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  • umangialaio: http://www.mediafi re.com/download/d6 x54314cda0bih/Aida _S_Cecilia_2015_02 _27.rar U 9:49 AM
  • Krunoslav: I meant Elias’ AMNERIS, not Carmen ( to which, yes, her vocal size fitted her better). 9:42 AM
  • kennedet: I’m sorry to tell you this redbear, but I am an “old people talking on this... 9:20 AM
  • Krunoslav: Agree that the Baltsa Met Carmen was pretty vile– the timbre had developed in an ugly... 9:09 AM
  • pasavant: Funny, without being vulgar. 8:43 AM
  • Krunoslav: I heard Baltsa twice at the Met in a role i was used to Troyanos in, Octavian, and would not have... 8:40 AM
  • Bill: Marshie – although I have seen Garanca numerous times, in general, not in roles where she was... 8:23 AM
  • Krunoslav: And btw AMICO FRITZ dates from 1891 and was in Hamburg by 1892; Strauss could well have heard it... 8:18 AM
  • Krunoslav: GUNTRAM was indeed very fine. Owens is a real find for Strauss and light Wagner roles, though she... 8:14 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I agree. I have seen Kaufmann in: Die Walkure Parsifal Werther (twice) Faust) Adriana Lecouvreur... 8:10 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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