes out The Rakes Progress.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Kevin Kees and Roberta.

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10 years later, The Met's HD broadcasts...Edinburgh Festival offers refunds for Cosi before the show opens...Everyone wants to be in Mozart in the Jungle...Patinkin & Gunn...Anton Coppola going strong at 99.

Plus OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died? And listen through to the end for a special interview...

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Mike Mayes and old school host, Kevin Kees.

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How do you solve a problem like Peter Gelb? That aria is way too long...Opera composed by psychiatrist attempts to address schizophrenia...Pole dancer spices up Verdi (about time)...Young Pavarotti discovered in Wales (sort of.)

Olivers Corner continues it's look at The Rakes Progress with Act 2.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson

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Yannick coming to The Met (in 20 years)...

In Oliver's first Corner on The Rake's Progress we listen to Paul Appleby, Laura Claycomb, and Dawn Upshaw in her prime.

This week features Micahel, The OC and Matthan Black

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As we we ease back into things, we shoot the shit and disucuss a few stories.

The Norma Effect...New York City Opera announces first full season...NY Times talking heads try to get more people to the opera (and Michael solves the problem)

Oliver's Corner goes on hiatus to retool...next week, a look at the TV show Jackass.

Guess Who Died (again)?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

 

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So long, James Levine...

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Upstart Opera in NYC...Another Camarena EncoreAt The Met...ENO Music Director Resigns...Verdic Cycle Comes To A Close in Sarasota...Florence Foster Jenkins Movie...Greenwich Residents to Perform in The Sorcerer.

In Oliver's Corner we listen to Leyla Gencer, Piero Cappuccilli, and Dimitra Theodossiou in act 2 of Roberto Devereux.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

And be sure to check out La Familia Green for all your greeting card and stationary needs!

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The Hymen's Return!...First female conductor EVER this season at Baltimore Opera House...ENO chorus votes to go on strike...Roberto Alagna steps in to save Manon Lescaut at The Met (but thinks he overdid it).

Oliver's Corner previews Roberto Devereux, an opera you should know.

This week features Michael, The OC and Matt Boresi of The Paternity Test Podcast

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More mulling over James Levine's future at The Met...Seattle Opera unveils plans for new enormo-dome...Next season has first opera by a female composer in a jillion years.

This week in Oliver's Corner we listen to historically important recordings featuring Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Simon Estes, and Dorothy Maynor.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

 

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Peter Gelb and James Levine walk into a doctor's office...Castleton Festival goes on hiatus...The Vienna Opera Ball...Renee Fleming hints at retirement...Make opera more relevant (blah).

This week on Oliver's Corner: The inimitable Roberta Alexander and rising stars Noah Stewart and J'nai Bridges.

Plus, Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, the return of Jenny and special guest, director Paul Curran.

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NYCO Tosca arrives with mixed reviews...Are we being too sensitive on the operatic stage?...Cross-over Dido...No Verdi or Puccini next season a Lyric Opera Chicago...Police called on man screaming in his apartment.
 
 
It's February, so Oliver's Corner can take a break  from researching operas and rely on the artistry of others.  This week:  Leona Mitchell, Robert McFerrin, and Barbara Hendricks.
 
 
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.
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NYCO will finally rise from the ashes as NYCO...Mope from Harvard fills culture "article" with quotes...Lyric Opera Chicago launches Chicago Voices program...Anna Netrebko weds again in style...Shasta College hires pantomime bear for Bartered Bride...Guns cheapen Lucia's death in Eugene.

The final installment of La Sonnambula on Oliver's Corner: Amina, the Sleep-Cuddler

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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NYCO Renaissance now front runner to lead NYCO...and puts on a Tosca in January...Montserrat Caballé avoids jail time on tax evasion verdict...Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker shows his "opera" pipes...Fred Plotkin, man about the world announce this year's "Freddies" for operatic achievement.

Poverty, kleptomania,  and child abuse - A very Menotti Christmas, THIS WEEK in Oliver's Corner.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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James Levine learns Die Fledermaus...Google will plant you right next to an oboe player on stage...fake transgender Carmen...Opera in a limo.

This week in Oliver's Corner, YOU get to decide who is Bel Canto and who is just Can Belto.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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NYCO Renaissance to present Tosca...Glyndebournenames new General Director...Sherrill Milnes celebrates 50 years at The Metropolitan Opera...Award- winning singer serenades stranded Eurostar passengers.

