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Express your elf!

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.

  • redbear

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

    • redbear

      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.

      • Buster

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

  • tannengrin

    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?

    • Has La Cieca journeyed to the UK to express her support for the National Elf Service?

  • Batty Masetto

    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.)

    • Batty!! Asha and I wish you Raat Christmas Kim Thi!

      • “Ki Thi” comsarn autocorrect.

      • Batty Masetto

        O how nice. But for a minute there I was really impressed, I thought you’d figured out a way to send me electronic Christmas Kim Chi…

    • Camille

      Batty dear—here is my wish for a truly wonderful trip which you so deserve!

      Relax and kick up your heels in a festive fashion, and leave all the work at home.

      Bon voyage to you and yours and


  • oedipe

    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?

    • Camille

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

      That’s my departement!

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

  • DharmaBray

    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

    • 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.