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  • Camille: I just cannot get over how WELL; how inTUNE, and how Pankratova sings ALL the notes the Kundrys usually dodge out on! I have... 9:38 PM
  • armerjacquino: The last thirty seconds of that video have put a great big smile on my face. That’s how to do it. 8:49 PM
  • Camille: Vielen Dank, Jungferissima! We are taking a break from all that blabberblah at the DNC with Zweiter Akt of Parsifal for the... 8:44 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: At one of the two performances of the Castorf “Ring” which I attended, I was seated next to a very kind... 7:17 PM
  • lorenzo.venezia: I found it fitfully fascinating. My big objection was the way he consistently undermined the important moments with... 7:02 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I know they have made some changes to the Regie – is it still the inflatable swimming pool and... 6:34 PM
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  • Donna Anna: We were in Colorado when Cincinnati Opera offered Fidelio with Thomas as Florestan and Goerke as Leonora. The reports were on... 6:12 PM

If it quacks like a Lebrecht

It’s Logic 101, really: “Peter Gelb says opera in the United States is having trouble finding an audience. A single performance at the Mariinsky Opera last week sold out. Therefore, Peter Gelb is a liar.”

Gee, our old Chagalls hang great

It’s time to call out the canard again, a whole row of them in fact: a series of “What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?” editorials by “writer, speaker, consultant… compelling teacher…. [and] expert on everything Italian, the person other so-called Italy experts turn to for definitive information,” Fred Plotkin. Read more »

Enough with the whirling!

It’s time for lazy stage directors and lazy sopranos to find some other gesture besides the chain of clumsy pique turns (AKA “whirling”) that is the cliché go-to opera shorthand for “joy.” Nobody but drag queens actually twirl in real life, and they’re doing it ironically. Sopranos, take note that the waltz music the orchestra is playing doesn’t really exist in your character’s reality, so there’s no need to dance all the time, even if the director can’t come up with something interesting for you do do. And it looks just plain silly for a big middle-aged woman to go pirouetting around like some eight-year-old fairy princess. Stop whirling! Read more »

troll

Bridge over troubled writer

Ineffable Igor Toronyi-Lalic (pictured, right) either spouts a novel canard or perhaps just froths incoherently. La Cieca will let you be the judge.

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canards

Getting our canards in a row

“Masterpieces are not there to subvert; they are there to explore.”

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Cassoulet

Le droit du canard

Oh, we’ve a veritable stew of canards to feast upon this week, cher public, courtesy of our old friend Rupert Christiansen.

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birdie

Not canard, more loon

“More telephone ring tones come from Bizet’s Carmen that any other opera.”

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Scrooge-Porpoise

The Life and Death of Colonel Canard

La Cieca can’t even

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valerie

The tutti frutti canard

“An opera production should look the way the music sounds.” — Lady Valerie Solti

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one_note

Indeed a great chance to be a canard

“Verdi revered Shakespeare and would turn over in his grave.”

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