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  • Feldmarschallin: Well I will be in the lines for the third and fourth as well. Will you be at one of those? 7:11 AM
  • ML: tote 7:06 AM
  • ML: I remember Die Tote Stadt at the Dorothy Buffum years back, when Hollreiser conducted Karan Armstrong... 7:04 AM
  • ML: One would certainly think so! Feld, thank you again for offering to ease the pain on Friday morning, but... 7:02 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.volksbu ehne-berlin.de/pra xis/meistersinger/ Here a Meistersinger with Castorf... 6:43 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: No I understand that they need time for the replacement but would think that they would take... 6:06 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I know that the head of the press office at the “Wiener Oper” has... 6:02 AM
  • manou: Dear croche – I am completely overwhelmed by all this information! I have transmitted it to... 5:22 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well the Wiener Oper doesn’t seem to update their website very often. Just checked to... 5:18 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Whenever I see a staged mad scene it always occurs to me that these directors or... 5:15 AM

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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