Cher Public

  • ernestlow: A pity Baltsa could not make it for the Act IV Carmen. She cancelled on the day itself and was replaced by Maximova. To hear... 10:22 AM
  • Hippolyte: Perhaps it would be more accurate to say the 40th anniversary of his operatic debut as the Ernani in Cincinnati was a concert... 9:21 AM
  • Krunoslav: Let’s not forget during-War: com/Verdi-Forza-De l-Destino-Stignani /dp/B007VA1ZQ0 The person I find... 9:19 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Mi chiamano Mini Ah, Ford e lui 8:39 AM
  • JackJack: We attended yesterday (May 29), and Camarena had jettisoned the wig! 8:27 AM
  • stevey: La C., this post made me love life more. “Slavering lunatic” is an absolute classic. Thank you! :-) 3:13 AM
  • Cicciabella: That shouldn’t be a problem. Assistant directors are not nincompoops. We’ve just had a run of the Claus Guth Don... 2:36 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Aw, thanks, Niel (and all others). This opera, I think, has done better in the recording studio postwar than it has on stage,... 1:59 AM

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La Cieca (pictured) would like to remind those members of the cher public with last-minute gift shopping needs that purchases from the Little Shop of Arias completed by 7:00 PM EST today (Friday) can still reach their intended recipients by December 24. (Simply select “Two-Day Shipping” at checkout) The even more dilatory among you should recall that an Amazon Gift Card is instantly deliverable via email and (ça va sans dire) always in the best of taste.


  • 1
    redbear says:

    An intelligent debate about opera of today and tomorrow? What an extraordinary (and doomed?) project.

    • 1.1
      redbear says:

      So excited to find the world still exists this morning: the above comment was intended for the item below. My Christmas shopping, the box of Michael Plasson’s 38 CD collection of French opera, has already been received by me.

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        Buster says:

        We get Michel Plasson here (Rotterdam Philharmonic) next month. Nuits d’été, Debussy & Bartok!

  • 2
    tannengrin says:

    Wait,is this a picture of the famous Radio City Holiday Aida? The High Priestess with the most cleavage, and the chorus shrunk to size?

  • 3
    Batty Masetto says:

    Chers (Par)Tyriens,

    Speaking of Christmas presents, since I’ll be away on the day, I don’t want to miss the chance to wish everybody Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and to thank one and all – and especially La Cieca – for yet another year of hilarity, bitchery and general operatic mayhem.

    Here’s a little something festive in honor of the season:

    Plus an unconscionably belated Chanukah treat:

    And a special hat tip to M. Croche for introducing me to Chinese opera this year:

    (And I’ve already done a passel of Christmas shopping via the Parterre Amazon link.)

  • 4
    oedipe says:

    The program of the 2013 Verbier Festival has just been announced:

    Hasn’t Netrebko said, not long ago, that she has NO desire to sing Desdemona because she doesn’t like the character, or am I making things up, again?

    • 4.1
      Camille says:

      No, you are NOT making merde up, monsieur œdipe!!!

      That’s my departement!

      Wasn’t that in the NYTimes article only recently??

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    DharmaBray says:

    Has any Parterrian read this new, well reviewed, tome providing a new (perhaps slightly more revisionist?) history of opera?

    A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker

    • 5.1
      La Cieca says:

      La Cieca is making her way through it (she’s up to Early Verdi) and her impressions thus far is that it’s well researched and intelligently written if rather dry and flat in affect: that is, there’s little sense that the authors are really passionate about their subject. To put it another way, I get the feeling that if you got into a heated discussion with these authors on the subject of opera, they would fairly quickly say, “Yes, you have some valid points” and then change the subject.