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  • Feldmarschallin: Well in that Arabella it is a tie who is worse and it is also a tie who looks older. Not all... 4:26 AM
  • ML: He is past the end of his shelf life. Have you heard the Sony Don Carlo? 4:04 AM
  • m. croche: Also forthcoming. Reviews enclosed. Can you spot the JJ? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=5... 2:27 AM
  • danpatter: Camille, I believe Beverly Sills’ recording of NORMA has “Casta diva” in G,... 10:47 PM
  • danpatter: I watched the ARABELLA clip with some trepidation. Fleming’s voice has loosened a bit, but... 10:31 PM
  • danpatter: Yes it Roberta Alexander, as the Fifth Maid, and she gets a very nice ovation at the end. Also... 10:23 PM
  • laddie: Do like the rest of us do, buy $32 tickets and move up. Better yet, volunteer a teensy amount of your... 9:31 PM
  • Ruxxy: What? She breathes oxygen and can move her legs and arms? lol 8:32 PM
  • pavel: Quite a tempting selection of treats, save for the Rameau. Even people dancing in their knickers... 8:10 PM
  • Archaeopteryx: I must say that I find Eaglen’s reading of Norma’s scene on her recital disc with... 6:29 PM

Shopping season

After a long summer drought, suddenly new Blu-ray and DVD releases are falling, as it were, from the sky. La Cieca invites the cher public to peruse a gaggle of operatic offerings after the jump. Read more »

The incomplete idiot

Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.

The virgin Einspring

Jamie Barton will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Adalgisa in Norma for five of the opera’s seven performances on September 5, 10, 14, 27 and 30. Ms. Barton replaces Daveda Karanas, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. [San Francisco Opera]

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Ships in the night

As dear Rosalind Russell once said, “Politics makes strange bedclothes.”

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samson

Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the Met’s opening night of the 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

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Devereux

Brooklyn Queen Express

Our own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin delves back into those days when there was another opera company in New York, and (what’s more) the opera done there was worth hearing.

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mascaron

The opera glasses are half full

Now that we have the good news (or anyway the goodish news) that the Met’s season will continue apace, let’s unbend a bit, cher public, and discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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britannia

Once upon a Thames

“Likewise Susan Bullock and Nicholas Phan—leading exponents of Wagner and Britten respectively…”

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Anna Trovatore

Rule number 11

Cher public, you may remember that about 18 years ago a parterre writer called Dr. Repertoire came up with a handy list of rules for stage directors.

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Olivia

Luke swarm

La Cieca (pictured) fears that the parterre hive mind proved itself populated with more drones than workers this time around.

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