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  • moritz: I was about to write “I’ve never heard or read that someone used the verb “fistelnR 21; although... 3:25 AM
  • siegmund: I believe she sang almost all of the big wagner roles including brunnhilde and isolde in places like London and Vienna. 1:43 AM
  • Bluebeard: A pivotal scene features that image, plus it’s the poster used by other companies, such as the ROH. It’s a... 12:38 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I saw the livestream. Opolais is a great actress, and a decent musician, but her voice really lacks any bloom. It kind of... 11:19 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP singer Lynn Anderson httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=2g0 f3_Gke84 8:59 PM
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  • Bill: I liked Ludmila Dvorakova a great deal – she had a Flagstad like warmth to her voice – very rich in the middle. She sang... 6:37 PM
  • luvtennis: I would have a hard time suspending my disbelief too. How can you kill nuns to music that’s this much FUN!... 5:49 PM

One night only, one night only, there’s nothing more to say

The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.

Escape from nuance

Just when you thought it was impossible to lose any further respect for Francesca Zambello, the director (and, so rumor has it, instigator of beefing up the rapey content) of the fiasco opera Two Women has now announced, “I would not stage a rape scene in an opera ever again…. It makes too much of the audience too uncomfortable. As directors we can convey the atrocities of the world, past and present, by using images and dramatic situations, but we must use nuance.”   Read more »

“She must be beautiful, but more important, she must be refined”

We may have had our little differences in the past, but La Cieca wants to be the first to congratulate Renée Fleming on her latest achievement: being named as the new “Gillian Girl” following the retirement of Anne Welles. [Spirit and Flesh Magazine]

Jon Vickers

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.

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John Berry

“My work is done”

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera, has announced he intends to step down from his role after 20 years with the Company.

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Anna Netrebko

Perchè tarda la luna?

Anna Netrebko‘s current concert tour is scheduled at some point to include her first public performance of “In questa reggia” from Turandot, but it hasn’t happened so far.

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spam

That’s not got much spam in it

On this day in 1937 Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

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chicago

Pop! Six! Squish! Uh-uh!

“In a sudden, stunning, and largely unexplained change in procedure, Lyric Opera of Chicago has opted not to release any details of its financial performance for FY2015 that ended yesterday.”

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cornetto

Tu che di gelato sei cinta

It’s the first of July, and naturally La Cieca won’t let the day go by without a salute to those wonderful advertisers who keep parterre.com online and thriving.

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Richard Morrison

Journalist’s afternoon tea guest list decimated

“Why did they concur? I was shocked to see children in the audience.”

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