Cher Public

Gray lady

Denigrating myths about opera abound, but one of the most enduring is the myth that Der Rosenkavalier is about an aging woman who must graciously renounce sexual love, leaving it to the young. (Photo: Ken Howard)

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 shorthand for “joy.”

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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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Getting our canards in a row

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

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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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Not canard, more loon

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

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The Life and Death of Colonel Canard

La Cieca can’t even

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The tutti frutti canard

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

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