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.

Direct download: on244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

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.

Direct download: on243.mp3
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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.

Direct download: on239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35am PDT

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.

Direct download: on238.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am PDT

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.

Direct download: on237.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT

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.

Direct download: on236.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm PDT

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.

Direct download: on235.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am PDT

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.

Direct download: on234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am PDT

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 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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:26am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:55am PDT

The 10 annual podcast awards are here. Nominate us at 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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am PDT





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