In part 1 on Oliver's Corner on La sonnambula, RenataScotto can hold a high C longer than you.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Why was Andrea Bocelli at the Richard Tucker Gala???...Another Opera Week in America has come and gone...More non-news with the New York City Opera revival...Opera Lyra Ottowa shuts down...Domingo survives galbladder scare.

In the Oliver's Corner final installment of The Magic Flute: The Hero's Journey and Peeta is Pamina.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Gotham Chamber Opera is kaput...Hvorostovsky comes back big...Leving cancels Lulu.

In part two of Oliver's Corner on The Magic Flute, Pamina wants to be sexy and sad, just like her mommy.  

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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San Francisco Opera names new General Director...The Met talks a bigger lobby and their future...New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players cancel Mikado over racial outcry...panties tossed at Jonas Kaufmann at The Proms...Opera's "sexiest" Met stars...Houston Grand Opera offers free renewals to out of work oil barons.

This week in Oliver's Corner: It's raining men - the dudes of the Magic Flute.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Loft Opera seems to have their shits together...Why doesn't anyone do contemporary operas again?...Why to program 'Murican opera...Opera News gets a redesign..."opera school" noise complaint.

In Oliver's Corner's final installment of Dialogues of the Carmelites: Blanche finally grows a pair.

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

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Metropolitan Opera to abandon what some call "blackface" for new Otello...Steve Jobs opera coming to Santa Fe...The trouble with digital classical music...WWII internment camp opera in Seattle...Here's a list of new operas people like...Australian opera singer called "faggot" by mope at basketball game...tenor sings during brain surgery.

In Oliver's Corner - Part 2 of Dialogues of the Carmelites: Introducing Soeur Luna de Ravenclaw.

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

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Sorry for the sound quality...we tried our best to repair.

Santa Fe Opera Has New Building...Hanoi Opera House...Mayor's Concert to Feature Area Vocalists...Helpmann Award winner Jennifer Rivera tells you the top 10 things you need to think about to sing...Hanoi opera house will be repainted the same color...First opera in Pidgin

This week in Oliver's Corner: Does being a nun mean you don't get to sing a cabaletta?  Part one of three on Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Guess Who Died?

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

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ENO Chief steps down...Opera booed for rape scene...San Diego ends season in the black...Katharine Jenkins to perform "full" Carmen...Police on the lookout for opera hold-up man.

In Oliver's Corner: Rinaldo, part 3 -the perfect hero for our time. Part man, woman, and child.

Guess Who Died?'

This week features Michael, The OC, and Mike Mayes.

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Vancouver Opera goes to a festival season and some aren't happy...Hey, I'm just a critic!...Opera by African-American composer sees a revival...Jake Heggie profiled in Opera News...Berlin Philharmonic names new music director...Trans woman sings national anthem at A's game...Robot makes operatic debut...It's not a UFO, it's marketing.

In part 2 of Oliver's Corner on Handel's Rinaldo, everyone not named Rinaldo.

This week features Michael, The OC and Matthan Black of the podcast Doing The Work.

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BEMF Preview...Bartoli lives in Amereeeeca...The couple that saved San Diego Opera...Alice Coote...Florida Grand Opera finishes season in the black...

This week in Oliver's Corner, Another Mother of Dragons.

Guess Who Died? (And Didn't)

 

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

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Zachary Woolfe gives The Met a physical on (but doesn't make them cough)...Lyric Opera Kansas City fires their Artistic Director...We do some of the work...Countertenor moves to St. Louis to quell riots...Opera website will show one opera a month...Fat Shirley's to hold auditions in late May.

In Oliver's final installment of Dead Man Walking, Mazer the Hazer makes us cry.

This week features Michael, The OC and Mike Mayes.

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New Yorker article takes a deeper look at what is happening at The Met and the board responds...Anthony Tommasini hints that Domingo should "just back away"...LA Opera has a costume sale...High School seniors in Mobile Opera chorus.

This Week in part 2 of Oliver's look into Dead Man Walking:  Helen and Joseph go together like peas and carrots.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Direct download: on233.mp3
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San Diego Opera names new General Director...Met Opera Board President doesn't stand for reelection...How to get rehired for a choral gig...ENO creates new CEO role...Bartoli pulls out of west coast tour...Julius Rudel memorial concert for NYCO Renascence. 

