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  • DeepSouthSenior: Please let it be noted that I did not make the original statements – “redbear&... 3:37 AM
  • Lohengrin: Sorry, he is NOT my cup of tea……& #8230;…. 3:15 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: One could hardly notice his absence then, he doesn’t have that much to sing +... 2:54 AM
  • La Cieca: Here is the final scene from 28 September. Whatever Alagna’s injury, either he recovered... 2:49 AM
  • Albertine: The interval was after the auto-da-fe scene, and of course Don Carlo does not appear in the... 2:29 AM
  • Albertine: It certainly was the 4 act version, and the gist of of the public announcment was that RA was sick... 2:13 AM
  • derschatzgabber: If memory serves, I think Gockley has indicated that he intends to retire at the end of his... 2:03 AM
  • sfmike: Here’s another vote for the “Galina̶ 1; autobiography, one of the most wild,... 1:50 AM
  • SilvestriWoman: Could Speight be going to San Francisco??? 1:32 AM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: I should be clear, it was not Alagna getting through “Part Two”. 12:40 AM

Blind advancement

What retired executive might be on the cusp of fulfilling a lifelong dream?  And which opera company is on the brink of replacing an administrator (now in his golden years) with another of the same vintage?

Context unbecoming

Actual contextual advertising served with an anti-Klinghoffer screed. Click to embiggen.

Dream team

In honor of WQXR’s salute to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation next week—featuring Tucker honoree Michael Fabiano and hosted by legendary Renata Scotto—La Cieca invites the cher public to compete for free tickets to the mini-concert.  Details are after the jump.   Read more »

Dressye Jessye

“Pretentious? Moi?”

Diva-to-end-all-divas Jessye Norman indulges in one of her all-too-frequent “Pretentious? Moi?” moments in this interview explaining why she nevah reads her critics.

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Enchantress

Everything but the bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end

This week Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents for our delight a rare live performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress.

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Vulture

Non posso nemmeno

“Thank goodness the Met’s new production by Richard Eyre lacks a bold new concept.”

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Hong

Bohemian girl

The Met press office announces: “Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème on September 26 and 29, replacing Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who is ill.”

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Figaro

Wedding bell blues

“So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.”

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protester

Chorus of the exiled protesters

“I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.”

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opening night

Tiara in the aisles

Our Own JJ (pictured) is off to cover the Met’s opening night.

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