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  • La Cieca: Yeah, I kind of find the logic boggling here: either spend hundreds of millions of dollars and a... 12:15 PM
  • kashania: Gelb did not set out to create a “drab/boring” Hoffmann. Oh, but I thought that was precisely... 12:14 PM
  • kashania: Cocky: There is a very good reason why most N. American venues are too big for ideal acoustics and... 12:10 PM
  • figaroindy: Totally agree with Kashania and Cocky here…so, we reduce seats, selling fewer, which... 12:06 PM
  • phoenix: ‘Any young singer will do –’ for you, but not for everyone 11:56 AM
  • La Cieca: Which is why Gelb was foolish to substitute the current drab/boring Hoffman for the wonderful... 11:55 AM
  • kashania: LW: As I’ve already stated, the HD broadcasts turn a profit, so they are actually adding to... 11:54 AM
  • Archaeopteryx: I think the widening of the vibrato is a natural thing to her voice – it was rather... 11:54 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Well Bayreuth don’t have a great recent record of casting Eva – Amanda Mace... 11:52 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Thanks for clearing that one up, Kashania. I must say I have read the suggestion so many... 11:42 AM

Are you available for dancing in the streets and shouting from the housetops?

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All about Anna

Yes, yes, La Cieca realizes that parterre has gone “All Anna All the Time,” but, hey, she’s opening the Met season in a company premiere, plus we like her. Anyway, La Netrebko is profiled, covered, revealed, reported, what she eats and when and where, whom she knows and where she was and when and where she’s going—and besides that a teensy moment of tsurris with a corset, all in the Sunday Times cover story by Zachary Woolfe.

Like she was a play or a book or a set of blueprints

all_about_annaSo stop me if you’ve heard this one: a, shall we say, mature diva gets stranded in the snow, and in her place a substitute (carefully hidden, no doubt!) gives a performance! Out of nowhere – gives a performance!  Well, according to Intermezzo, life imitated art (and what better art to imitate than All About Eve?) earlier today, December 30, when a certain, shall we say, less mature diva jumped in for Manhattan-stranded Renée Fleming at the Staatskapelle Dresden’s annual concert on the German TV’s ZDF channel. [Intermezzo]

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Where the elite meet

La Cieca recalls the words of her old, old, old friend Eve Harrington: “In good conscience, I must give credit where credit is due.”  And far be it for La Cieca to begrudge her cher public something so freely given by Little Miss Evil.

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