This week in Oliver's Corner: Spoiler Alert - Dead Man gets out of jail because his ma' sang an aria about forgiveness. 

Vote for us for a Podcast Award in Cultural/Arts. You can vote once a day till March 24th

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Every month is Black History Month!

This week features Michael, The OC (coming in later), Jenny Rivera and Mike Mayes

Voting has begun for the Podcast Awards...you can vote for us onece a day in the Cutural/Arts category...after you vote you submit your name and email and then need to confirm your vote via a link sent to your email address.

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Julius Rudel concert set to benefit NYCO Renaissance...Protestor storms The Met stage...The show goes on in Donetsk...Critic responds to critics.

This week Oliver's Corner is feeling lazy and celebrates Black History Month but one has nothing to do with the other.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and old pal, David Gordon (not THAT one).

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The 10 annual podcast awards are here. Nominate us at podcastawards.com in the Cultural/Arts Category!

 

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Deborah Voigt bares all in new book...Conductor backs out of performance when they won't play Hatikva...The Hymens are back!...Flordia Grand Opera receives donation to save Ft. Lauderdale performances...Can you procreate and create?...Craigslist.

Oliver says farewell Boheme with a broes before hoes dedication.

Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Jenny Rivera and Matt Boresi of the hit Podbean podcast, White Dad Problems.

Check out Matt's upcoming show with Urban Arias here.

Direct download: on229.mp3
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Kennedy Center honors not high-brow enough...Opera Australia director bans critics...Idina Menzel like to justget by...More details emerge about the new NYCO prospects...Metropolitan Opera keeps changing the rush ticket policy...Turkish National Opera picks new ticket vendor.

This week in the Corner, Oliver promises to listen more to his co-hosts until the flowers bloom again.

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

Direct download: on228.mp3
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Didn't have the good mic, but enjoy! And thanks for listenig all year long.

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Is NYCO on th way back?...Anna Netrebko steps in it...The Opera News awards are back!...New roof for Tri-Cities Opera...Opera gets undressed.

It's Christmas Eve in Oliver's Corner. Quick, add these two bills together.  The gentleman who was with me will pay.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

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I was a teenage terrorist (in an opera)...Rome Opera agrees to endstandoff...Young Canadian singers vie for $450 loonies...Minnesota Opera GDresigns...San Diego Opera a "Going Concern"...Green Mountain Opera Festival shutting down......Met deficit sits at $22 million...Barenboim steps down at La Scala...Met seeks lunch-lady...Camels take center stage.

In Oliver's Corner: The 2014 Fantasy League La bohème.

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

Direct download: on226.mp3
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Guess what we did for Opera Week in America?...Jenny's latest Huffington Post article on opera marketing...Should some singers be heard and not heard?...Florida Grand opera calls on Miami to get some cash...Enrico Caruso love letters on auction...Montserrat Caballe avoids jail sentence for tax evasion... Christine Goerke named Vocalist of the Year by Musical America.

In the Corner, Oliver finally recognizes why he loves Electra.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Death of Klinghoffer debuts amid protests (but it seemed to go well in hindsight)...American Orchestras are shooting themsleves in the foot...Paris Opera Ejects Woman In Muslim Veil After Cast Refuses To Sing...Carmen Smoking Ban Lifted In Australia...

In Oliver's Corner, Jean Madeira is mommy, dearest.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, our old pal David Gordon and Our Man in Venice.

Direct download: on224.mp3
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Rome Opera shitcans orchestra and chorus...Netrebko moving on to Norma after Macbeth triumph...Apparently, The Met's production of Death of Klinghoffer will silence the Jews...The rumors of opera's death have greatly exagerated.

This week in Oliver's Corner: part one of Strauss's  Elektra -Girls just wanna have fun! 

Plus OPERABUSTES and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera.

Direct download: on223.mp3
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Vienna State Opera loses another conductor...Metropolitan Opera lays off 22 non-union workers thanks to Mike Mayes's's's' rants...Kiri Te Kanawa thinks Britain is "Killing" talent...Death of Klinghoffer protests scheduled for opening night at The Met...Man who beat cab driver fearing he wouldn't make the curtain of Fanciulla avoids jaintime.

This week in Oliver's Corner, Carlo Bergonzi just does everything better.

