Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • La Cieca: This is one of my all-time favorite Broadway moments, and Alice Playten DEFINES star quality.... 12:39 AM
  • mia apulia: it is inspiring bronzino, that there are no “minority artists” for you–or... 12:39 AM
  • Krunoslav: Brava Alice Playten. As Alice Plotkin, she created the role of the child in the Met’s first... 12:39 AM
  • mia apulia: sh, phoenix, I remember Ella Lee very well from a wonderful recital, but I never got to hear her... 12:36 AM
  • warmke: There is. Otherwise known as: http://www.malabar .net/costumerental s.html Supplies most regional... 12:28 AM
  • Satisfied: http://www.nytimes .com/2015/04/21/th eater/review-renee -fleming-plays-aga inst-type-in-li... 11:26 PM
  • Satisfied: Not surprising but…The People’s Diva’s theatrical vehicle is getting a... 11:25 PM
  • Loge: The Wolf Kennst du das Land was an extraordinary encore. 11:11 PM
  • mia apulia: well, I rather like her in this, too httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=cM1g OSTZLW8 10:15 PM
  • parpignol: Happy Birthday, Andrew– I love your recordings– are you able to tell us a little bit... 10:00 PM

Call me Madame

“To play La Pompadour—what a delightful task! To be La Pompadour—what a gruesome fate!” Thus spoke operetta superstar Fritzi Massary after researching her role as Louis XV’s official mistress in the Leo Fall operetta Madame Pompadour, which was written as a star vehicle for “die Massary” and had its first, hugely successful, performance in Berlin in 1922, followed by runs in Vienna and London. Read more »

Kraus purposes

Perhaps there are not that many people in the world who would look at a CD cover and think “Oh, goody, goody! A libretto by Eugène Scribe I’ve never come across before!” Scribe, a prolific creator of many forms of popular theatre in Paris, wrote the libretti for the most famous French grand operas but also produced works in many other genres. I knew I could expect a lot of variety, incident and entertainment from Ali Baba ou Les Quarante voleurs (“Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”) and I was not disappointed. Read more »

Bo, concept

The surprises, and puzzles, of Dmitri Tcherniakov‘s production of Don Giovanni in this DVD of a performance at the Aix-en-Provence festival begin before a note has been played or the curtain has risen. The cast list is not what those of us familiar with the Mozart-da Ponte classic are accustomed to.

We find the statement “The action takes place in the house of the Commander” and then the cast is listed as : “The Commander; Donna Anna (his daughter); Don Ottavio (her new fiancé); Zerlina (her daughter by a previous marriage); Masetto (Zerlina’s fiance); Donna Elvira (Anna’s cousin); Don Giovanni (Elvira’s husband); and Leporello (a relative who lives in the house).” Read more »

orpheus_amazon

Hell night

I got quite a surprise when I opened the latest packet of goodies from La Cieca – a DVD of Orphée aux Enfers, but in German as Orpheus in der Unterwelt.

Read more »

cosi_amazon

Doing it again

The 19th century could not cope with Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers)  with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and music by Mozart, first presented in Vienna in 1790.

Read more »

muette_amazon

And to top it all off, the volcano erupts

the strip on my first and, so far at least, only visit to Las Vegas a few years ago, I noticed what to me was a most unexpected sight and startled my companions by pointing out the window and shouting “Auber!”

Read more »

aida_amazon

One for the vault

Of all of Verdi’s operas. Aida is the one I find least interesting dramatically.

Read more »

attila_amazon

Odd numbers

All of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi contain music that is worth hearing and can be rewarding in good performances.

Read more »

nabucco_amazon

Captivating in Babylon

Verdi’s first operatic masterpiece is well served by this DVD of a performance from the Teatro Regio di Parma.

Read more »