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Cher Public

  • "The relevance of opera to modern life is discussed here pretty much daily." - armerjacquino
  • "You mean the exclusion that found Sellars directing NIXON IN CHINA at the Met,..." - Krunoslav
  • "Oops.. It was actually the Cosi Malibu beach house… Bill Christie conducted." - redbear
  • "Exactly. The American opera establishment̵ 7;s exclusion of one of their most..." - redbear
  • "It seems as though redbear has forgotten that opera also has a long, long..." - Batty Masetto
  • "Quote from Alex Olie of LA Fura dels Baus who staged the Lyon Dutchman last year:..." - redbear
  • "I think the issue that La C is talking about is not really something the Met has..." - Poison Ivy
  • "The Michael Haneke production of Don Giovanni in Paris, revived regularly, has..." - Henry Holland

One final glimpse

Which age-appropriate role will serve as the vehicle the return of a veteran diva to the New York stage for the first time this century? Since this performance will also serve as the farewell of another legendary opera lady, let us hope the audience will be lively, but not ungrateful.

Kingdom of the blind item

If there is truth in this rumor, which New York opera company will attempt a renaissance this summer spring with a revival of an operatic rarity, though likely without the magnificent cast the conductor assembled for his recent recording of the same work?  UPDATE: Yes, there is truth in this rumor, not that OONY is going to allow the secret to escape that they are actually going to have a season this year.

Prognosis negative

Which opera rag has just done away with its new publisher, less than three months after a much-publicized hire?

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Something unseen

Which resurgent maestro’s instructions to the musical staff have rung out clear as a bell: “Can’t stand those operas you’ve programmed in my absence, so get them off the future schedule?”

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Blind leap

Which much-disliked diva at the Met will be replaced for the 2017 New Year’s Eve gala, repaid thus after only eight seasons on the roster?

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Blind spot

Which honcho in the Met’s administration is retiring this spring, leaving a major gap in the chain of command?

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Von Kopf bis Fuss

La Cieca is happy to present the following readymade blind item.

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O blind item!

Ask not which soprano just canceled her only remaining opera gig for the year; ask whether the blue gown will fit her replacement.

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Something unseen

Which opera company has informed a budding composer they are willing to add his new opera to their repertoire for next season… so long as said composer can kick in the estimated $2 million it would cost to present his work?

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In the kingdom of the blind

Which veteran artist delivers doubly sad news this week, canceling an opera that was written for her?

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