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

Direct download: on222.mp3
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Opera Tells Before and After Tale...Singer Fired After Ranting On Facebook...Alagna Scared Away By The Audience Again...L.A. Opera Extends Domingo's Contract...Met Grand Tier Restaurant Seeks New Manager on Craigslist...Lyric Opera Virginia Closes Doors...Man Beats Cabbie With Cane For Fear of Being Late to Fanciulla.

This week in Oliver's Corner: does Adina have any redeeming qualities besides being highly literate?

Plus Guess Who Died and and a new segment: Who's That Guy In That Show?

This week features Michael, The OC, Jenny Rivera, Mike Mayes and Megan Marino.

Direct download: on221.mp3
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Met Reaches Deal With AGMA and AFM...Met Predicts Larger Deficit Next Season...San Diego Opera: The Whole Story...Wainwright Selling The Shirts Off His Back To Fund Prima Donna Recording...Mountian Lion (And Accoridng To Peter Gelb, Most Americans) Scared Off By Opera...Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Scraps Fall Season...The Show Must Go On...All Of Her Fingers Must Hurt.

In part one of Oliver's Corner on Elixir of Love, Belcore is a d*ck.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

Direct download: on220.mp3
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Our first live show, from sunny Santa Barbara...

The Met union struggles continue but with some light at the end of the tunnel...Germany saves the day once again with opera jobs...Tamar Iveri plans gay bash to make up for her previous gay bash...Is opera racist? (probably).

This week in Oliver's Corner, not even Marilyn Horne can get him off of his script about Act 2 of Carmen. 

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Jenny Rivera, Will Ferguson...and MARYLIN HORNE!

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Arts Council puts the squeeze on ENO (they lost weight in preparation)...Eric Owens puts his money where his mouth is...Some revalations on how The Met chorus is paid.

In Oliver's Corner, seven tenors-you-should-know show you how to talk to a lady, how to scare the audience, and how to vocally demonstrate wood.

Plus Guess Who Died? The Man, The Maestro, The Maazel.

This week features Michael, The OC and Mike Mayes and Tim Myers (with special guest stars at the end.)

Direct download: on218.mp3
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Opera Australia PR Nightmare...Chicago Festival Can't Pay for Beethoven...Klinghoffer and other problems at The Met.

This week in Oliver's Corner: I came here to give you a kiss.  From your mother.

Set your phasers to OPERA.

Plus Guess Who Died?

Direct download: on217.mp3
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Metropolitan Opera on the edge of a precipice...Some companies are doing fine...Covent Garden wraps up homeless Dialouges...Anger over electronic orchestra causes postponement.

In Oliver's Corner, we learn that Handel was the Stephen Spielberg of the high baroque, and Cavalli was the Orson Welles (?) of......aw,  never mind.  Just listen to some nice duets from  La Calisto.

Tune in to the end to hear an interview with Eric Einhorn and Jennifer Petersn on On Site Opera where we discuss the company and their new production of Rameau's Pygmalion happning now!

Direct download: on216.mp3
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San Diego Opera names former Lyric Opera Chicago chief Bill Mason as Artistic Advisor...What happened with the incoming director at La Scala...The Met opens up on budget and contract negations...Andrea Bocelli embroiled in eponymous wine scandal.

In Oliver's Corner:  if he-goats are a turn-on, Calisto is the opera for you.

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32am PDT

The show will go on for San Diego Opera (sans Ian Campbell)...Metropolitan Opera and ALL the unions seem to be at odds with the orchestra authorizing a strike should talks fail...3 of Great Britain's hunkiest critics mercilessly go after the Octavian's appearance in Glyndebourne's Der Rosenkavalier and Alice Coote strikes back...Opera fans suffer more after treatment for prostate cancer...Opera News (Nudes) appoints new publisher...Anna Netrebko does video ad for Austrian Air.

Oliver's Corner

This week features Michael, The OC and Jenny Rivera.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22am PDT

San Diego Opera Give Themselves Until May 19th...Ian Campbell placed on paid leave...Ben Heppner says "So Long, Eh?"...Javier Camarena receives rare encore in Cenerentola at The Met...Jonathan Pell steppingdown from Dalls Opera...Canadian Music Festival Takes Down "Questionable" Billboard...Dave Mustaine of Megadeath shreds Wagner in San Diego.

