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And Now the Tale is Queer

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And Now the Tale is Queer

2011: Tyler, the Creator’s debut album “Goblin” becomes the most controversial hip-hop album since Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” thanks to lyrics like “I raped a pregnant bitch and had a threesome” and its use of “faggot” and other anti-gay slurs 212 times (according to The Guardian). But the shock value worked, with “Goblin” hitting #5 on the Billboard top 200 and eventually going gold. Comment
Surely the best Mozart revival of the season was the uniformly well-cast “La clemenza di Tito” (seen April 11). Comment
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Echoes, Without Enough Voice

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Echoes, Without Enough Voice

Grayson is stuck in an echo chamber. The non-binary singer is particularly fond of using their voice to create a delay effect, so that they can speak in dialogue with themselves. Comment
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San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

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San Francisco Singers at Stonewall

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, in town because a documentary about the group’s tour of the Deep South played at the Tribeca Film Festival, staged a brief concert outside the Stonewall Inn on the morning of April 30. Comment
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Conquerors and Dreamers

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Conquerors and Dreamers

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 “Ring Cycle” seems to improve with each installment. The “Siegfried” matinee on April 13 provided the debut of German tenor Stefan Vinke, who […] Comment
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Chasing a Golden Dream

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Chasing a Golden Dream

The Metropolitan Opera is at the midpoint of Wagner’s mythical tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” an epic driven by a ring made of cursed gold that destroys those who try to control it. In Giacomo Meyerbeer’s pastoral opéra-comique “Dinorah, où Le Pardon de Ploërmel” (1859), the Breton goatherd Hoël abandons his fiancée Dinorah at the altar to chase after a trove of ancient gold which is protected by a fatal curse. The first man to touch the gold will die. The jilted Dinorah proceeds to go melodiously mad singing roulades up and down the wild forest mountains of Brittany while chasing her goat Bellah. Comment
The most striking song on The Drums’ “Brutalism” is its most blatantly pissed-off. “626 Bedford Avenue” describes a self-destructive but addictive relationship. As catchy as it is, it’s punctuated by very brief bursts of turntable scratching, and its lyrics are barbed: “Get your head out of your ass and take a good look at yourself… you might be a psychopath/ you might want to check that,” with Jonny Pierce alternately calling the title address “626 stupid avenue.” The upbeat melody makes the bitter tone all the more cutting. Comment
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The Ghost in the Machine

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The Ghost in the Machine

The Metropolitan Opera is bringing the Robert Lepage “Ring” production back for three cycles this spring. This revival features a new cast of Wagnerian stars led by Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde. he press spin is that the Lepage production has been freshened up and redesigned. Things did not, however, begin all that promisingly at the second performance of “Das Rheingold” on March 14t Comment
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Country Matters

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Country Matters

In early March, Les Arts Florissants and William Christie celebrated their 40th anniversary with a return to BAM with “Rameau, maître à danser.” Comment
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Angel-Ho Steps Out Front

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Angel-Ho Steps Out Front

South African producer/ vocalist Angel-Ho likes American pop music enough that she’s posted a remix of Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” re-named “Howling Motorbikes,” on the download site Bandcamp. But her debut album “Death Becomes Her” approaches it with a distance that partially reflects the fact that she’s a trans woman. Comment
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Opéra Très Comique

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Opéra Très Comique

February in New York City is no laughing matter but the Metropolitan Opera thawed our frozen funny bones with two delightful revivals — Donizetti’s bubbly opéra-comique “La Fille du Régiment” and Mozart’s darkly ambiguous dramma giacosa “Don Giovanni.” A raft of role and Met debuts added fresh zing to these revivals. Comment
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Emerging from the Shadows

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Emerging from the Shadows

More than 35 years ago, cult diva and New York treasure Aprile Millo established herself as a throwback Italian-style prima donna of the old school. She evoked not only the vocal style but the presentational theatrics of historical sopranos. Vocal and performance anxiety issues have curtailed Millo’s career to the extent that every appearance is a comeback – no, a return! Comment
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Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

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Sunny Next Step from Bob Mould

On a first listen, Bob Mould’s latest album, “Sunshine Rock,” falls in line with most of the music he’s been making for decades. It’s full of songs that charge ahead at […] Comment
One of the most anticipated events of the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera season was the debut of podium superstar Gustavo Dudamel leading a revival of Verdi’s “Otello.” His conducting […] Comment
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Pop on Her Own Terms

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Pop on Her Own Terms

Remember when songs with production as eccentric or minimal as Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?,” Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” and Clipse’s “Grindin’” could be major hits? Eva Moolchan, a queer woman who works as a one-woman band under the name Sneaks, certainly does. Comment
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Love and Death Italian Style

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Love and Death Italian Style

Francesco Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (1902) has always been an opera that critics love to hate while singers, especially veteran divas, covet the musical and dramatic opportunities offered by the juicy leading roles. Like Puccini’s “Tosca”, Cilea’s opera allows a diva to play a diva. Comment
A cast of creatives will stage a multimedia opera about a Tibetan Buddhist saint who began life as a mass murderer before finding redemption in religion. “Mila, Great Sorcerer” — presented at John Jay College on January 12 and 13 as part of the Prototype Festival — combines the centuries-old story of Milarepa with 14th and 15th century animated Tibetan and Himalayan images, culled from the Rubin Museum of Art, to tell a classic story in a new way, according to the director. Comment
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Purely Puccini

I saw the Met’s lavish 1982 Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohème” for the 18th time on December 3. If not an epochal event, it was a very good repertory performance. Comment

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