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Opera Star's Facebook Post Describes Gay People As ‘Fecal Masses'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices

An opera star is under fire over offensive comments posted to her Facebook page that refer to gay people as "fecal masses." Tamar Iveri is a famous...

Tenor Stuart Skelton on Peter Grimes

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On June 26-29, San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the th...

Butterfly Soars on Sydney Harbor

Joyce Morgan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

For that reason Madama Butterfly can be one of the trickiest operas to realize today. It is to opera what The Taming of the Shrew is to theater. Times and values have changed.

After the Gold Rush: Wagner's Ring Cycle

Joyce Morgan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

As twilight descends on Wagner's bicentenary, Australia has unveiled the final Ring cycle of the year. It is the first time Opera Australia has tackled the work, and it has staged it not in the iconic Sydney Opera House, where the problematic pit is too small to accommodate the massive orchestra needed, but in Melbourne.

Keeping Up Appearances

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Basing his production on the concept that Gilbert & Sullivan's popular operetta was not at all about Japan, but about Victorian England's fascination with Japanoiserie, Renshaw staged The Mikado in a turn-of-the-century London department store.

In Sydney, Opera Grabs the Bull by the Horns

Joyce Morgan | Posted 05.10.2013 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

Outdoor opera is artistically risky. Some say it compromises the art form and that amplifying the singers' voices destroys opera's unique element, the sound of the unadulterated human voice. As a means to draw new audiences, the gamble is paying off.

Musings, Music, and Monologues

George Heymont | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

There I was, trying to find a hook that could unite my thoughts about curious solo turns when I came across a headline on The Huffington Post that screamed: "Watch: Justin Bieber Pukes Onstage."

A Most Magical New Flute

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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The Pirates of Penzance Sung in the Key of Aaaargh!

George Heymont | Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-05-03-Screenshot20120503at9.37.35AM.jpg Over the years, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas have been subjected to all kinds of reinterpretation.

You Can't Fix Stupid

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the most memorable characters in American literature is stupid in the oldest and truest sense of the word. Although he appears to be warm, human, and inhabits the body of a man, his mind and personality never progressed past childhood.

Mozart Goes Modern, Puccini Goes Chinese

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 05.11.2012 | Home

SYDNEY, Australia — In its new production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," Opera Australia shows how a classic work can be reset in the mod...

The Mythology of the Sydney Opera House

Jillian Burt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jillian Burt

In science fiction, stories are anchored in reality by placing alien monsters, psychological disturbances, mystical events and disasters around an iconic building or bridge or monument.