In the final installment of Così, Oliver's Corner illustrates why you should never hire a sassy chamber maid if you want to live the Seria lifestyle.

Plus the answer to last weeks OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson and listener on the show Chris Ternes.

Direct download: on213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27am PDT

The San Diego Opera madness continues: board members offers $1M to inspire a new direction...more and more scrutiny of Ian Campbell'scompensation...they hire Clinton spin doctor...A deeper look into Ian Campbell...Gheourghiu cancels Faust...Jonas Kauffman and wife conciously uncouple...singer tries to defect to Italy.

This week in Oliver's Corner:  Fiordiligi, ossia, singing coloratura means you are a good person.

Plus OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

If you are in NYC April 28th, come to the Opera America Center and hear him spout off on online fandom. Plus, the gang will be at Music Academy of The West July 30th at 3:15 for a live show. More details to come.

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson andMike Mayes.

Direct download: on212.mp3
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San Diego Opera...nuff said.

This week Oliver's Corner analyzes all of the secco recit in Cosi (whoopee!) and shows how singing in 6/8 can lead to immorality.

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

Direct download: on211.mp3
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Metropolitan Opera to cut Union's pay and AGMA makes dire prediction...Placebo Dominguez is defying age (and gravity)...Kiri Te Kanawa (may) be retiring again...Thomas Hampson calls in sick for Wozzeck...Fabio Luisi wants you to smell you like rain-soaked skin and Earl Grey Tea...The 3 Little Piggies is back!

This week in Oliver's Corner, Cosi Fan TuttePart One ossia Slut Shaming Dorabella

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06am PDT

Amateur archaeologist discovers Roman-era German treasure linked to Wagnerian Nibelung legend...The Hymens are back!...Lyric Opera Appoints Ethnic Ambassadors to the city of Chicago (they are free to wreak havoc across the city having possible diplomatic immunity)...City Opera family celebrate what would have been the 70th Anniversary.

Oliver's Corner is taking requests for his last segment on Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

Direct download: on209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am PDT

Renee Fleming Super Bowl Anthem Monday EveningQuarterbacking...Katherine Jenkins Keeps Making No sense...Metropolitan Opera Reports Falling Attendance...Gerard Mortier says "Regrets...I've Had a Few."...Kim Kardashian to Attend Vienna Opera Ball...Botched Episiotomy Wreaks Havoc on Opera Singer's Career...Sacramento Opera & Symphony Gets Last Minute $500K Bailout.

This week in Oliver's Corner Part 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream - a look into the music of Britten's Middle- Earth.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

Direct download: on208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19am PDT

Peter Gelb will now negotiate...Danielle de Niese says sexy is...can...blah...Jackie Evancho thumbs her tiny nose at musical education...Milli Vanilli scandal turned into opera...Samuel Ramey says BRAVO to cash offer on his house.

This week Oliver's Corner investigates the world of the supernatural and the fairies in a Britten's  A Midsummer Night's Dream

Plus Weekly Dirge, the answer to OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC and the return of Doug Dodson.

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Maestro Wants Mozart Turned Down...Brokeback Opera Coming Soon to Madrid...J&R Classical Section Shuttered (didn't know it was there)...Anna Netrebko Apparently Skips Out on Elixir Final Dress at The Met...NY Times Critics List Modern Operas They Like...Lesley Garrett Plans Changes on Home in Epworth...Shitty News.

This week the Polar Vortex and Unnamable Indiscretions have resulted in Oliver's Corner examining the beloved American coloratura soprano Roberta Peters  with examples from La Sonnambula, Hamlet, L'Elisir d'Amore, and a song byDebussy.

Plus OPERABUSTERS!

This week features Michael, The OC, Michael Mayes (he's like a bad penny) and Jenny Rivera.

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Just listen for a bit...

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Counter-tenor David Hansen teases..."Rufun" Wainwright getting back to the opera grind...Man will come drink, sing and put together your cheap Ikea desk...Man gets clotheslined by cable and sues cable company...Netrebko and Schrott splitting...Maazel doesn't care for Kim Kardashians's selfies.

This week  in Oliver's Corner, a furious, writhing Cosi teaser with examples by Agnes Baltsa and threemystery mezzos.

Plus OPERABUSTERS! and Guess Who Died?

