An argument: Those who scoff at opera as a boring or stale genre need to see two things on completely opposite ends of the operatic spectrum: a YouTube video of Juan Diego FlÃÂ³rez performing a thrilling string of high CÃ¢â¬â¢s in his history-making encore at the Met this spring; and BashÃ¢â¬â¢d: A Gay Rap Opera, the story of a couple whose relationship takes a beating when one of them is gay-bashed. A little musical that got its start at last yearÃ¢â¬â¢s New York International Fringe Festival, BashÃ¢â¬â¢d features recitative delivered in rhymed and metered hip-hop flow, taking on homophobia in the rap industry and simultaneously extending the limits of operaÃ¢â¬â¢s capabilities. Still care to argue?
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