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pants role

pants role  n.— «In opera parlance, the term is “pants role,” meaning male characters performed by female singers. Mozart wrote one for “The Marriage of Figaro,” Strauss for “Der Rosenkavalier.” As Berkeley singer Leslie Hassberg notes...

opera hot

opera hot  n.— «He’s also peppered the 2006-’07 season with big names such as Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Flórez (whom geeks refer to as “opera hot,” or extremely attractive in comparison to the archetypical Wagnerian fat lady with...

coup de glotte

coup de glotte  n.— «Actually, Mr. Johnson explained, the trick at the heart of ventriloquism isn’t “throwing” the voice but “treating” it. Thanks to a throat-muscle manipulation that opera singers call a coup de glotte, the amplitude of...

park and bark

park and bark  v. phr.— «They understand that they just can’t stand there and expect people to be turned on by their great voice. They really have to act the role.…I think there’s a lot more expected than the “park and...

monged out

monged out
 n.— «Snowball…MDMA, lots of Smack (leaves you monged out).» —“Re: Phantom of the Opera?” by Robin J. Green Usenet: alt.rave Apr. 2, 1993. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Texas strawberry

Texas strawberry  n.— «Bill Beckley, Betty Harford and Virginia Hawkins, a threesome of actors from the nighttime TV soap opera “Dynasty,” brought piles of English sausage rolls and buckets of “Texas strawberries,”...