Cher Public

Ja, sah er Baden ahn der Ruf

davidLa Cieca’s nomination for Song of the Year 2016: an elaborate but hideously tasteless unintentional joke.  Read more »

All fall down

Autumn LeavesOur Own JJ has just filed a “Fall Preview” listicle for his beloved Observer detailing eight operatic events in the New York area this fall he most looks forward to. He coyly can’t reveal what they are since the piece will not be published until next month, but in the meantime, La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the autumn? And, of course, why?

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-2017 season!

The Met’s 2016-2017 season opens on September 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Trelinski, and starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton. The season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Read more »

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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When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.

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Ina moment now

La Cieca hears that soprano Pretty Yende, a standout Met debutante last season in Le Comte Ory, has signed with the company for for four roles over the next three years: Pamina and Lucia in 2014-2015, Adina in 2015-2016 and Rosina in 2016-2017.

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Gold standard

Like everyone else, La Cieca was watching Mad Men last night, and suddenly something clicked.

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From the House of Atreus

The team that made the Met’s 2009 production of From the House of the Dead one of the undisputed highlights of the Peter Gelb era will return five years from now to create a Richard Strauss tragedy.  According to Helsingin Sanomat, director Patrice Chéreau and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will collaborate on a new production of Elektra in 2016, to be shared between the Met and La Scala.

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