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Season well

Overture! Light the lights! And what heights you hit indeed, cher public, in La Cieca’s “Gold Standard” competition. The level of attention to detail of balance of repertoire, sensitive casting, and sheer yearning for dementia in your comments suggested that as a group, the parterriani are ready to take on the artistic direction of any of the world’s great theaters. A few of you exceeded even these generally elevated standards, and La Cieca will recognize you after the jump.

Two honorable mentions go to a couple of hors concours participants, who as charter members of the Parterre Posse are not eligible for prizes in this or any other competition. Congratulations, nevertheless, go to Our Own Enzo Bordello and Dawn Fatale for their exemplary seasons.

Also worthy of the lofty praise were Sempre Liberal‘s Trojan War-themed season, Grimoaldo‘s elaborate opening night festivities, and ianw2‘s lineup, which would have been a contender but for skimpy details on revivals.

And now, the winners!

For “Gelb’s Folly,” who could best a season that included among its offerings such sublime/ridiculous contrasts as “Jenufa — Netrebko/Mattila/Antonenko/ RD Smith (Belohlavek, cond.) / Luisa Miller — Guleghina/Bocelli/ Hvorostovsky/Morris/Domingo as Wurm (Armiliato, cond.)” Brava Rysanekfreak!

The competition so utterly fierce for the “Best in Show” that the Blue Ribbon Panel was torn by dissent, with one of the senior panelists flinging down her clipboard in disgust and shouting, “No! I don’t understand!” At long last, as she so often did during those long-ago nights at the West Side Club, La Cieca threw in the towel. Her Solomonic solution: “Why not have a bit of both?

Thus the “Best in Show” award is a tie:

  • UpB7, for a minutely and realistically detailed plan (spread over several comments)
  • Baritenor, for a visionary if impractical galaxy of Sternstunden

Each of the three winners will receive a coveted Amazon gift card in the amount of $100. And now, La Cieca must get back to the pressing duty of selecting her parure for Opening Night 2016.


  • ianw2 says:

    Whilst I still think Dawn’s There’s Something About Marie was ROBBED, two worthy winners indeed.

    • ianw2 says:

      “A Comely Refugee… Katherine Jenkins” is still making me snort happily, weeks later.

  • CruzSF says:

    Congrats to Rysanekfreak, UpB7, and Baritenor! They may be the only winners we’ll see today. Thank the goddess they’re here.

  • Will says:

    After her tremendous Emelia Marty, I allowed myself to speculate on a Mattila Kostelnicka. Somehow, sometime, this MUST happen. And with Anna . . . !

  • jatm2063 says:

    La Cieca, darling, you outshine the chandelier in the first pic!

    Congratulations to all the winners. This was a very fun context and very entertaining reading.

  • DonCarloFanatic says:

    Congrats to the winners. Creativity trumps artistic sense, to the delight of all.

    La C, it’s a pleasure to see you use the word parure. I was afraid I was the only person in America who knew it.

  • phoenix says:

    Sorry to post off-topic, but the ‘general intermission’ article page has already been scootched off the main homepage of this site, so I her goes anyways. There is a live telecast today at 11 am of La Juive from Mikhailovsky in St. Petersburg http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/en/live/. The Mikhailovsky website also has on archive a Cavalleria with Irene Theorin (proceed at your own risk) and a very good Ballo with Maria Litke conducted by Mikhail Tatarnikov http://belcanto.ru/tatarnikov.html. Since they have archived these previous two videocasts, I assume (hopefully?) that Mikhailovsky will also archive this La Juive, so maybe there is no hurry to watch it today …. At any rate below are clips from 2 other peformances of Ballo & La Juive made inhouse (these are not on the Mikhailovsky archives):




  • A. Poggia Turra says:

    Here’s an idea for a production that Gelb can purchase for 2016:

  • grimoaldo says:

    Many congrats to the worthy winners!

  • operaguy says:

    I have, for years, thought 2016 should open with a new production of Antony and Cleopatra, and SignorB came up with a perfect cast -- Netbrebko, Schrott and Kaufmann (I’s add a cameo by Domingo as the asp seller) and try to talk Pape into Enobarbus. But you can’t revive the Zeffirelli production -- Barber extensively revised the opera. Nebs has the right voice (or should, by then), but I’d also love to see Mattila get a few performances -- she would be 56, but it’s not impossible she will still be singing well. And Malfitano, in Chicago Lyric’s production, lacked Price’s vocal glamour (who doesn’t?) but made it work dramatically. I think Mattila could do the same.

    But the way, among the Oedipus operas in SempreLiberal’s season, can we please include Oedipe Re by Leoncavallo? Eric Owens or Bryn Terfel could star.

  • Gualtier M says:

    MOMA is doing a retrospective of Werner Schroeter films many with operatic content including the elusive “Les Poussieres D’Amour” or “Love’s Debris”