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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: That’s so sweet of you Camille. I really would like to meet you someday. I hope someone posts the video of the... 3:52 AM
  • overstimmelated: P.S. In any case, it would be interesting to know why Maestro Luisi withdrew from the original production. Something... 3:16 AM
  • antikitschychick: Oy vey the break in that extremely long paragraph about SY was a fail; perhaps La Cieca can kindly assist and edit it... 3:09 AM
  • overstimmelated: But what if an irreconcilable disagreement arose in rehearsals over the placement of the prompter’s box (as in last... 3:02 AM
  • antikitschychick: (short) addendum: I forgot to mention that the second disappointment was that the chorus during the Misere sounded... 2:26 AM
  • antikitschychick: The second performance was the opening night of Il Trovatore featuring the same cast as today’s HD… This was... 2:13 AM
  • La Cieca: I get the feeling sometimes that certain stars when they find themselves in poorish vehicles get the idea that if they just push... 1:35 AM
  • Rosemont: There was a fellow in my theater today loudly telling his companion re Dima: “He is dying, he is dying. This is the last... 1:31 AM

I just don’t see it

Which soprano, whose lovely voice and charming stage presence should make her worth her weight in gold, is not being asked back to an opera company where she’s had great success? Is it because she’s developed a reputation for being difficult?

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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