Headshot of La Cieca

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  • Poison Ivy: Great review John. You know way more about music than I do. With that being said am I the only... 9:30 AM
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  • Indiana Loiterer III: No, the Rumor scene was not cut until after the first run of performances (including... 8:51 AM
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  • Poison Ivy: I don’t think there’s anything wrong to give the hijackers a backstory. But the... 8:48 AM
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Mirror, mirror

La Cieca is just back from the HD of Don Giovanni from La Scala: excellent singing through the whole cast, strong conducting (if tending to the slow side) by Daniel Barenboim, and a smart, chic production from Robert Carsen that frankly makes Michael Grandage look like an utter bumpkin. The presentation will repeat here in New York (and elsewhere) in coming days.

76 comments

    • Iphigénie says:

      “This season, you can watch nearly all the Met’s shows in the cinema; Angela Gheorghiu in Gounod’s Faust screens tomorrow.”

      ROFLMAO!!! :D

  • Clita del Toro says:

    Funny ACD post on opera-l by Rich Lowenthal:

    From the AP:
    “Congress today approved the passage of a constitutional amendment that
    would replace the Supreme Court with A. C. Douglas. This follows on an
    earlier bill that replaced the entire appellate court system with Mr.
    Douglas. According to the bill’s sponsor, ‘We’ve all been impressed with Mr.
    Douglas’s ability to comprehend the thoughts and intentions of any historic
    figure. The new system will be far more efficient, as he can give us an
    instant verdict, without the annoyance of other points of view.’ Court
    decisions will be announced on Mr. Douglas’s blog.

    In a related development, the Vatican announced that Papal pronouncements
    would from now on be vetted by Mr. Douglas. According to a Vatican
    spokesman, ‘We’re still a bit embarrassed about that whole Joan of Arc
    thing.’

    Reached for comment, Mr. Douglas, who was busy interpreting a set of ancient
    Ugaritic inscriptions, repeated what he had said previously, then added,
    ‘See how easy that is?’”

    • armerjacquino says:

      I don’t want to offend anyone, but I’m sure I can’t be the only poster confused at how many posts in the last couple of days have been dedicated to what appears to be a feud which has taken place on another website.

      On behalf of those of us who have never so much as seen Opera-L, might I request that spats which originated there, stay there?

      • bobsnsane says:

        Oh, but it’s a good show --
        you might want to take a quick look.

      • Clita del Toro says:

        amerjacquino: why? Why not limit reviews to parterrians and forget the
        news-paper and magazine reviewers? The last I have heard, opera-l is part of the opera world and a major site for opera discussions. Also ACD does occasionally post here.,

      • manou says:

        Armer -- it’s like the Amazon function which finds recommendations based on what you have bought: you liked this feud, here is another one like it.

    • poisonivy says:

      LOL. ACD could also become the reviewer of choice for all newspapers. No need for opera houses to have press tickets — he knows without listening to a note whether the singers, production, conductors, and overall performance are in accordance with the composer’s intentions.

  • louannd says:

    Yes, be still my heart.