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03 December 2016

What the Hell…?

Hi everyone! We’re starting a new three part series today, entitled “What the Hell…?” To get you all through this holiday season, we’ll be talking about some famous (and not so famous) operas with horrific/totally dumb/completely incomprehensible plots.

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This recording session left us all feeling this way

In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing a triptych of one acts by composer Paul Hindemith that are so rife with misogyny that we almost quit after the first one. However, since we are nothing if not consummate professionals, we powered through all of them. Other fun things found in these operas include literal and metaphorical stabbings, Burmese puppets, a failed castration, a mythological rat beast named NUSCH-NUSCHI, and a sex-crazed nun.

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A possible representation of Nusch-Nuschi. I LOVE YOU SPLINTER!


Hopefully, you can make it through to the end with us, and tune in next week for a lot less misogyny and a lot more insane plot synopses. Enjoy!
Ep. 97: The summer that was, and the year ahead // Opera After Dark
  1. Ep. 97: The summer that was, and the year ahead // Opera After Dark
  2. Ep. 21: Carlo Gesualdo // Opera After Dark
  3. Ep. 20: Erik Satie // Opera After Dark
  4. Ep. 19: Mozartian Scatology // Opera After Dark
  5. Ep. 18: The Immortal Beloved // Opera After Dark
  6. Ep. 17: Hildegard von Bingen (a.k.a. Gertrude) // Opera After Dark
  7. Ep. 16: Alma Mahler // Opera After Dark
  8. Ep. 10: Harry Potter Fantasy Casting // Opera After Dark