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  • Don_Dano: Does anyone have problems with the Metropolitan Opera being able to process corporate matching gifts. Each year, I make a... 7:58 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There is absolutely NO official rule at Bayreuth about not applauding at the end of Act I of... 7:41 PM
  • brackweaver: This is the clearest summary of the plot I’ve encountered. Too bad it is such a mess. Mascagni’s operas have so... 7:36 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Bi “Yes!’ to La Cieca ond Ivy. Standing at Messiah? Precious. 7:10 PM
  • Operngasse: Dear JML, Many thanks for posting this. I was lucky to have heard Astrid Varnay near the end of her career in Elektra and she... 6:44 PM
  • PCally: LOVE her Färberin, even finer than Ludwig, her only rival in the role at the time. 6:30 PM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Mostly Mozart program for tonight looks fun. Christine Goerke doing D’Oreste, d’Aiace among other things:... 6:27 PM
  • Krunoslav: Great cast. Am I the only one who expected from the original buzz that this would be concert arias and arias from the much less... 6:20 PM

What a tale could be told

mccartyOn this day in 1949 Miss Liberty opened at the Imperial Theater, to run 308 performances.  Read more »

Woman behind bars

PaerAt the end of July the Caramoor Festival will present Fidelio, one of my favorite operas and one which has been absent from the Met for over a decade (although it returns next spring.) “Trove Thursday” over the next weeks presents two works deeply connected to Beethoven’s moving masterpiece: first, Ferdinando Paër’s 1804 Leonora ossia L’Amore coniugale conducted by its great champion Peter Maag and featuring Ursula Koszut, Krisztina Laki and Renzo CasellatoRead more »

Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

MarianneHappy Bastille Day!  Read more »


And the award goes to…

On this day in 1668 Antonio Cesti‘s opera Il pomo d’oro premiered in Vienna.

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Hidden Magic

And now a word from our sponsor

La Cieca sends kudos our most faithful benefactors.

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“I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man”

On this day in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton died after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.

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Biblical sense

Shirley Verrett remains one of my all-time favorite artists, and I am pleased to introduce her to my Mixcloud site in one of her parade roles: the femme fatale in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.

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Northern light

Happy 92nd birthday tenor Nicolai Gedda.

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Maralin Niska 1926-2016

Soprano Maralin Niska, a mainstay of New York City Opera and America’s regional opera companies from the 1960s through the 1980s, died at her home in Santa Fe yesterday.

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Jonas Kaufmann

Gut’ Bess’rung dem Meister!

Happy 47th birthday and get well soon tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

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