Headshot of La Cieca

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  • quibbleglib: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JRSg OHQOVAQ 11:29 PM
  • quibbleglib: Well, this young tenor certainly sings the hell out of the role: httpsv://www.yo... 11:28 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Puzzling. Maybe MMII got sick of the long winter and went somewhere. To Puebla?... 11:15 PM
  • Hippolyte: Bryan Hymel is singing Arnold at the MET. 11:04 PM
  • operaassport: Not for 99% of the dads who can’t afford to take time off every time a kid gets a... 11:02 PM
  • operaassport: They’re not 4000 seat theaters like the MET. Just in case you didn’t know. 11:00 PM
  • Camille: Kindest regards and thanks to all who have generously shared information on Roberto Devereux today.... 10:58 PM
  • williams: Comparisons between Florez & Camarena, it seems to me, are a fool’s errand. Aren’t... 10:39 PM
  • Camille: Donde esta Marshie, Guessie? 10:34 PM
  • Camille: I am afraid that MMII has find The Ultimate Bubble and left us forever. Let us wait and watch for... 10:26 PM

The end of glasnost?


When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the mantle of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, a palpable change was felt in the air, from Novosibirsk to East Berlin. Words like glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) began to replace the gradually outmoded Leninist philosophies that had become warped under Stalin and Andropov. The possibilities were palpable, and soon manifested into thousands of Muscovites calling for Gorbachev to resign in 1990, following the latter half of the decade teeming with what David Remnick aptly described for the New Yorker as “argument, truth-telling, irony, hysteria, and scandal” on state television.   Read more »