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  • Krunoslav: Meanwhile , I am praying that One of Our Merry Band was at Carnegie Hall tonight for the thrilling RING excerpts with Goerke... 12:29 AM
  • uwsinnyc: What an absolutely lovely dove sono. I forget sometimes what a truly beautiful and juicily rich voice she had in her prime. I... 10:49 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: If it’s done right, it does choke you up. Worth waiting sixteen hours for that. It was a wonderful experience.... 10:44 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Like She Loves Me and Gooch, but LIli is supposed to be a child/woman of teenage years. How about Kate in Kiss Me Kate or... 10:09 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: httpv://youtu.be/V 0L5l0G0jd4 9:56 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: One of my favorite songs (by Poulend) was written for Printemps httpvs://youtu.be/ V0L5l0G0jd4 9:55 PM
  • Satisfied: Absolutely thrilling Gotterdämmerung with an immolation scene I will cherish forever! While I didn’t so much care for the... 5:32 PM
  • NPW-Paris: “Images of polluting smokestacks and denuded landscapes play over the scene transition projections, turning every... 5:32 PM

The present future

YouthWell, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic.  Read more »

A hole in the Hedda

Hopper“Hopper’s Wife, a chamber opera with music by Stewart Wallace set to an obscenity-strewn text by Michael Korie, turned out to be the most unpleasant piece as I’ve heard since NYCO’s notorious fiasco The Dreyfus Affair, two decades ago.” (Dido and Aeneas, on the other hand, was mighty fine!) [Observer]

Paranorma activity

Shuffle_500“Due to Anna Netrebko’s recent decision not to add the title role in Bellini’s Norma to her repertory, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden—where she was scheduled to debut the role—as well as the Vienna State Opera and Dallas Opera have announced several related cast changes.” The Met’s press office has been whirring this morning, and La Cieca will try to get you up to speed.  Read more »

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Naked and afraid

Which opera director’s new position seems to have gone to his head? At a recent round of auditions, he reportedly encouraged the singers to disrobe.

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Chat: Otello

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this evening’s Met broadcast of Otello, starting at 7:30 PM.

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Sponsor

And now a word from our sponsor

La Cieca celebrates parterre box’s advertisers for the month of May 2016: Carnegie Hall, the George London Foundation and Opera Orchestra of New York.

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Goerke

Nun zäume dein Ross

Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the Monday, May 2 performance of The Valkyrie at WNO.

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new faces

A strange foreign city

On this day in 1968 the revue New Faces of 1968 opened at the Booth Theatre to run 52 performances.

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One Miillion

One million dollars!

“The Met: Live in HD concluded its tenth anniversary season Saturday with a live transmission of Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production of Elektra, with an estimated attendance of 48,000 in North America earning a gross of $1,037,000.”

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Mrs Danvers

Spring housekeeping

La Cieca would like to ask that you faithful readers take a moment to post your favorite parterre stories on social media.

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