Cher Public

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  • Milady DeWinter: I agree, Sanford – Bonisolli could be provincial, and was a temperamental weirdo, to say the least, but he had... 12:36 PM
  • Sanford: The Pace is really gorgeous. By the way, is anyone else not receiving email notification of responses? I have gotten an email... 12:24 PM
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  • Sanford: Bonisolli isn’t too shabby, either. 11:02 AM
  • PCally: I too had never heard a single recordings of hers, even that first otello telecast with Domingo. I really enjoying her lovely... 10:55 AM
  • Sanford: I must say that I wasn’t familiar with Ms. Cruz-Romo’s voice before listening to this but I’m in love.... 10:33 AM

Today’s secret word is Regie

Perhaps La Cieca did not quite play fair with you on the most recent Regie quiz, cher public, because the work depicted is a relatively new one, from 2007 in fact. It’s Die Schatzinsel, an “Abenteueroper” by Frank Schwemmer and Michael Frowin presented by the Opernhaus Zürich. The production is by Nadja Loschky.   Take a look at the trailer for this arrrrguably obscure piece, and after that the next Regie quiz, after the jump.  

Now, cher public, what’s up with this production? Remember, if you recognize the staging, hush while others make their educated guesses!


  • operalover9001 says:

    Looks very commedia dell’arte -- Love for Three Oranges or Tote Stadt?

  • brunettino says:

    Cosi fan tutte --
    1]Dorabella, Fiordiligi and Don Alfonso — Soave sia il vento as a laff riot

    2]Ferrando and Guglielmo when they are singing about their attributes

    3]Don Alfonso at the end having been proven right

  • Vanette says:

    Orlando furioso by Händel
    1) Angelica & Dorinda
    2) Orlando being sedated
    3) Zoroastro showing how he did it.

  • justanothertenor says:

    Looks wacky…

  • rysanekfreak says:

    Don Giovanni

    1. Anna, Elvira, and Ottavio get ready to enter the Don’s party near the end of Act one.

    2. In the cemetery, the Statue (lying in bed) scares Leporello.

    3. The Don scoffs at the fires of Hell as he nears his end.

  • Ilka Saro says:

    The second picture looks like someone is being visited with a prophetic dream, and that he doesn’t like it. So I will go with Dido and Aeneas.

  • Anna Mills says:

    War and Peace

    1. At the ball: Helene, Anatole, Natasha
    2. Wounded Prince Andrei- delirious
    3. Napoleon in Moscow

  • cosmodimontevergine says:

    “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”

  • A. Poggia Turra says:

    In honor of the Verdi anniversary year:

    Clearly, this is Andrea Breth’s wonderous new Luisa Miller from Brussels:

    Photo One -- The Duchess Frederika revels over her pursuit of Rodolfo, as Luisa despairs

    Photo Two -- Wurm recounts the murder of Count Waldner’s brother, as the Count tries to pretend it’s all a bad dream

    Photo Theee -- At the Retired Officer’s Christmas party, Miller sings “Ah fu giusto il mio sospetto”

  • RDaggle says:

    stab in the dark: Lulu?

    a guess based on the last picture with Houdini the Ripper there …

  • MacBettyBoop says:

    Easy -- Turandot

    1. The Princess and Liu have a tug-of-war over Calaf.

    2. Ping and Pang waiting for Pong to tuck them in.

    3. The Emperor impresses the court with a few tricks while Turandot gets ready for her entrance.

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Another BETLY!!!

  • La Valkyrietta says:

    I Pagliacci?

    Even if I’m wrong, these photos make me presso dal delirio. :)

  • m. croche says:


    1) Clorinda/Tisbe + Don Magnifico
    2) Dandini/Ramiro = but which is which?
    3) Alidoro -- Vasto teatro e il mondo

  • Dave Yaney says:

    Has anybody guessed Zauberflote yet?

    1. The three ladies
    2. Papageno foils Monostatos and slaves
    3. Sarastro, or, Queen of the Night

  • Giasone says:

    The Rake’s Progress?

  • DharmaBray says:

    Ahh I just saw this on Monday night and it was as fabulous a new production as the pictures indicate but alas I will have to stay stumm.