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  • m. croche: Perhaps we can stipulate that it is always harder to do something convincingly than to do... 12:20 AM
  • Batty Masetto: If this was supposed to be about iconoclasm, Barry has an odd way of explaining it. The... 12:18 AM
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  • Camille: Just back from the Lucia. No fooling at all, a beautiful representation of the role of Edgardo. The... 11:54 PM
  • Belfagor: Well it is much easier to smash something down than to build something convincingly new. It... 11:51 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Well, the thing about Garanca — however she comes off as Carmen or Charlotte or whatever... 11:38 PM
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Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots with Elina Garanca (presumably as Valentine), Bryan Hymel (Raoul) and Diana Damrau (not pictured) as the Queen. No word yet on which role Christine Rice will be assigned.

Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track! And wasn’t I relieved that I wasn’t going to have to sit through an ad hoc francophile singing competition:  anything you can sing I can sing sweeter or higher or louder.

These two discs actually serve as almost perfect complements to each other since they show their performers in a flattering light, with both tenors offering skillful and distinctive interpretations of the arias included. Read more »

Let’s make it regal

Having heard a bit of the opening night broadcast and read some decidedly mixed reviews, I was totally unprepared for the remarkable performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena that I attended on December 15 at Chicago Lyric Opera.  Read more »

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Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times.

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Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the Met’s opening night of the 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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B. F. deal

Tenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer.

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Bean counter

Another season opens this weekend, the much-admired series of livestreams from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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A Faustian bargain

What we have here is the grandest opera never heard.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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