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Cher Public

  • "Germans produce a lot more contemporary opera than the MET does. Conservative..." - m. croche
  • "that was beautiful; thanks for sharing that touching performance by Mr...." - antikitschychick
  • "Seem to be having problems copying the link. httpv://youtu.be/X _AArumG76U" - mjmacmtenor
  • "Oops. Let’s try this again. httpv://youtu.be/L Jno125Cvk4" - mjmacmtenor
  • "Here’s one who could pull it off. Should have recorded it with him and..." - mjmacmtenor
  • "This is only the second year I’ve missed the Whitsun Festival in ten years..." - willym
  • "naturally; and if Dudamel should fall ill, we should know whom to expect to..." - antikitschychick
  • "W Zauscher’s Salome is a personal favorite. I love this clip. Thanks,..." - Sempre liberal

Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.” [New York Observer]

A committee should be organized

On this day in 2015 it was announced that Cecilia Bartoli would sing the role of Maria in West Side Story at the 2016 Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, no less! Read more »

My day at the polls has come to an end, I know

The results are in for the 2015 Pubie Awards, cher public, and may La Cieca just say that you could knocked her over with featheras some of the results! Read more »

Bianca Salome

How’s your head?

Now here’s a competition for a parterrian: the Bayerische Staatsoper is looking for a drag performer to lip sync the final scene from Salome!

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Carl Rosa

Cooting edge

Fans of the “context-free laundry list” school of opera criticism will be happy to know that “the world’s preeminent philosopher in the field of aesthetics,” Roger Scruton, has now shouldered the white man’s burden of rescuing opera from interpretation.

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Moses

Words and music

As is happening increasingly in opera productions today (e.g., the Rosenkavalier in Stuttgart), the action of Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper begins some minutes before the music does.

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Cieca as fortuneteller

21st century blues

Your doyenne peers into the future, or, to be more accurate, into the Future Met Wiki, to reveal the latest rumors on casting and repertoire.

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coote

Mezzos don’t cry

Alice Coote talks about her life as a man. (No, really.)

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West Side Story

Macaronic and cheese

The Berlin Komische Oper was the scene of one of my greatest opera experiences five years ago, so I particularly looked forward to a return to this theater.

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Rapace

The girl with the Onassis tattoo

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been named as star of a film biography of Maria Callas to be directed by Niki Caro, reports Variety.

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