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Une femme d’un incertain âge

On this, the anniversary of her natal day, May 15, La Cieca likes to think back to that moment, a number of years ago (but who is counting) when she was “born.” It was in little Dallas, my God, of all unlikely places, and she can remember as if it were only yesterday….

Dallas, Texas
May 15, 1976
IL TRITTICO [26]

IL TABARRO {30}
Giorgetta……………Renata Scotto
Luigi……………….Harry Theyard
Michele……………..Cornell MacNeil
Frugola……………..Lili Chookasian
Talpa……………….Philip Booth
Tinca……………….Charles Anthony
Song Seller………….Abram Morales
Lover……………….Betsy Norden
Lover……………….Douglas Ahlstedt
Conductor……………Sixten Ehrling

SUOR ANGELICA {26}
Angelica…………….Renata Scotto
Princess…………….Lili Chookasian
Genovieffa…………..Betsy Norden
Osmina………………Mary Fercana
Dolcina……………..Ann Florio
Monitor……………..Marcia Baldwin
Abbess………………Jean Kraft
Head Mistress………..Batyah Godfrey Ben-David
Nurse……………….Cynthia Munzer
Lay Sister…………..Maureen Smith
Lay Sister…………..Joyce Olson
Novice………………Linda Mays
Novice………………Shinja Kwak
Alms Collector……….Alma Jean Smith
Alms Collector……….Elena Doria
Conductor……………Sixten Ehrling

GIANNI SCHICCHI {90}
Gianni Schicchi………Ezio Flagello
Lauretta…………….Renata Scotto
Rinuccio…………….Enrico Di Giuseppe
Nella……………….Betsy Norden
Ciesca………………Marcia Baldwin
Zita………………..Lili Chookasian
Gherardo…………….Charles Anthony
Betto……………….Russell Christopher
Marco……………….Gene Boucher
Simone………………Philip Booth
Gherardino…………..Lawrence Klein
Spinelloccio…………Richard Best
Amantio……………..Andrij Dobriansky
Pinellino……………Herman Marcus
Guccio………………Edmond Karlsrud
Buoso Donati…………Terry Allen
Conductor……………Sixten Ehrling


74 comments

  • 41
    m. croche says:

    Happy Birthday, La Cieca. I hope the coming year brings you many more operatic piñatas!

  • 42
    tannengrin says:

    So you were born THAT way but not THIS way??

    Alles neu macht der Mai, it appears. Bon anniversaire et bonne fete, chere doyenne!

  • 43
    Paulo says:

    Parabéns! E feliz aniversário, Cieca.

  • 44
    PushedUpMezzo says:

    My dear you are truly la creme de la creme. Brains and beauty -- and opera. Down the hatch!

  • 45
    bluecabochon says:

    Maybe you’d like this for your birthday, La Cieca? Your very own Machine!

    http://www.metoperashop.org/Gifts/Das-Ring-Executive-Desk-Set/1000007644.aspx

  • 46
    man0man0man says:

  • 47
    adina says:

    Happy Birthday, La Cieca!! Thank you for the wonderful site!

  • 48
    Ruxxy says:

    Happy Birthday La Cieca! May there be many many curtain calls.

  • 49
    OpinionatedNeophyte says:

    Totally unrelated to La Cieca’s birthday the tall dark splash of Pole and I received a brochure in the mail for Broadway in Chicago today. Would you believe it that Cathy Rigby is STILL touring in Peter Pan. Truly doing the most. (see definition 1).

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doing+the+most

  • 50
    danpatter says:

    You have brought such joy and so much fun into our lives, Dear Cieca! Thank you so much! Long may you reign!

  • 51
    Camille says:

    Happy Birthday, Cieca Baby, and many more.

    Here’s your present:

    • 51.1
      derschatzgabber says:

      My, my, my. Some of those ensembles looked like they were from the Querelle collection. Off to the veranduh with my smelling salts.

  • 52
    Nerva Nelli says:

    And Cieca, here I had always assumed that the Aennchen here was really you operating under an alias:

    …………….

    Chicago, Illinois
    Columbia Theater
    March 7, 1885

    DER FREISCHUETZ {2}

    Max…………………Anton Udvardy
    Agathe………………Anna Robinson
    Caspar………………Joseph Koegel
    Aennchen……………..Miss Poppenberg [Only performance]
    Ottokar……………..Adolf Robinson
    Hermit………………Josef Staudigl
    Kilian………………Otto Kemlitz
    Cuno………………..Joseph Miller
    Samiel………………unknown
    Bridesmaid…………..Anna Stern

    Conductor……………John Lund

  • 53
    antikitschychick says:

    Happy (late) Bday cieca :-D may you have many more!!

    • 53.1
      operaguy says:

      Belated best wishes … despite our frquent diagreements, I do seriously wish you many happy returns and years of happiness (operatic and otherwise) to co.. uh, to occur in the future.

  • 54
    JungleRed says:

    Happy Birthday La Cieca!

    As a relative newcomer to opera, I cherish your site and look to it (and its members!) for insight, inspiration, pleasure and dementia. Thank you for providing such a destination!

  • 55
    bobsnsane says:

    A cyber glass of Veuve for you dearest doyenne
    (the best for the best)
    & thank you for this wonderful site!