Life Can Be Such A Drag! | George Heymont

January 26, 2015 5:48 AM

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At that time, two of the Civic Center's stages were awash in gender confusion. Over at the War Memorial Opera House, two countertenors appearing in traditional male costumes had to cope with a confused mezzo-soprano seeking revenge in yet another trouser role. Meanwhile, at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, one of the Bay area's most talented drag artists was holding center stage in the kind of hysterical farce in which one of the more clueless characters is described as "an 11-inch dong that deserves to have my luggage tags hanging from it." To everyone's relief, subtlety was away on sabbatical.

The San Francisco Opera was presenting the company premiere of George Frideric Handel's romantic farce, Partenope, which had its premiere in London some 284 years ago on February 24, 1730. The opera's American premiere did not take place until 1988, when it was staged by Opera Omaha (in 1998 it was ...

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