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  • PCally: This reminds you of De Neise?. Pretty harsh. De Neise has some major problems with both pitch and intonation and a her top gets... 7:22 PM
  • la vociaccia: is this representative of her singing? No. This is: httpv:// FFpzip-SZk DDN could never…. 7:13 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’ve never heard any Hannigan before. Is this representative of her singing? httpv://www.youtub 6:44 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: It isn’t about huge waves of sound – it’s about the voice being relaxed and free, whatever size and... 6:34 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well Cocky I think it’s a trade off — if didonato had been born with the ability to open her mouth and emit huge... 6:31 PM
  • PCally: I had referenced westbroek because she sang it at the met last season. 6:30 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: double wow. Barbara H. is a goddess. Lucky you! 6:25 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: PCally that’s my mistake about Westrboek in that case – I thought she hadn’t done the role in a long... 6:09 PM

Dream a little dream

On this day in 1898, Mascagni’s Iris premiered in Rome.   Read more »

Intruding in nudist parties in studios

On this day in 1620 the Plymouth Colony settlers signed the Mayflower Compact.  Read more »

The Rebirthening

Though the soi-disant “NYCO Renaissance” has not yet actually set dates for, you know, performances performed any opera, you will be happy to note that on November 30 you’ll have the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for the troupe—at a $250 top.  Read more »

Never on Sunday

Something to do after brunch

La Cieca hears that Peter Gelb and representatives of the Met’s various unions (not pictured) have begun preliminary plans for adding regular Sunday performances to the company’s schedule.

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Devil may care

On this day in 1901 Jules Massenet’s “conte lyrique” Grisélidis premiered at the Opéra-Comique.

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Herheim Figaro

Hast’ ein Stückerl Notenpapier?

This new production of Le nozze di Figaro by Stefan Herheim looks seriously fabulous.

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Does anyone still wear a hat


Roberto De Biasio and Gwyn Hughes Jones will sing Pinkerton in the initial performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Met this spring.

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To the Max

For the second time in two years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s best countertenors in concert.

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Merry Widow

Where have all the bubbles gone?

As a whole, the evening seemed forced and a bit dispiriting.

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Eve of destruction

Mounting Verdi’s French grand operas in their original language is no longer as unusual as it once was.

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