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Are you available for dancing in the streets and shouting from the housetops?

La Cieca is looking for a few good part-time reviewers. Details after the jump.

I’m hoping to add some new faces to parterre’s blue-ribbon panel of critics. Needed are reviewers who can take on DVDs and CDs with a quick turnaround time (i.e., you file a review within a week after receiving the disc) as well as a writer or two who either already have plans to attend some first nights of productions at the Met or else are willing to find a way reliably to get into same. (For live performance reviews, La Cieca sets a deadline of early afternoon the day following the performances, with “the earlier the better” her watchcry.)

Highest consideration will be given to members of the cher public (i.e., regular commenters) on parterre, but strangers to this realm will be considered who can provide links to online reviews they’ve written.

If you’re seriously interested in joining La Cieca’s merry band, drop her an email stating your scope of interest (recordings or live performances) and a few lines suggesting why you think your writing would be informative, entertaining or, ideally, both.

Cigarette holders are, of course, optional.


  • 1
    OperaTeen says:

    I can review anything you need me to! My blog is at and I would he happy to help in any way possible. I also have tickets to the Damrau/Domingo Traviata prima so I could help down the road. I would love to review for Parterre again! :-)

  • 2
    armerjacquino says:

    I’m a little too far away for the DVDs and CDs, but I’ve reviewed here before and I’m going to the NOZZE DI FIGARO prima the week after next…

  • 3
    Camille says:

    Shouting from housetop? YES, do that all the time already!

    Dancing in the streets, though, I’ll leave to these girls, who do it so well:

  • 4
    Camille says:


    This is the title of a review I would write about BARBARA COOK’S CARNEGIE HALL concert last night, her seventh or eight one since 1976. Wasn’t anyone there? Where were you La Valkyrietta? I saw several groups of parterriat types there, so who will be kind enough to write a small synopsis of this historic event. Sadly, probably the last, although I wouldn’t put anything past the grand old girl. Even when I last saw her, in May 2008, she was still HerSelf. Last night, well, it was your favorite Tante.

    Please, as I have no time and did not write down all the details — can someone, does anyone care enough to write a little tribute to this unique lady who has contributed so much to the American Musical Theatre and Song Book? Please?

    here she is featured in the original cast recording—which you ALL already know— and her stupendous vocalization of the finale of Cunegonde’s aria starts at about 8:40, for those interested.

    • 4.1
      manou says:

      groups of parterriat types


    • 4.2
      phoenix says:

      sorry dear Camille, i wasn’t there -- besides, nothing i might have written could be more establishmentappropriate than this:

      • 4.2.1
        Camille says:

        establishment à propos. Ah yes. Too bad they had to be so polite.

        Susan Graham distinguished herself, at least to me, with the most authentically sincere and loving demeanor toward her elder colleague.
        Very lovely and brava to her.

        Well, it was sad for me. Just four and one-half years ago I saw her with Marilyn Horne, singing in a joint concert (in Santa Barbara, California) and she was still, almost unbelievably so, what she had always been for maybe the last quarter century.

        Last night was an effort of great love and will, not to mention the aid of her outstanding musical collaborators (one arrangement, I think it was “I’ve got you under my skin” really stood out), but, well, unless she starts to coach with the Mighty Magda, that will most likely be IT. For Carnegie Hall, anyway, but really, no one can know.

        Thanks for posting the Grey Lady Review, phoenix. They surely got that one out prontissimo.