And now on a lighter note…

This is going to be a blog about the wonderful website/blog, not known to everybody, Parterre Box. It is the celebrated, naughty, bitchy, opinioned and FUNNY queer opera zine.

Based in New York, it mainly writes about the Opera Scene there, full of scandalous news and gossipy tit-bits about opera life in the Big Apple. But it is also a treasure trove of interviews, reviews and an extensive library of truly extraordinary live recordings.

It started life in 1993, under the editorship of La Cieca (aka James Jordan) and was initially only available in print form. Eventually, of course, the internet and modern life caught up with it, and it is now available entirely on line.

Fortunately, all the print issues, 48 of them, can still be found in their archive. The first issue contained, among other things, an interview with Thomas Hampson and an article entitled Cavalleria Suburbiana.

Over the years other topics included the Kathy Battle scandal, Patti Lupone as Callas, Catfights at the Met, Interviews with Gwyneth Jones, Renee Flemming, David Daniels etc. further contributions from regular contributors Dawn Fatale, Fils de Brahma and Gertie Dammerung… you get the picture!

The other, invaluable section is called “Unnatural Acts of Opera”. This is an archive of some truly remarkable live recordings dating back to the 50s. A real treasure trove of wonders, it contains things such as a Forza del Destino with Milanov and del Monaco, Adriana Lecouvreur with Olivero, Corelli and Simionato, Lulu with Silja conducted by Böhm, Grace Bumbry singing scenes from Salome and Elektra, a Rosenkavlier with Novotna, Reining and Gueden, Tito Gobbi as Don Giovanni, a Trovatore with Leontyne Price, Corelli, Simionato, Bastianini under Karajan, the first ever podcast of the Ring, entitled Podderdammerung! And so on, and so on, and so on.

Please do visit this wonderful site. It’s not for the faint-hearted or those who are easily offended, but if you after real in-depth knowledge of opera served up with a bit of spice and bite, then this is the site for you.

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera ( The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.