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Invitation to the trance

“This evening celebrates the release of Wayne Koestenbaum’s new book of poetry, The Pink Trance Notebooks, published this October by Nightboat Books…. To mark the book’s publication, and to manifest the spirit of linguistic improvisation, Koestenbaum will perform piano miniatures (Scriabin, Chopin, Fauré, Milhaud, Poulenc) while incanting spontaneous Sprechstimme-style soliloquies.” [The Kitchen]

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La Cieca is positively brimming with excitement to bring you an exclusive interview with @FakeNLebrecht, connoisseur of sick notes, writer of fiction and obituaries.   Read more »

A beautiful vision

“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.” On February 11, 1907, Geraldine Farrar, a week shy of her 25th birthday, became the Metropolitan Opera’s first Cio-Cio-San.   Read more »


“That goes without saying”

“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”

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Jamie Barton

Leave it to Jane

Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

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Geraldine Farrar

“On dirait une fleur nouvelle qui s’épanouit au matin!”

The reviews for Geraldine Farrar‘s Metropolitan Opera debut (Opening Night of the 1906-1907 season) could almost have been written by her own mother.

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Torch passed

The Metropolitan Opera just announced that Mary Jo Heath, who has worked as a producer and guest host for the company over the past nine seasons, will become the fourth full-time radio host in the company’s history this September.

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See also

Surely this is the zenith of the history of the footnote.

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Lions, shared

La Cieca is delighted to announce that the video of the Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Poliuto will be streamed beginning Sunday, August 16th at noon EDT.

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None shall sleep

Yusif Eyvazov will make his Met debut singing the role of Calàf in the performances of Puccini’s Turandot on November 7 matinee and November 12.

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