Die Walkure at Hackney Empire : Like a Virgin – Opera for beginners

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  Die Walkure ☆☆☆☆ Arcola Theatre at Hackney Empire Here at Queerguru, we pride ourselves on being very much part of the Try-It-You-Might-Like-It -Club. Indeed one of the senior team is rumored to have that as a tramp stamp in cursive. However, when we got the invite to review Wagner’s opera Die Walkure at the … Continue reading

Fellow Travellers : Gay Love in the McCarthy Era

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  Gregory Spears’s critically acclaimed opera Fellow Travellers based on Thomas Mallon’s novel about gay love in the notorious McCarthy Era is having its Florida debut thanks to the Florida Grand Opera.  It is set against a background of homophobic paranoia in the 1950s’ where gay men and women were publicly hounded and humiliated in … Continue reading

Flashback Friday : Rufus Wainwright’s Opera HADRIAN from 2018

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  On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presented the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. The opera recounts the epic love story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous. Erased by history, their story is reclaimed for the 21st century by its creators in a … Continue reading

I Loves You Porgy ….. live on PBS Great Performances on July 17th

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  We may be spoilt for choices with so much culture now being streamed online right now, but here is one real treat we would not dream of missing.  This Friday, July 17, PBS’s Great Performances will present the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 production of George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s Porgy and Bess.  Directed by … Continue reading

Miami : Before Night Falls; the memoir of a Cuban gay dissident is now an Opera

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  The story of Reinaldo Arenas, the brilliant and irrepressible dissident Cuban that was captured in his own memoir ‘Before Night Falls‘ is now retold in a  opera about to be produced by the Florida Grand Opera. Arenas was an outcast who was jailed for his outspoken writing and flamboyant sexuality, and then escaped on the … Continue reading

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