If you are so inclined check out tenor/teacher Michael Sylvester's Kickstarter project, "English Diction and Enunciation for North American Singers".

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson and Michael Mayes. Be sure to tweet @rufuswainwrightand say that @mazerthehazer should play Hadrian #COC2018 #operanowpodcast

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:06am PDT

No Thanks, America's Got Talent! And, why is an opera company thanking a critic on Twitter for a good review?

Anne Midgette actually likes a singer...Alberto Vilar gets tossed back into the hoosegow...New York City Opera get the go ahead to sell their wigs and harp...Rolando Villazon returns to The Met after HORRIBLE vocal ailments...Soprano sings Messiah now that she has been asked...French opera company goes with the DAD AX32.

The conclusion of Oliver's Corner on Otello with examples by Jonas KaufmannAilyn PerezFrancesco Merli, and Julianne Baird (!?!?)

Plus Guess Who Died? and the answer to last week's OPERABUSTERS!

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

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Il trovatore came to Stamford Corn Exchange...B casts delight in Norma and Forza.

Oliver's Corner continues Otello.

Plus OPERABUSTERS!

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:28am PDT

Metropolitan Opera composer program finallyproducing show(s)...Breaking Bad: The (Possible) Opera...Peter Gelb's office is a secret swinger's pad...NYCO's financial meltdown in more detail...Richard Bonynge and that bel canto sound.

This week Oliver's Corner celebrates Verdi's birthday by trying to wrap his tiny mind around Otello.

Plus Guess Who Died?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, Jenny Rivera and the spoken-word return of Texapolitan Opera Road Show's Michael Mayes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:20am PDT

James Levine Returns To The Met...Opening Night Protest at The Met...Composers Look to Books And Movies For Material...The bell tolls for thee, New York City Opera...Dallas Opera Balances Budget Ahead Of Schedule...Weight Loss Film Shown At Opera House...Human Piano.

Oliver's Corner Finishes Up Eugene Onegin with the man himself and Prince Gremin.

All that plus an alternate universe where NYCO thrives and The Met Dives...what could have happened?

This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson and Jenny Rivera. Plus, some old tyme podcasters.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:46am PDT

NYCO at yet another crossroads (and not the good one with Ralph Macchio)...Debora Voigt says to turn out the lights, the parties over...Gerard Mortier undergoes cancer treatment...Courting the youngtech 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 ShicoffNicolai Gedda, and twomystery tenors.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

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Direct download: on198.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50am PDT

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 threeexamples of Là ci darem la mano prove that it is best to always sing facing downstage.

This week features The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:40am PDT

James 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.

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Direct download: on196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48am PDT

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 GuardThe GondoliersUtopia Limited and The Grand Duke.

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

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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 turns100...Marriage of Figaro speaks to teens?

Michael's Corner continues with part 2 of his G&S roundup looking at IolanthePrincess IdaThe Mikado and Ruddigore.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm PDT

Domingo expected to make full recovery after embolism...The Metropolitan Opera to install newseats...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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:58am PDT

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 cheaprustic, 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...the website image was first image that came up when I Googled "Happpy Birthday Oliver..the text was already there!)

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am PDT

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.

Direct download: on190.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:39am PDT

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

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.

Direct download: on188.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20am PDT

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.
Direct download: on187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am PDT

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.

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And how come their bellies touch?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am PDT

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.

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Direct download: on185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23am PDT

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, some other 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.

Direct download: on184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am PDT

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.

Direct download: on183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43am PDT

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

Direct download: on182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm PDT

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: OratorioNow! (he gave up opera for Lent).

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

Direct download: on181.mp3
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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 and John Greenbaum.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm PDT

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?

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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.

Direct download: on179.1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

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.
Direct download: on178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50am PDT

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.

Direct download: on177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

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.

Direct download: on176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19am PDT

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 legsspread!
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.
Direct download: on175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35am PDT

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 hiatusto 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, sixtenors for you to guess.

Plus Guess Who Died?

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

Direct download: operanow174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

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.

Direct download: operanow173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07am PDT

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 MichaelThe OC, Doug Dodson, Jenny Rivera and Ethan Watermeier.

Direct download: operanow172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53am PDT

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 DonGiovanni 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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Direct download: operanow171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48am PDT

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, anAustrian and three American sopranos.

This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.

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Direct download: operanow170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am PDT



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