Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: I’ve always loved that pic of Ks. Hilde Gueden headlining “Take Back Your Mink”. 11:43 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I included the recent/pending releases in my counts. Rusalka and Falstaff plus the quick-released Prince Igor and Eugene... 11:21 PM
  • Patrick Mack: Well the Nebs Macbeth, Rusalka, and Falstaff are all lined up for release currently. I’d love to have the... 10:58 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Season / HD broadcasts released on DVD and/or Blu-ray to date / total number of HD broadcasts for that season. 10:13 PM
  • Ilka Saro: I am curious if a DVD was planned for Death of Klinghoffer before the protests got too warm? 9:57 PM
  • Patrick Mack: I don’t understand what these figures mean but would like to? 9:53 PM
  • sdika: in san diego the theather I was in mainly had people in their 70s speaking Russian for most part (must be Anna and Dima fans). I... 9:26 PM
  • grimoaldo: How wonderful that so many people all over the world saw this fabulous opera, one of the landmarks of Western civilisation, in... 8:56 PM

L’Âge d’Or

A friend of the box just reminded La Cieca that tonight, April 22, 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the farewell gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing for his two-decade tenure as General Manager of the Met. A few highlights from that gala, following the jump.


  • Angelo Saccosta says:

    Didn’t Charles Ludlam do a take off on Callas too ? I seem to remember it was called “Galas.” How appropriate for this thread !
    And mother Sylvestri’s comment about Nilsson creating so much emotion without moving at all goes to the core of the opera-going experience : when the music is gloriously sung, it can be on an empty stage, as Wieland Wagner so clearly showed 60 years ago. The “opera as theater” crowd please take note !!

  • marshiemarkII says:

    Clitissssima adorata of course MMII saw Galas, it was simply DIVINE (no pun intended). One of my greatest regrets is that I never saw “When Queens Collide” although the term seems to have been coined for Marshie :-) :-) :-)
    In fact I didn’t even remember the full title of the play until Carisssssima Cieca (many years ago) set me straight, as she knew every detail…… That was when I realized that parterre was really my home also!

    And Charles Busch another DIVINE being!!!! the Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and a couple of later ones the names escape me now….. (and he was a huge fan of the Behrens’ Tosca to boot!) Ahhhhh youth in New York, those were the days!