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  • oedipe: For Domingo it’s much quicker to list the roles he did NOT sing. 5:07 PM
  • steveac10: I love the fact that after Brynner’s uber-macho “I’ll enjoy it and don’t... 5:04 PM
  • phoenix: http://tinyurl.com /m4omfcv 4:52 PM
  • rapt: Tucker sang Calaf, too. 4:47 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Vickers sang Handel’s SAMSON at the Met and the Messiah on record (that very... 4:20 PM
  • papopera: not “prince̶ 1; Alexeï but tsarevitch or cesarevitch, or czarevitch Alexeï 4:07 PM
  • Batty Masetto: My hubby has a bad cold and has been doing the same thing. 3:34 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I also love the thunderous line “God opens the sea with the blast of his nostrils!!!!... 3:14 PM
  • Etardi: The gobsmacking dialogue in Ten Commandments doesn’t let up for a second. One of the best... 3:03 PM
  • Buster: Amazing, what a beautiful woman Flagstad was, and so much fun, too, surpisingly. What a pity that... 2:48 PM

Spring will be a little late this year

La bohème  is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating, those meetups where you sit down with a person for five minutes, and decide whether there’s anything. If there is, voilà. If there isn’t, next!   Read more »

Blessings counted

On the rare occasions when La Cieca has an issue with a commenter or commenters on this site, she has only to remind herself that things could be a whole lot worse.

The opposite of canard is truth

“Is Parsifal, then, a religious artwork, or is it a work ‘about’ religion? Unsurprisingly, the answer turns out to be: both. More profoundly, however, the very material of Wagner’s drama may be understood to lie in exploring the relationship between the two tendencies.” This week, an anti-canard: words of wisdom from the always fascinating Boulezian.

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Don’t be defeatist, dear

“After attending the dress rehearsal in London I wrote the following to Mr Carsen to give him the opportunity to make changes.”

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Equal temperament

On the occasion of “the greatest party for Classical Music on the planet,” the Last Night of the Proms, mezzo Joyce DiDonato quietly (but audibly) takes a stand for equality.

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Transparency

Opera Teen (pictured, second from left) is not kidding us: he had an interview with Peter Gelb.

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Kaufmänner

“Taking the libretto’s description of ‘panther-like’ literally, Bacchus appears in a shiny leopard-print suit…”

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Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history.

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Aftermath

“Aus den Trümmern der zusammengestürzten Halle sehen die Männer und Frauen in höchster Ergriffenheit dem wachsenden Feuerschein am Himmel zu.”

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Petered out

Daniel Wakin reports that “WQXR pulled a blog posting critical of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle last month after the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, personally complained to the radio station’s top executive…”

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