Headshot of La Cieca

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  • operadunce: They probably didn’t do much waltzing down on the farm in Pontevedro. :) 4:14 AM
  • Cicciabella: Brilliant, m.croche! I wonder how many critics actually look at the score before they write a... 4:08 AM
  • m. croche: The fairly strict, unvarying meter does indeed create a distancing effect – a big step away... 2:48 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=2SZs xTBCzoA ATTENZIONE!!!! Today Anna and Piotr called La Cieca and... 2:18 AM
  • La Cieca: I may be wrong about this as I have no Hungarian at all, but the use of this meter with its... 2:10 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=mn0T fE1Hewc O must be losing it!!! Here I am thinking of... 1:57 AM
  • Bill: Marika Oszvald – sorry for incorrect spelling above. I met her a couple of years ago after a... 12:18 AM
  • Satisfied: Missed the “relevant thread.” And even if so, does it really matter that it was... 12:09 AM
  • Bill: It looks to be Marika Osvold – a legendary Soubrette in Budapest (she was always doing... 11:57 PM
  • m. croche: Ah, well you see the meter of Hiawatha and Bluebeard all have their roots in the ancient... 11:40 PM

Alt folks at home

Operamission, a scrappy little company that performs music from all sorts of eras and styles in venues all over town, is in fact its Kapellmeisterin, Jennifer Peterson. Her latest brainstorm was to give A Countertenor Cabaret, starring no fewer than 14 of these once-rare songbirds, in the cabaret space of the Duplex on Sheridan Square, and to live-stream the entire event, with translations of the remarkably varied musical fare.   Read more »

Ufa the top

Here’s the winners of the Ildar Abdrazkov Quiz, Bluebeard and Krunoslav!   Read more »

Pazzo son, guardate!

Manon Lescaut was Giacomo Puccini’s first big international success. His publisher, Giulio Ricordi, tried to put him off the project by citing Jules Massenet’s very successful adaptation just nine years previously. Puccini was intent on making the story his own, insisting, “A woman like Manon can have more than one lover… I shall feel it like an Italian, with desperate passion.” Desperation is certainly the feeling this reviewer got from a new recording of Manon Lescaut from our friends at Decca Classics, but I’m also quite certain it’s not the same type that the Maestro had for his subject. Read more »

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On this thousandth day

On this day in 1533 Henry VIII of England secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn.

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Torch Song

Feel the burn

Not only are our friends at Opera Depot burning up the internet with a one-day sale on their entire collection at 60% off, they’re also offering a free download of 15 different versions of the complete Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung.

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Caligula

Vivo!

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Triple threat

Happy 82nd birthday to American actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera.

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unemployed

The cycle of poverty

“The board of the bankrupt New York City Opera says it wants to sell its name and other assets to the bidder whose offer is lower than the competing bid.”

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Can of worms

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