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  • DeepSouthSenior: If The Merry Widow is such a light-as-air, inconsequential bon-bon, then why waste so many... 4:15 PM
  • la vociaccia: I just listened to his Nessun Dorma. To be fair, Simon O’Neill has been “singing&... 4:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: That minute and a half contains better singing than the entirety of the Les Mis film. 4:02 PM
  • Krunoslav: I want to know when they don the Zeffirelli cow costumes. 3:59 PM
  • Cicciabella: Compared to this guy’s Otello, Botha’s Tristan will be a dream. I always enjoy his... 3:58 PM
  • armerjacquino: Three minutes of a dance routine in rehearsal clothes. ‘The worst the Met has ever... 3:56 PM
  • Buster: It looks and sounds provincial, and totally uninspired. I also would have believed Walloon Opera. 3:43 PM
  • basso profundo: I told you he was awful. I sat through a STAGED Otello with him once. truly terrible. Vocally... 3:34 PM
  • quibbleglib: I found Mariotti to be superb in Rigoletto two seasons ago as well. I heard the score in ways... 3:18 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Elktra could dance under the mistletoe and collapse from an overdose of eggnog. Driven to... 3:01 PM

Prognosis negative

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

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?”

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 after her debut?

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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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Fidelio

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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Blind as… an item

Which Tony and Emmy winner plans to max out his acting resume by appearing at the Met next season, though, oddly enough, not in Traviata?

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Nel mezzo del cammin

Congratulations to Isabel Leonard , not only the winner of the 2013 Richard Tucker award, but also the subject of a recent blind item on parterre box!

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