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  • mrsjohnclaggart: Thank you, PorgyAmor. 3:12 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Here is the longer of the two versions of the much-discussed (but hitherto not linked) Washington Post article.... 2:11 AM
  • m. croche: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=r0qE UMX2UaE 1:52 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Thanks for your comments. Actually, the blog’s name was a friend’s idea. It wasn’t specifically about leaving... 1:51 AM
  • OpinionatedNeophyte: Oh yeah. It totes makes sense to ask black men, still least likely to get hired and first to get fired, their public... 1:41 AM
  • Ruxxy: I suspect the public face would say the same thing. A white Otello is as ridiculous as a one legged Tarzan. It’s just a pity... 12:57 AM
  • antikitschychick: steveac10 asks: “If a work of art offends some because of attitudes it portrays that were accepted at the time of... 12:53 AM
  • m. croche: Aiyo, I botched the nesting. This was in response to Steveac above. 12:51 AM

Politically deflect

“A few weeks after the opening night of Otello in New York, The Washington Post convened a group of African–American opera singers to discuss the issue. Not surprisingly, there was agreement on one thing: using makeup to color the face of a white singer playing Otello isn’t a problem.” [Opera News]

La commedia comincia

Hello, hello, cher public? You called, I can’t hear a thing. Well, actually at the moment I can’t hear your chat, which is the problem. The software used for the regular “La Casa della Cieca” chat is somehow mucking up the smooth operation of the site, and so, for the moment, your doyenne asks to you chat in an alternate fashion, to be explained after the jump.   Read more »

La deserta donna

La Cieca hopes the cher public won’t let poor Manon Lescaut get too lonely out there in the bayou or the heath or whatever it is, because you’ll want stay close to listen to our latest Identification Quiz, 15 sopranos in full hysterical wail.   Read more »

Perfect Strangers

Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.”

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Colonel Gelb

The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.

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Bear Pit

Se il destassi… no, peloso!

The one glitch was a much-publicised fiasco in the bear-pit of Milan’s La Scala, where in 1998 she was booed after her performance in Donzietti’s Lucrezia Borgia.”

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Rochelle Rochelle

When the naysayers ‘nay’ you pick up your pace

“Chee’s novel charts Berne’s course from the mid-19th-century snowbound Minnesotan frontier, to the tents of a roving circus troupe…

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Kremlin

The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

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La Cieca is pleased and proud to present the Top 10 most popular posts on parterre.com for the month of January 2016.

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