Andy Bell on Popstar to Opera Star

Does anyone still read this comm? Whatever. I have no idea where else I could possibly post about this. Andy Bell of Erasure (one of my favorite singers, and totally queer! Yay!) is on a British reality TV show called Popstar to Opera Star, which is about what you'd expect from the title. He just made it through the first performance competition round with his rendition of "O sole mio".

What do we think? Personally, I have to agree with the first panelist about having to smile whenever I see him perform. I can't help it. But does the sun shine (as panelist #4 claims)? Does his personal stamp work for the piece? Should he work on his vibrato? And wow, poor guy totally does look like he hasn't any idea what to do with his body, doesn't he?

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I'm assuming that one reason for the decline of this community has been the mass migration to the Book of Face. To that end, I've just started a Facebook group that everyone should join, because queer opera punks are the grooviest of all punks!!! (Happy to hand over leadership, should the mods of this community wish to take over.)

Click here, ye scurvy sods!

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yes, art_wank_diva, i would love to have not one, but two new opera recordings:-).
That is one of the reasons for this post.
The second is I would like to find a community of opera loving people that is real alive. It seems there are not many people who want to talk about their favourite operas, singers, recordings...
I try to write about these things on my LJ, but often in Czech and almost without any response.

So what to tell now?
Something about myself and my passion for opera? Maybe some more people will join me in the comments or new posts.

My most favourite singers are : Jose Carreras, Juan Diego Flórez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simon Keenlyside, Fritz Wunderlich. (in the alphabetical order:))  (currently number 1-2 are Simon and Dmitri:-))) I think)
Other favourites are Cecilia Bartoli, Dorothea Roschmann, Andreas Scholl, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann....and more (see my User profile:-) if you want to).

My favourite operas are f.e. these : 
Barbiere di Siviglia
La Boheme
Don Giovanni
Eugen Onegin
Hamlet - Ambroise Thomas
Il Trovatore
(in alphabetical order) :-))

I like watching Live in HD MET transmissions. Does somebody go to the cinema operas too?
I am already looking forward to seeing Don Carlo tomorrow, where Simon sings Rodrigo Posa.  (and of Trovatore with Dmitri H. in April and Comte Ory with Juan Diego Flórez).
I like this fanweb of Simon and visit it almost daily.
I like when opera theatre performances are acted well (not only well sung) which is one reason why I like Simon Keenlyside so much. CD recordings or concert performances are other thing:-)
I often go to the theatre in the town where I work and I go to see opera there too. The last opera I saw live in theatre was Carmen and (two weeks ago) Labyrinthe of Passion (an opera by a Moravian young contemporary composer), next opera performances I plan see live in theatre will probably be The Bartered Bride by Smetana and Eugen Onegin by Tschaikovsky.
I subscribed to Metplayer (see the web of the MET) which I think to be a great possibility to watch or listen to great MET performances for a reasonable price (i write it here for people who don´t know about it ). another good possibility is the BBC3 web, where you can listen to one opera a week, free of charge (you may listen here to many audios of classical music too, and free of charge as well).
I also buy lots of DVD´s and always struggle to get from ebay sellers:-))) what they owe to me. 

The performance of the 2009/2010 Live in HD MET season I liked most was Hamlet of course.

Ohhhh My Gawwwwwwwwwd

Verbier Festival July 20th 19h00

Don Giovanni
de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Verbier Festival Orchestra
Collegiate Chorale
Manfred Honeck direction

Rôles par ordre d’apparition vocale:

René Pape basse (Leporello)
Edita Gruberova soprano (Donna Anna)
Bryn Terfel baryton-basse (Don Giovanni)
Thomas Quasthoff baryton-basse (Commendatore)
Matthew Polenzani ténor (Don Ottavio)
Susan Graham mezzo-soprano (Donna Elvira)
Sylvia Schwartz soprano (Zerlina)
Robert Gleadow baryton-basse (Masetto)