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  • Krunoslav: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=bWK4 zsTacTU https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=y2DK I2iQMfI 1:08 AM
  • Krunoslav: “check out who this Mafalda Favero gurl was” httpsv://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=... 1:07 AM
  • La Cieca: Well, no, I assume Favero would have had at least some further Met career. But factually speaking,... 1:01 AM
  • Andie Musique: Madame Butterfly, New York City Opera, March 2010! 12:43 AM
  • m. croche: My memory could be off, but I’m pretty sure the comments about the Prince Igor poppies were... 12:32 AM
  • antikitschychick: stunning duet: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=cAEN NQPorRc :-P 12:10 AM
  • antikitschychick: yes it was, mostly because she’s trying to hold back the voice and sing how she used... 11:50 PM
  • Krunoslav: http://tinyurl.com /nd6c8ss 11:49 PM
  • antikitschychick: “I honestly don’t see why anyone would want to run the Met: you get nothing but... 11:47 PM
  • Krunoslav: Not allowed out by the Italian government, that is. Some of the Rasponi ladies talk about this... 11:44 PM

Trigger warning

The Rape of Lucretia, now (through Sunday) enjoying a superb three-performance run at the Juilliard Opera’s Willson Theater (tickets are scarce; hie thee to the waiting list), was Benjamin Britten’s third opera and first “chamber opera,” composed for the tiny original theater at Glyndebourne. As chamber opera was to prove a Britten specialty, it draws one’s particular interest.  Read more »

The galley that is called Despair

On this day in 1914 Riccardo Zandonai‘s Francesca da Rimini premiered in Turin. Read more »

String of pearls: the Met’s 2015-2016 season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-16 season will present 227 opera performances in a varied repertory, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites.   Read more »

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Whoever she is

On this day in 1930 Luigi Pirandello‘s Come Tu Mi Vuoi premiered in Milan.

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Met Season

Ebben… domani

The Met announces its 2015-2016 season tomorrow at 1:00 PM, cher public, and La Cieca knows you will all be here to discuss and dissect

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One for the woad

Ellen Douglas finds herself in Act II of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the far from unusual operatic position of having her love claimed by two impassioned tenors in the bel canto version of a macho drag race.

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Tsar quality

On this day in 1598 Boris Godunov was chosen tsar of Russia.

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Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional.

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Star, crossed

The key to enjoying Bellini’s I Capuleti e Montechi is to do a hard factory reset and reformat your brain to forget all other works based on Romeo and Juliet.

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Be my guest!

James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.

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