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Cher Public

  • PCally: Moore was excellent and had a super high c. But I think Harteros has the more distinct voice and... 11:21 AM
  • Archaeopteryx: Don’t know about his Radames, but Kunde was an excellent Manrico at the Fenice last... 11:19 AM
  • aulus agerius: I don’t hear Margaret or Leontyne in there. But there do seem to be a lot of dead... 11:17 AM
  • perfidia: Price? 10:50 AM
  • aulus agerius: I don’t ‘know’ any of them except Caballe. My favorites are 17 (Milanov?)... 10:41 AM
  • Poison Ivy: So here you go. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=rs5n -U7t61I 10:38 AM
  • aulus agerius: I did not hear Harteros’ as that bad – certainly not like a cat with it’s... 10:23 AM
  • Krunoslav: Any selection omitting Hammond and Rutter is not worth one’s time. 10:18 AM
  • pavel: Listening to all those clips just makes me wonder: is there anyone who does not come off the rails a... 10:17 AM
  • m. croche: Happy Birthday to Alexander Goedicke. Natasha’s Romance from “At the CrossroadsR... 10:16 AM

Getting and spending

La Cieca is sure that the cher public (pictured), just like all other red-blooded Americans or foreign nationals, will spend the day today doing their “Cyber Monday” shopping. Your doyenne recommends you peruse Amazon for your general needs and, for live recordings, Opera Depot, who are offering a whopping 60% discount on their entire collection for today only.

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself. In comparison to earlier masters of this material, she sounds less abstractly ‘divine’ and more approachably human.” Our Own JJ reviews the massive collection Maria Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969) for his regular column in the New York Observer.

Shopping season

After a long summer drought, suddenly new Blu-ray and DVD releases are falling, as it were, from the sky. La Cieca invites the cher public to peruse a gaggle of operatic offerings after the jump. Read more »

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Past perfect

With much laying-on of fanfares and gift boxes our friends at Decca Classics have unleashed Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1: The First Decade on a weary and satiated public.

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Yule, never walk alone

Just in time for the holidays, La Cieca has flung open the doors of her Shoppe of Holiday Delights!

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The meme that wouldn’t die

La Cieca (pictured, lower right) has had time on her hands and access to Photoshop, a lethal combination—especially the day the new Anna Netrebko Verdi album cover has been leaked.

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Forse, forse

Well done, you listeners to Mozart tidbits and participants in the “Non mi dir” competition.

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Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.

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Enchanted April

You don’t have to be Quechua to enjoy some of the outstanding CDs and DVDs to be released this month, but it can’t hurt.

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Zukunftsmiausik

Leave it to a cat to transform a Wagner festival into the Jellicle Ball.

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