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.

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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.

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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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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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Angela Gheorghiu gives too much in Tosca...David Alden's Ballo falls on blind eyes...Harry Bickett showsClemenza 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 andJenny Rivera.

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We continue our series with the return of Ken Bensonand 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 ManonRichard TuckerCorelli & Nilsson

Ken: Pia TassinariFritz WunderlichEleanor Steber

Oliver: Mark Morris DidoMariella DeviaRenata Scotto

Michael: Thomas HampsonLuciano Pavarotti

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

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Sometime opera patron Alberto Vilar gets out of the clink...Lyric Opera Chicago teams up withThe Second City...Gotham Chamber does it small and right...When opera was on the sidewalk...Met Opera group meets in Sausalito...Singers trade in steely-sword voices for plowshares.
This week Oliver's Corner reveals that there ARE too many notes in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio PLUS a Vocal ID quiz on German basses.
This week features Michael, The OC and Doug Dodson.
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James Levine will return to the Metropolitan Opera...La Scala's Stéphane Lissner to head up Paris Opera...Goerke is back and betterthan ever...Madman runs amok at LA Opera...Andrea Bocelli: Roller-Boogie Boy.

In this weeks Oliver's Corner, a vocal ID quiz on Blonde's high E and two German Sopranosteach a lesson in style.

This week features Michael, The OC and we welcome back Matt Boresi of the White Dad Problems Podcast.

Nominations have ended for the 2012 Podcast Awards...we will let you know if you need to vote for us!

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Opera Teen (and fan of the show) gets awrite-up...New York City Opera says everytingmust go...Baroque opera for a modern era (keep it baroque), English National Opera tries to keep it sexy and in my face (THWACK)...Mexican singer smuggles drugs into the USA...Brian Jagde wants to invite a music teacher to see him perform...Oliver gets incensed at youth who stream and Michael sides with the youth.

This week Oliver's Corner begins a new series on Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio withan overview of the arias of Konstanze.

Don't forget to nominate us for a Podcast Award (yes we are trying yet again). Click the link at the top of the page and nominate us in the Cultural/Arts section. It's our best chance of getting nominated.

This week's show features Michael, The OC, and the return of Jenny Rivera-Rice (that's right...RICE).

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Opera America opens a new Mecca (or Jerusalem) for companies and singers...Singer short-changed by The Metropolitan Opera after falling from the stage...opera and ballet try to glitz up opening night (with snooty, quasi-celebritries)...Hurricane Aprea is rumbling in Palm Beach...Eat some opera singer-grownalgae.

Oliver's Corner concludes his overview of Coronation of Poppea with the charactersDrusillaPoppea, and Nerone.

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OperaNow! is back!!!

Blogger (and listener) Opera Teen gives a crash course in The Met's fall season...the inner workings of operacasting...Portland Opera gets totally in your face (to the extreme.)

This week Oliver's Corner explores chamber maids, valets, and nurses from Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea. Examples for valets and nurses.

Plus Doug Dodson's E-News and OPERABUSTERS!

This week's show features Michael, Oliver Camacho, and Doug Dodson.

Follow Michael (@operanowpodcast) and Oliver (@theoperacompany) on Twitter. (Just follow Doug home from the bar.)

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