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Cher Public

  • "“Passer pour un idiot aux yeux d’un imbécile est une volupté de fin..." - manou
  • "Got it chief. Opera is in no way connected with the real world. Those are the rules..." - redbear
  • "A socially relevant opera actually does exist! http://www.longbea chopera.org/201..." - redbear
  • "I bet they do a great Yvonne Loriod." - NPW-Paris
  • "Aaargh, Turangalila of course, sorry." - NPW-Paris
  • "Is this a thread for OT subjects? Getting ready to write up Wednesday̵..." - NPW-Paris
  • "Yes." - laddie
  • "oh my goodness poor Petersen. Well at least she got through the performance..." - antikitschychick

They’re only in it for the do

What with all the interest in the recent Rome performances of Aïda (and in part, at least, in Anja Harteros‘s approach to the high C in the Nile aria), La Cieca thought it would be fun to hear how some divas of the past and present have coped with that very challenging phrase. And, just for funsies, she decided to make it into a competition in which you can participate after the jump.   Read more »

City of night

Krzysztof Warlikowski‘s controversial production of Don Giovanni at La Monnaie is now streaming online. Read more »

He is a camera

One of the nicest of parterrians, coloraturafan has launched an exciting new video project and he could use a little help from you, the cher public. After the jump, an explanation and an appeal.   Read more »

Anna Netrebko

The seven percent solution

You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public.

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ladies

Femmes fatales

You’ve cast your votes for the operas you most look forward to hearing at the Met this fall, and if the opera has “Macbeth” in the title, you’re there.

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Listen like a pirate day

In honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to share reminiscences (and, where applicable, YouTube clips) of your favorite pirate recordings.

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Olivia

Luke swarm

La Cieca (pictured) fears that the parterre hive mind proved itself populated with more drones than workers this time around.

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Public in the Band

How cher the public

You know, the commenters at parterre.com (pictured) may get a bit testy from time to time, but at least nobody here says stuff like, oh, for example…

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Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years.

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Ambitious spirit

Never let it be said that La Cieca does not pamper her cher public. After the jump, and exclusively on the web, listen to the role debut of Anna Netrebko in Verdi’s Macbeth.

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