Headshot of La Cieca

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  • Cicciabella: I don’t know if he’s ever sung it, but, based on his Otello and other Verdi roles,... 3:09 PM
  • rapt: Giacometti, however, would only sing with extremely thin sopranos… 2:52 PM
  • Fidelia: Thanks for your reply, Bill. Mr F agrees with you, and although a great admirer of Vickers thinks... 2:46 PM
  • Camille: Badly behaved vestal virgins are the BEST kind! Wouldn’t you be badly behaved if all you had... 2:42 PM
  • Camille: We mustn’t carry on any longer or La Cieca will wonder what we all have got in our pipes and... 2:40 PM
  • LT: Bill, this sounds very plausible. Considering she was going to debut the role of Aida in Rome under Muti... 2:39 PM
  • Bill: Well Pavarotti also sang Radames, at least some performances I guess he is in your first group. Di... 2:37 PM
  • danpatter: It occurred to me while listening to this that a few transpositions might help her enormously.... 2:10 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Le Roi de Lahore is another one I haven’t listened to for ages. If I carry on at this rate... 2:00 PM
  • Bill: Stoyanova already had stated in another interview in German that she had yet a third Strauss Role... 1:57 PM

Winged victory

“A wayward bouquet conked Kristine Opolais on her noggin during the ovation Friday night in La Rondine—but that was the only mishap in the Latvian soprano’s spectacular Met debut. Her coolly glamorous voice rose to the many challenges of the role of Magda, a Parisian courtesan who tries to live out a fantasy of finding true love in Puccini’s 1917 opera.” [New York Post]

42 comments

  • kashania says:

    Glad to hear of her success. She is a terrific Elvira in Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni.

    • Ruxxy says:

      Wish I could agree dear Kashania but her constant clipping of the notes is really irritating -- spoiling an otherwise fine performance.

    • Clita del Toro says:

      Sorry Kashie, but this is not first-rate Mozart singing. I listened to the aria without watching because her overacting (whether it was she or the direction) was too distracting. She rushes through the aria without much feeling for the music.

  • No blows to the head. But here’s the review of Monday night’s ‘Rondine’ on ‘Superconductor.’

    • armerjacquino says:

      Not to be That Guy, but I’m pretty sure you don’t mean to say her acting ‘supplanted’ her voice, although I guess it’s something that could be said of Michael or Poplavskaya…