Cher Public

Looking daggers

On this day in 1911 Victor Herbert‘s opera Natoma premiered in Philadelphia.  Read more »

Broadcast: La traviata

La Cieca invites the cher public (pictured, you do the math) to discuss tonight’s broadcast of La traviata from the Met, starting at 7:25 PM.

Wig schlock

Despite the participation of venerable composer Carlisle Floyd, the only distinction Prince of Players can claim is as the worst drag show in Manhattan. [Observer]

I’ve never seen one as big as that before

The ineffable Fred Plotkin explains why, so far as he’s concerned, size doesn’t matter.

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La mia voce tuonerà

Happy 83rd birthday soprano Renata Scotto.

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Conquering hero

Today is Handel’s 332nd birthday and “Trove Thursday” celebrates with a rare live broadcast of his best-known opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

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Levine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

“How many years can you ask your subscribers to see the same production?”

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Reine par l’amour de ses sujets heureux!

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Régine Crespin.

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Dancing lady

I entered the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night for LA Opera’s 30 year old revival of their production of Salome with a combination of enthusiasm and apprehension.

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Devil may not care

The subject of timidity has been in my thoughts in these waning days of February 2017. One would almost think there had been some big announcement recently, preceded by a series of smaller ones, to turn a U.S.-based opera fan’s thoughts in this direction. 

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