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  • Lohenfal: Liebster MMII, thanks for the review. Your words are very encouraging, since I’m scheduled to see Opolais/Alagna in... 12:32 AM
  • Lankin: “Because a round table with Anne Midgette in the Washington Post, for the consumption of the predominantly-whit e patrons... 12:27 AM
  • marshiemarkII: Yes exactly carisssimo SF Guy!, you see carisssima Porgy poor MMII still has her marbles fairly intact after all :lol: 11:43 PM
  • marshiemarkII: And while I am at it, the whole cast is actually incredible down to the smallest roles. British import Sherratt (yes... 11:41 PM
  • SF Guy: Could this be it? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=X9Gi gwXQlK4 11:40 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Yes it was Opolais, if I remember correctly it was a concert version somewhere in the east block (maybe Russia?), and I... 11:09 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thanks for the report, marshie, but are you sure about seeing Opolais in YouTube of Don Carlo? I don’t think she has... 11:04 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Well gurls and assorted Qs, just passing by for a quick visit, but I didn’t want to leave the Qs wondering about how the... 10:53 PM

I don’t sleep, I dream

The dramatic action of La Sonnambula is delicate as a holiday ornament of filigree glass, and its semiseria naiveté may puzzle a modern public. Staging it is an awkward matter at best, as the recent Met production demonstrated: How can you update a tale of Swiss rustics who refuse to believe in sleepwalkers but insist passionately on the reality of ghosts, virgin brides and honorable noblemen?  Read more »

Dangerous liaisons

There was a certain frisson in the air entering Chicago Lyric Opera last night, and not just in anticipation of attending the world premiere of a new work by Jimmy Lopez (music) and Nilo Cruz (libretto), Bel Canto.  Particularly for those who read Ann Patchett’s splendid novel on which the opera is based, there was a certain sense of danger at attending an opera about a terrorist attack and hostage-taking.   Read more »

“Let her go!”

La Cieca hears that Lyric Opera of Chicago is so confident about the success of their impending world premiere of the opera Bel Canto that the company has already commissioned a sequel from the same creative team. In this new work, entitled Can Belto, a group of terrorists kidnap Broadway diva Idina Menzel. Says Lyric’s creative consultant Renée Fleming, “This is a more lighthearted piece, suggested by the classic O. Henry tale “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

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Don’t axe me why

The Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.

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Liebestraum

“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”

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You don’t have to be Druids to love it

“The Met’s production, originally directed by John Copley, is still a hideous, confusing mess. But with Ms. Meade and Ms. Barton acting with moving subtlety, singing generously and feeling deeply, it was hard to care.”

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Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes.

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Sediziose voci

La Cieca (not pictured) returns to the chat room tonight, cher public, on the occasion of the broadcast of Norma from the Met starting at 7:25 PM.

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Racing with the moon

For better or worse, Decca’s new Norma recording will ultimately be embraced—or dismissed—by those reacting directly to Cecilia Bartoli’s controversial portrayal.

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Bea in the bonnet

Everyone who revives Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, as the Collegiate Chorale did at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, calls the piece an “overlooked masterpiece.”

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