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  • Porgy Amor: I’ve only seen Shicoff in one production of it, the Carsen on DVD, but he is wonderful there. That is my favorite... 4:28 AM
  • le cerf agile: Oh my… Thank you for the recommendation: after a 12-hour day at work, that closed captioning really was a true... 11:16 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Königskinder, sumptuous score. 9:58 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Yes, true! One can’t imagine such spritely madrileña favorites as “Ella giammai m’amo” keeping their... 9:47 PM
  • gustave of montreal: those who are time-challenged and/or want to test-drive ? ? ? what does that mean in plain English ???? 9:41 PM
  • Stefan: I definitely agree with the earlier comment that said “There’s no such thing as bad regie, just regie you don’t yet understand.” I... 9:20 PM
  • Batty Masetto: For true delight, turn on closed captioning for this. (Best if you know some French.) Better than Google translate. 9:13 PM
  • la vociaccia: I have no words. How someone who would say something like that ever found himself in opera is fucking beyond me. I mean. Wow 7:48 PM

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La Cieca is positively brimming with excitement to bring you an exclusive interview with @FakeNLebrecht, connoisseur of sick notes, writer of fiction and obituaries.   Read more »

You stepped out of a dream

One of opera’s great “what ifs?” is what would young Erich Wolfgang Korngold have contributed to the repertoire had the likes of The Adventures of Robin Hood (which is a damned great score and won him an Oscar, by the way) not beckoned him to Hollywood? At least we have Die tote Stadt (composed when he was 23) to set our imaginations aflame. Read more »

Junk science

On this day in 1853 the first potato chips were prepared by chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY.   Read more »

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Shave and a haircut

It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there? 

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Nicholas Clay

Do you like movies about gladiators?

On this day in 1834 Mount Vesuvius erupted.

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Noel Coward

This is the end of the news

On this day in 1945 Noel Coward‘s revue Sigh No More premiered in London.

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Farrar Butterfly

A beautiful vision

“She sounds the note of deep pathos in both action and song convincingly, and last night won the tribute of tears from many eyes.”

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Baker

Sea-sound, like violins

Happy 81st birthday mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker.

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“That goes without saying”

“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.”

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Jamie Barton

Leave it to Jane

Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

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