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Twice on this island

Here’s a last-minute alert to a bit of baroque in downtown NYC: the project WhiteboxLab: SoundLounge will livestream performances of Handel’s Alcina tonight and tomorrow night (Sunday) starting each evening at 7:00 PM. The “theatric installation” is directed by R. B. Schlather. For Sunday night’s performance, La Casa della Cieca will be open for discussion during the event. Read more »

Listen like a pirate day

In honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to share reminiscences (and, where applicable, YouTube clips) of your favorite pirate recordings. These need not necessarily include the appearance of Maria Callas. Read more »

Hello, Mini!

Born on this day in 1949 Twiggy. Read more »

Fiddler

Sounds crazy, no?

“Possibly Grange Park Opera’s most ambitious production… Ever.”

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Le déluge

The very busy Met press office announces: “The Metropolitan Opera announces cast changes for this season’s performances of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Verdi’s Aida, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.”

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Callas Edition

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself.”

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THE DOG IN THE MANGER

It’s a good career

Music Director James Levine (pictured, left) is obviously feeling well enough that he can get back to favorite pastime, i.e., making sure nobody else has a success except him.

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Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital.

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Teresa Stratas

Thank you all for the gifts and the flowers

Perhaps to whet the appetite for the Met’s opening night just one week from now, Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents a gala performance of Le nozze di Figaro (with a cast headed by Teresa Stratas) from the Paris Opera.

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Roman holiday

Big changes in San Francisco’s Norma.

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