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There is something I must do, there is something I must do

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from the tomb semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of opera and opera-related entertainment in New York and various points north. You, the public, voted, and your decisions, such as they are, are final.

May she have the envelopes, please?

And the winners are…

Best new production at the Met: Werther

Worst new production at the Met: Die Fledermaus (by a whopping 57% of the vote!)

Best Revival at the Met: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Worst Revival at the Met: Andrea Chenier

Best Non-Met Staged Production: Era la notte (White Light Festival)

Best Concert Performance: Peter Grimes (St. Louis Symphony)

Best Performance in a Diva Role: Anna Netrebko in Eugene Onegin

Worst Performance in a Diva Role: Patricia Racette in Andrea Chenier

Best Performance in a Divo Role: Jonas Kaufmann in Werther (57% of the vote)

Worst Performance in a Divo Role: Alexei Tanovitski in Eugene Onegin

Best Performance in a Non-Diva Role: Stephanie Blythe in Falstaff

Poison Ivy Presents the Antonio Salieri Memorial Award for Outstanding Mediocrity: Ramon Vargas in L’elisir d’amore

Maestro of the Year: James Levine

Most Significant Cancellation: Juan Diego Florez in La Cenerentola

Einspringer of the Year: Javier Camarena in La Cenerentola (65% of the vote)

Debut of the Year: Olga Peretyatko in I puritani

Comeback of the Year: James Levine


  • PetertheModest says:

    If one person can vote as many times as they want, instead of one person one vote, these results have no validity.

  • manou says:

    I did not vote at all as I only saw some of the productions in HD and none live this year.

    • oedipe says:

      Are you trying to tell us it wasn’t you who voted for (that is, against) Vargas?

      • manou says:

        I have just voted in the European elections (and our local council elections too).

        But I am indeed entirely innocent of any magouille perpetrated in this ballot.