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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



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



Queerguru’s Jonathan Kemp waxes lyrically about Gothic Opera’s new production of BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

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  Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartok Porchester Hall, London, July 8th-10th ☆☆☆☆ In mid-March 2020 – which feels now like eons ago – I waxed lyrical about a certain dancer, Carmine de Amicis, in his role as Jokanaan in a dance-theatre adaptation of Wilde’s Salomé . Then Covid19 struck and a hurdle-track of lockdowns prevented … Continue reading



The Making of ABOMINATION a very Queer Opera

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  You don’t have to be a native of Northern Ireland to enjoy and appreciate a wonderful new documentary Opera that traces the Province’s struggle for LGBTQ rights which ends on a happy and uplifting note. Queer writer/composer Conor Mitchell  wrote ABOMINATION simply using verbatim political statements in a manner that engaged people not used … Continue reading



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