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  • Marcello: Not that I am especially keen on Lucia, but there have been quite some unexplained cancellations... 10:59 AM
  • Bill: Yoncheva did have a bit of trouble with all her highest notes as Violetta at the Met last week –... 10:53 AM
  • Bill: Zampieri’s voice was an acquired taste particularly as she had several registers (all 3 of them... 10:40 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I think the top is not what it used to be. I remember thinking that when I heard her... 10:32 AM
  • kashania: Meier is of the greatest singing actresses I’ve ever experienced (alas, never live). Her... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: For those interested, the performance that finally served as the opening night of the production... 10:04 AM
  • Marcello: After all that excitement about Sonya Yoncheva and her Violetta, I am disappointed to hear that she... 9:54 AM
  • Camille: Bill, you are a treasure trove of delights. Thank you so kindly for all your reminiscing on La... 9:53 AM
  • Krunoslav: I have to disagree with both Ivy and Feldie here. The one time i heard Zampieri live was as... 9:52 AM
  • Camille: You can use them as coasters…. Awaiting fhe herald of Le Cid!!! 9:48 AM

Mist opportunity

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Boys and girls, not together

Photo: Cory Weaver“…it’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival, a program so essential that it feels like it must have been around forever. With a splendid sense of appropriateness, this festival of new opera is the first important event in the New Year, and the pieces it showcases offer at their best the thrill and hope of a New Year’s resolution.”  [New York Observer]

Sight reading

Which American opera diva’s next starring project will be an appearance as Florence Foster Jenkins in a film about that earlier American diva’s life and times?

Elena Obraztsova

Elena Obraztsova 1939-2015

The celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano has died. She was 75.

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Covent Garden

Crush

Take your time promenading, cher public, but please return in time to discuss off-topic and general interest subjects before the bell rings for the next act.

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Switchboard

Job description

La Cieca is sometimes asked what it is that a dramaturg does, or why it is that an opera house need a dramaturg

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Don Giovanni

City of night

Krzysztof Warlikowski‘s controversial production of Don Giovanni at La Monnaie is now streaming online.

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Dolores

Thanks a lot, but…

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (not pictured) congratulates Countervail for the best attempt at identifying the “Brass Divas.”

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Renee Glawari

Floperetta

>”Ghastly!” — New York Observer

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Pompadour

Alla pompadour che s’appresta, meco, o schiava, assisterai!

Appearances to the contrary, La Cieca is not teasing when she invites the cher public (pictured) to enjoy discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

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