Cher Public

Powder her brain

bcWhat La Cieca (not pictured) doesn’t quite get is why Thomas Adès should spin his wheels so writing stuff like The Exterminating Angel, when so interesting an operatic topic as Barbara Cartland and her brain pills goes unset. Read more »

To my cher public

ciecaLa Cieca (pictured) begs your pardon for her unexplained absence from the site for the past several days. A little over-enthusiastic pre-Thanksgiving revelry seems to have brought on the mother of all autumn colds, so severe that finally, yesterday, your doyenne checked in with a a handy walk-in medical clinic where she was assured she was thankfully free of influenza. The long and the short of it is, I’m feeling much better now and looking forward to catching up with the news and gossip I hope you’ve been missing. Look for a fresh posting Sunday a.m.

Turban outfitter

turban“Ms. Netrebko is not the kind to wear sweatpants unless they are fancy, but her wardrobe and homes are an eclectic amalgam of high and low.” [New York Times]


Something that’s grim, something that’s Greek

Leoncavallo’s Edipo Re.

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Yannick Met

Climbing Up the Ass II: The Climbening

Incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin lavishes praise on former Met Music Director James Levine for actually doing his job, for once.

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Chat: Manon Lescaut

Get your faces on, cher public, for tonight’s chat during the season premiere of Manon Lescaut.

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Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t

Which two divine opera productions will make New York fans feel like they’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night when these stagings arrive here in the 2018-2019 season?

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Daughter of the Regiment

And let the voice of Justice bring relief

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes her curtain call.

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Leonie Rysanek

Singer from the dance

Unnatural Acts of Opera‘s podcast of Salome stars none other then Leonie Rysanek.

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Dacquoise, you come to me with naught save love

“And baking and icing…”

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