Cher Public

  • rompicolleone: Hasn’t JK been singing this song all over Europe for the last six months? 7:47 PM
  • manou: Tous dans le même panier? 7:38 PM
  • aulus agerius: PD sounds dreadful – his emission seems utterly undependable. Hey, he’s older than I am – what else would... 7:22 PM
  • Camille: Oh, and Vratogna–for what he lacks in vocal suavité he amply makes up in sleaziness as the most laudiably and justifiably... 7:12 PM
  • Niel Rishoi: I found Cruz-Romo hard-pressed and wiry. Never a fan of Bonisolli. The two stalwarts, Siepi and Bruscantini, sounded by far... 7:07 PM
  • Camille: If it is any consolation to you AKC, so far as Spanish vs. Italian, it is very tricky sometimes. In Rome, I went to school to... 7:01 PM
  • Camille: Just stick with Beurre d’Isigny and forget about but(t)er. Yes, take off those noise cancelling ear muffs and be alert when... 6:34 PM
  • PCally: Armer, the basic timbre of the voice is still appealing I think. But some of his operatic ventures have just been appalling.... 6:24 PM

Il existe une cité au séjour enchanté

Always look for the helpers.   Read more »

American gothic

On this day in 1940, Walt Disney‘s animated film Fantasia was released, with the unique credit “Special Lyrics for ‘Ave Maria’ by Rachel Field.”   Read more »

Freud Schaden

Photo: M. Spencer Green / Associated PressLyric Opera of Chicago’s newly-released financial reports for fiscal year 2015 reveal the company’s ticket sale income decreased by almost $3 million between FY 2014 and FY 2015, a drop of more than 10%. Last year the company sold $25,880,310 in tickets and spent $74,797,144 on program costs, administration and development.  A highlight of LOC’s current season, as planned and executed by general director Anthony Freud (pictured) will be a revival of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette starring Eric Cutler and Susanna Phillips.   [LOC Financial Statements 2015]

to die for

Would I not die for you, dear, if I could?

Merry Widow final dress rehearsal was a big success! Renée is simply to die for!”

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Mr Tact

“Come in, Mr. Tact”

“‘Fat-pack’ critic-attacked mezzo to debut at Carnegie Hall”

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Out of the Past

Everything old is old again

“The group originally hoped to mount a lavish production by Franco Zeffirelli….”

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Lulu collage

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular.

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Blind bombshell

Though La Cieca hates to put the brakes on anyone’s excitement, the cher public should be aware that a beloved veteran diva is going to be a no-show at the Met Guild luncheon on Friday.

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Lebrecht Liaisons

Bête baignoire

Why, look: Norman Lebrecht has found yet another reactionary cause to embrace!

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Artist’s name spelled correctly

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Brain Tumor Gone and Cancer-Free, to Sing at Helikon Opera in November,” reads the headline.

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