Cher Public

Daniela Dessì 1957-2016

DessiIt has been reported that soprano Daniela Dessì has died of cancer. She was 59. Read more »

Just before the Battle, mother, I am thinking most of you

Battle CryThose of you looking forward to enjoying a Broadway play based on the life of Kathleen Battle, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, will have to go on waiting. The ostensible producer of this project, Roland Scahill, has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and scheming to defraud.

“After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely”

sieFinally we know what Brian Kellow used to do at Opera News: proofreading. Read more »


Straniero, ascolta!

A sneak preview of perhaps the most intriguing track on Anna Netrebko’s forthcoming Verismo CD.

Read more »


How green was my hill

On this day in 1876 the Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of the Ring.

Read more »

Patrice Munsel

Patrice Munsel 1925-2016

The soprano, famed for her status youngest performer to make a debut at the Met as well as her flamboyant style and personality, died last Thursday after suffering a stroke.

Read more »


People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

Read more »


The Tony never bothered me anyway

La Cieca hears that Stefan Herheim’s Met Meistersinger (scheduled for 2019-2020) may not be his New York debut after all.

Read more »

Dima Todd

Nakonets! Ruka zavershena yeshche raz!

Now this is a piece of (imaginary) casting so obvious you have to wonder if it hasn’t already happened and we missed it.

Read more »

Mae West

You’ve got to taste all the fruit

The current iteration of that altogether necessary resource the Met Future Wiki currently lists a repertoire of 32(!) programs intended for the Met’s 2017-2018 season, which clearly is absurd.

Read more »