Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • Clita del Toro: Feld, she is singing now. I know what you mean. Lol squally! 1:08 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Merbeth as Senta? No thanks. 1:03 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yesterday outside the BSO there were many, many people looking for tickets for the first... 1:02 PM
  • kashania: Overall interest in classical music and opera (and others arts) may not have waned (I don’t... 12:58 PM
  • ducadiposa: Hey Bill. I think I replied to one of your earlier posts about Budapest. I saw the same Ariadne... 12:49 PM
  • peter: Rest in peace Carlo: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=bGF4 BkqNtzo 12:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: I don’t buy the ‘classical music isn’t popular’ argument. The... 12:42 PM
  • reedroom: “The arts organisations that have gone bankrupt haven’t gone under because of horrible... 12:39 PM
  • Ewige Nacht: The Met’s business model is highly dependent upon its institutional memory and hence on... 12:35 PM
  • kashania: And tours!! Don’t forget hugely expensive, non-revenue-genera ting tours. The solution to a... 12:27 PM

Chat roulette

It’s the opening of the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcast season, cher public, and the first opera in the series is Rigoletto. You know what that means: La Casa della Cieca is open for business staring at 12:30 pm!

88 comments

  • grimoaldo says:

    There was another interesting story on Lebrecht’s site:

    http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/12/breaking-dismay-at-la-scala-opening-night-as-violetta-misses-her-act-ii-entrance.html

    Apparently Damrau missed her entrance for the second party scene and the orchestra played for quite some time without any singing, did anyone see that on the live stream?

  • rommie says:

    Can we clock that Traviata-Alfredo shade:

    Bringing cupcakes to your dying lover whom you do not want to touch.

    That whole finale act was all Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

  • rommie says:

    LOL
    Italian Twitter feed abuzz with the fact that she died on a chair and not on a bed
    LOL

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    It probably was not Damrau’s fault. However, many famous artists have been notorious for not arriving at their position in the wings required position until the very last moment even if the stage management placed the “Signor X sul palcoscenico prego!” call at the right time. It will be interesting to see if they doctor the video for posterity. I can only imagine how horrified everyone in the TV crew must have been, not to mention everyone else who saw it live.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

      This Otello was in plenty of time. (I love it when the person with the camera starts whistling along, at 1:14, which is considered very bad luck in the theater -- probably deadly onstage.