Shawn E. Milnes is a native New Yorker who blogs about opera, sex, and movies at Schleppy Nabucco’s. He is currently at work on a memoir.

Low Notes

When a man sprinkled ashes of a mentor into the orchestra pit at the Met on Saturday he sparked a terror alert. It's not the first time the cops have had to rush to the opera.


27  tells the story of Stein and Toklas’s relationship, alongside the luminaries they called friends and championed, including Picasso, Matisse, Man Ray, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway.

Fright Night

‘Doomocracy,’ an immersive ‘House of Political Nightmares’ at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, includes rooms devoted to the two candidates, climate change, and gun violence. Fun!


Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Vonnegut’s reworking of the myth of Odysseus’s return from the Trojan War, was meant as a commentary on the Vietnam War. Now it will be performed as an opera for the first time.


This weekend’s ‘Public Domain’ will bring together 1,000 volunteer singers from around New York City, crowd-sourced from an online campaign, to participate in a choral event whose lyrics originate from online autocomplete searches.