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  • operaassport: Ivy hits the nail on the head once again with a perfect review that encapsulates the... 7:15 AM
  • Rowna: What a great review, Poison Ivy. You filled in all the blanks for me. I listened to it over the... 6:59 AM
  • armerjacquino: I’d be careful of chucking words like ‘fact’ around after any review… 6:58 AM
  • mercadante: Which is no problem if you’re actually DOING something in front of those sets. Ivy is... 6:54 AM
  • oedipe: Reminds me of the Met attempt on Il pirata back in 2002, which for no good reason at all was updated... 6:07 AM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: It’s all pastel-colored painted backdrops, a quaintly picturesque castle, and costumes... 5:46 AM
  • e-Straniera: The director of I Puritani from Essen is… Stefan Herheim. 5:46 AM
  • Cicciabella: Here’s Opolais singing Mozart. Granted, not the easiest aria to pull off, but when is... 3:44 AM
  • ilpenedelmiocor: In other news, related to jrance’s comment above, there is something of an... 3:12 AM
  • Poison Ivy: On the opera stage. He spent most of his career as a concert singer. 2:05 AM

Teen spirit

Now that the Met’s 2013-2014 season has been published and almost immediately discussed to death, La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what lies ahead as we approach the middle of the decade. An assemblage of gossip and guesswork about the 2014-2015 season follows the jump, and won’t it be fun to look back on this post next February when the official announcement is made? Read more »

The baroque mullet

Separated at birth seducers “The Duelling Dons” demonstrate what the aristocratic redneck of the XVIII century will be wearing.

Ye gods!

La Cieca has just learned that Bryn Terfel will sing the role of Scarpia for this evening’s performance of Tosca,replacing James Morris, who is ill and withdrew early this afternoon. Terfel, who is of course in the city rehearsing the Met’s new production of Die Walküre, was in the audience for this afternoon’s performance of Wozzeck, where Met management found him during a scene change. According to the Met’s press office, he “immediately agreed to sing the role and left the Met for his apartment with a score of Tosca in hand  to prepare for tonight’s performance.”

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Immer ist Undank Fartnoses Lohn!

La Cieca’s newest and nicest trickster god Fartnose McGoo (pictured) attended a lecture at the Met tonight introducing the new production of Das Rheingold. After the jump, some of his observations.

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Nun zäume dein Ross!

When Peter Gelb really wants an artist at the Met, he pulls out all the stops. La Cieca hears that Bryn Terfel, on his way back to New York after a brief visit with his family back in Wales, arrived at the airport in the UK this morning only to discover he left his passport and work visa behind in NYC before the trip. The Met honcho, our informant whispers, dispatched a Met staffer to fly to Manchester tonight with Bryn’s passport so that she can hand it to him in person, tomorrow morning. Terfel should be in place for [...]

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