here's the link to the playlist itself — see thread below for content notes if those are things you want/need!
post-its 2: the postening
and here's Part 2! head on over to #NewMusicBox
for an extended look at #trans performers in the world of singing theatre. come for the discussion of Sondheim's female baritones, stay for the analysis of structural issues in opera funding:
if i use enough post-it notes, this article will write itself, right?
in many ways, this project is the culmination of the past three years of my life. writing it feels, in a deep spiritual sense, like climbing to the top of a mighty mountain, as yet only dimly glimpsed. i hope you come along with me on this journey — it's a bit of a trek, but there's quite the vista at the end <3
ok ok ok here we go! thruout this month, i'm doing a deep dive into issues of #trans representation in #opera and #MusicTheatre over at #NewMusicBox. Part 1 is now live, laying out some trans vocab and gender theory and then turning to the complexities of trans history. click on over and give it a read!
blank books: *usually last me a little over a year, give or take*
this blank book: *is only 21 days old, but is nearly halfway full (108 pages out of 251), and contains *only* the interview notes for *one* journalism project*
"Entering to sing Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” (None shall sleep) in a massive plumed helmet and a stone butch leather-dyke biker jacket, Oratonio managed to channel both male operatic superstars and various queer elders whose wings I’ve sheltered under. It was a brash set full of wonderfully bizarre turns — a pseudo-Classical arrangement of “Jessie’s Girl” followed quickly by a hard-rock take on “Send in the Clowns” mashed up with “Vesti la giubba” (Put on the costume) — and it was deeply surreal to watch in front of a well-heeled audience who gasped in shock that a drag king could sound like a lyric tenor, and who sat politely through the sloshed-out key changes instead of drunkenly whooping and trying to shove dollar bills into any crevice of Oratonio’s clothing that would hold them."
Read my latest in the San Francisco Classical Voice!
i got real mad about capitalism and climate change and wrote a review of #JuliaWolfe's new #oratorio #FireInMyMouth, which is a furious and searing exploration of the #TriangleShirtwaistFire. Read all about it over at the National Sawdust Log: https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2019/08/30/album-review-julia-wolfe-fire-in-my-mouth/
I'm a writer, composer, and bassoonist with feet in both the classical and musical theatre worlds. In my free time, I am very gay. (they/them)
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