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Gone girl

mirror-manonSir Richard Eyre’s puzzling production of Manon Lescaut returned to the Met last night, following last season’s premiere in February. Its  concept, which updates the novel’s 18th century time frame to 1940s France, continues to remain elusive and frustrating. And yet, despite this unsatisfying aspect, the evening was redeemed through the sheer star wattage of Anna Netrebko—whose Manon was deeply unforgettable for its wide scope, control, and incredible virtuosity.  Read more »

Straniero, ascolta!

Turandot-NetrebkoDue to a complaint by Universal Music Group/DG, La Cieca has had to remove the music track of “In questa reggia” from our site. A substitute track is available on Spotify.

Tucker everlasting

TamaraThe Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala promises (note, promises) a particularly glittery roster this year: Jamie Barton, Javier Camarena, Joyce DiDonato, Yusif Eyvazov, Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Nadine Sierra, Bryn Terfel and of course the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner Tamara Wilson!

Chained melody

La Cieca’s spies in Dresden report that there were HD cameras aplenty in the Semperoper at Wednesday night’s performance of Lohengrin.

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Have you seen the proconsul?

La Cieca hears that Joseph Calleja will sing Pollione opposite the Norma of Anna Netrebko at the Met for opening night 2017.

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Two and only

Anna Netrebko and Latonia Moore (pictured) rekindle “The Grand Opera Buzz.”

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Alma costanza

“The Met also said a new production of Bellini’s Norma with Anna Netrebko and Joyce DiDonato will open the 2017-18 season.”

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Il core vi dono

With February 14th falling on a Sunday, there will be no Valentine’s Day Met performance this year.

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Ah, cruel! La bronchite s’accompagne d’une toux profonde!

“Madame Anna Netrebko, souffrant d’une bronchite aiguë, ne sera pas en mesure d’assurer le rôle de Leonora pour la représentation du spectacle Il Trovatore ce jeudi 11 février.

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Ice ice baby

Now, understand, this is the snippiest of snippets, but it is indeed the first hint of Anna Netrebko‘s Turandot!

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