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Contes stop the music

Nous avons un poète étranger parmi nous.

Few operas present as complicated a musicological challenge as Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. “Trove Thursday” wades into these murky waters with a broadcast of the Michael Kaye/Jean-Christophe Keck edition (so I’m told) featuring Sonya Yoncheva, Michèle Losier, John Osborn, Laurent Naouri and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt with Marc Minkowski conducting his period-instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre.  Read more »

Who let the dogs out?

Norman Lebrecht, as is increasingly his wont, emitted a vicious racially-charged dog whistle this morning, and the mangiest curs on the internet (i.e., his commenters) immediately bared their teeth.  Read more »


Born on this day in 1763 composer Simon MayrRead more »

San Francisco, open your Rheingold gate

Casting the Ring as a parable for the state of the current world, seen through the eyes of a progressive urban opera lover (and not an early German nationalist), offers us soothing self-justification.

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Frappez toujours! Dieu choisira les siens!

On this day in 1855 Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes premiered in Paris.

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Cave dwellers

Composer/librettist David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf, which gave its world premiere in the Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs last weekend, is indeed a marvel of elfin proportions.

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True intentions

Born on this day in 1919 actress and theatre practitioner Uta Hagen.

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The sun shines nellie

Warmth, humor, and joyful out-and-proud-ness dominate the mood, yet there is considerable darkness in Taylor Mac’s view of both past and present.

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Everything’s coming up roses

Born on this day in 1864 composer Richard Strauss and in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens.

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From the vault

La Cieca is delighted to remind her cher public that the parterre YouTube page (called operazine) has been newly refurbished and updated.

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