Arts

Young but legendary countertenor and LGBTQ icon Anthony Roth Costanzo has graced Opera Philadelphia in the recent past, first in “Phaedra” as Artemis, then in “Written on Skin” and its modern tale of lust, violence, purity and deceit in the dual role of First Angel and Boy.

 Out and outspoken comedian, actor and award-winning writer, Wanda Sykes, is back on the road doing what she does best: delivering blisteringly funny and socially conscious humor — and sparing no one, including family, the razor sharp wit of her insightful and uncensored observations.

The first scene of “Lizzie” opening Sept. 21at the Landmark Ritz Five takes place on Aug. 4, 1892, with the title character (Chlöe Sevigny) screaming in horror as she discovers the dead body of her mother, Abby (out actress Fiona Shaw).

 When superstar mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe sings tenor in male drag (“that’s Blythely Oratonio to you”) for Opera Fest 2018, it will be more than just an auspicious meeting of the minds, wigs and muse, scriptwriter John Jarboe.

When multidisciplinary choreographer John Bernd succumbed to AIDS in 1988, he didn’t go quietly. Long a lion of Manhattan’s influential experimental dance scene, Bernd’s freeing poignancy of movement and depth of dramatic/thematic eclat created a worthwhile legacy.

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