Cher Public

  • -Ed.: Ah! My latest earbug is from the Gardiner Figaro.. and now it can be yours too! Perfection. httpv:// com/watch?v=Ua7... 10:03 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Ivy, Daniel Barenboim doesn’t quite see it that way: Whoever wants to see a repulsive attack on Jews in Wagner’s... 9:42 PM
  • Poison Ivy: A lot of Beckmessers music sounds like a parody of cantorial traditions, and certainly not something Wagner normally wrote for... 8:56 PM
  • grimoaldo: I’m a proud Episcopalian! Doesn’t stop me kvetching about anti-Semitism, not in Wagner generally, but in... 8:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well of COURSE a Venetian would say that… 8:33 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: dear quoth, then there are us Jews who kvetch about other people reading anti-semitism everywhere in Wagner ;-) although... 8:32 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Sorry, quoth, I’m not buying. Possibly some day somebody will unearth a letter where Wagner says “I really... 8:24 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: @armer– an old friend in Venezia assures me that there never was (which we know) and never would have been a... 8:21 PM

Encore! Encore!

For tomorrow afternoon’s chat at La Casa della Cieca, your doyenne offers an unusual double blast from the past.

The suggested listening for this chat will be an on-demand rebroadcast of a series of episodes of “Unnatural Acts of Opera” dedicated to the December 7, 1975 performance of Verdi’s Macbeth from La Scala, featuring the following personnel:

Macbeth – Piero Cappuccilli; Lady Macbeth – Shirley Verrett; Banco – Nicolai Ghiaurov; Macduff – Franco Tagliavini; Malcolm – Nicola Martinucci.Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.

This week’s chat is a little different, cher public. Instead of listening to a live broadcast internet radio, the interested listenr may simply click the “play” button on the player on the La Casa della Cieca page at 1:00 PM EDT and we’ll all be in synch. (If you arrive late, simply ask someone in the chat how far the stream has advanced, and jump to that point in the stream if you like.)


  • laddie says:

    Just now starting Macbeth. Thank you La C. for the player in the chat room.

  • Camille says:

    Many thanks for the encore presentation of this wonderful work yesterday, for I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was good of Our Hostess to have brushed up on her Shakespeare, as it were, and to act as our fearless leader. Very edifying, entertaining and, hopefully, her programming as such to be ENCORED.

    Somehow I have never chanced to have listened to that particular performance, now I can’t imagine whyever not! It was simply spectacular and went a looooong way towards washing out the hideous howlings of La Nada in the last performance at the MET I attended of this much beloved, by me, work. La ShirlISSIMA was simply unbelievable. She even made Leonie sound like a slacker, and that’s damn hard to do.

    Brava divæ, tutti e due!

  • manou says:

    Schedule of BBC Radio 3 forthcoming broadcasts:

    mostly in the Saturday “chat” slot.