Didn't have the good mic, but enjoy! And thanks for listenig all year long.

Direct download: Drummer_Boy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am PDT

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.

Direct download: on227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12am PDT

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.

Direct download: on225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am PDT

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!

Direct download: on219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm PDT

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37am PDT

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

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

Direct download: on215.mp3
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.

Direct download: on214.mp3
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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am PDT

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.

Direct download: on210.mp3
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.

Direct download: on207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43am PDT

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.


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

Direct download: on206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am PDT





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