Cher Public

Statue of limitations

ZampaMany 19th century overtures became far more popular than the works they introduced—for example, when’s the last time you saw a Franz Suppé operetta? “Trove Thursday” has resurrected one such rarity: Hérold’s Zampaou La fiancée de marbre performed by Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie with Richard Troxell in the title role and Patricia Petibon as Camille (!).  Read more »

Technique is communication

BernsteinBorn on this day in 1918 composer and conductor Leonard BernsteinRead more »

Flip or flop

flipSeparated at spitcurl: ice queen Vanessa (Erin Wall) and misfit boy toy Claus (Jonathan Blalock)?

Turandot-Netrebko

“One of the most easiest pieces for me to record”

Here’s a tease of Anna Netrebko‘s “In questa reggia,.”

Read more »

Autumn Leaves

All fall down

La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the fall?

Read more »

Vera Miles

I couldn’t kill a fly

Happy 86th or 87th birthday actress Vera Miles.

Read more »

Coffee talk

Look who’s talking

La Cieca is proud to share with her cher public the transition of parterre.com to a new commenting system powered by Disqus.com.

Read more »

Cleopatra

Infinite variety

Happy 62nd birthday playwright, actor and diseuse Charles Busch.

Read more »

Photo:  Mostly Mozart Festival presents
Mozart's "Così fan tutte"
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Lenneke Ruiten, Fiordiligi (Mostly Mozart debut)
Kate Lindsey, Dorabella
Sandrine Piau, Despina
Joel Prieto, Ferrando (Mostly Mozart debut)
Nahuel di Pierro, Guglielmo (Mostly Mozart debut)
Rod Gilfry, Don Alfonso (Mostly Mozart debut)
Musica Sacra (Mostly Mozart debut)
Kent Tritle, chorus director
concert photographed: 7:30 PM; Monday, August 15, 2016 at AliceTully Hall; Lincoln Center, NYC; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine 
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

That’s how they did it

Idomeneo proved enormously moving while a much more complicated Così fan Tutte went for shallow romantic hijinks stripping that work of its darkly ambiguous disturbing view of love.

Read more »

Manon

Can’t buy me love

dell’ arte Opera Ensemble continued its exploration of love and money by mounting Massenet’s Manon

Read more »