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  • Milady DeWinter: The new Barnes is, imo, very beautiful and happily just down the street from me. The Parkway looks more Champs Elysees... 10:40 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: The Maskenball Amelia is one of the heaviest of the Verdi roles. She is a lyric soprano and not even a big lyric.... 10:25 AM
  • la vociaccia: Should have said *slightly* more creditable; this reviewer is still quite clumsy describing the singing. But it is a... 10:24 AM
  • la vociaccia: Here’s a (more) creditable source reviewing the Traviata on http://www.philly. com/philly/ente... 10:22 AM
  • NPW-Paris: 600 euros for a secondhand dress… 10:12 AM
  • Lady Abbado: I love her Morro…maybe at least a studio recording of Un ballo… httpv://www.youtub xTBgSlI 10:12 AM
  • Porgy Amor: the Renée Fleming Rusalka (with the whole final scene fixed, including Renée’s wig mishap and poor Piotr’s missed high C)... 10:08 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well when she sang Traviata here she hated the dress so Bachler told her to look through the Fundus to find something she... 9:58 AM

Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has just reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history, a total of 33,565 views in the 24 hours of Tuesday May 22. Thanks to this story and the WQXR drama a few weeks earlier, parterre is on track for its busiest month ever.

And speaking of the Recent Unpleasantness, the excellent Billevesées brings some insider knowledge to the ongoing discussion, specifically the relationship among the Met, the Guild and Opera News.


  • SilvestriWoman says:

    Congrats, divina Cieca!!! Though it has nothing to do with the Kerfuffle, you can add Mom to your legion of fans. An avid Met in HD fan in San Antonio, she turned to you for the most updated opera news. As she puts it, “I don’t always understand what they’re saying, but I’m catching on!”

  • arepo says:

    Mighty impressive.

  • Camille says:

    I always knew Signor Giallo would be good for something.

    • Ilka Saro says:

      Tu sei giaaaaaaallo. Come un moooooooorto!

  • louannd says:

    Thank you La C for posting the link to Mr. Madison’s blog. A new discovery for me, and another voice of reason. Congrats on the stats, as well.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Yellow Man’s gonna be jealous of those numbers, well deserved for La Cieca!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    I enjoyed reading about William Madison and his blog. Is he still a go-go-boy somewhere? His authorized biography of Madeline Kahn should be very interesting. How I wish she were still alive to make the audio book version

  • Sempre liberal says:

    I do hope that JJ, too, was once a go-go boy. In any case, someone really needs to dance atop the long bar ‘neath the red Chagall. That would certainly liven up the long intermissions.

  • To paraphrase my favorite Rossini opera: brava, bene, cosi si fa!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Justin Davidson: “After the Times’ Anthony Tommasini suggested that as chief executive, he might delegate some artistic control, Gelb called the critic into his office and told him, “I’m the director of productions”—effectively, Le Met, c’est moi. I accepted a similar invitation to discuss some reviews I had written for New York. On that occasion, he was willing to concede problems with certain productions. But now he has hunkered down and taken to bullying the very people who care most about the art form he is ostensibly there to advance.” See:

    I wonder if JJ will be called into Gelb’s office.

  • Signor Bruschino says:

    Interesting stuff superconductor- and I agree re Die Agyptische being one of the best… and here is the question- Why is that directors like Sher and Zimmerman (and Des McAnuff (see Falstaff in Fall 2013)) get repeated productions, but Fielding has not been invited back at all…

    I know these are rhetorical, unanswerable questions, but I like to get depressed before going to sleep at night (while chanting quietly Herheim at the Met, Herheim at the Met)