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  • Bill: It should be mentioned that when this Vienna Rigoletto new-production was originally scheduled with... 9:14 PM

Bomp in the night

Those among you, cher public, who are fans of Frank Zappa, Giorgio Moroder and/or Karlheinz Stockhausen (and I believe very few of you are excluded from that number) will be delighted to hear the first single by MU, “The Bomp Bomp Song” is now available for download from CD Baby. (MU, La Cieca should mention, was an early supporter of parterre box in itx zineish, or zenith, format, and remains an avid reader.)

City of dreams

With issue #42a, “City of Dreams,” parterre box the queer opera zine returned at least temporarily to a rational numbering system. Somewhat less than rational, however, were that issue’s contents: La Cieca delights in Der Ring Gott Farblonjet at Show World; Manuela Haltertop thickens the plot of “All About Steve”; Dr. Repertoire answers in exhaustive depth questions from the cher public; John Yohalem introduces us to the concept of “Shamanic Opera-going”; and we hear reports of performances from Vienna to San Francisco courtesy of Dawn Fatale, Fils de Brahma and Gertie Dammerung. [Download Issue #42a]

Who else?

As we all agree, Robert Rattray (pictured) is eminently qualified for his new position as the Met’s assistant general manager for artistic affairs, as much for his long experience in artist management as for the lucky accident of geography which places Great Britain roughly equidistant between North America and Europe. But La Cieca wonders who else might have  been up for the job, but fell by the wayside for reasons of weak résumé or unfashionable address. Read more »

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Don’t bother with a rewrite

La Cieca’s operative deep in the bowels of the Josie Robertson Plaza has just informed her that the announcement of the Met’s 2014-2015 season is now less than two weeks away.

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What we read

A quick review of statistics for 2013 reveals your top ten favorite parterre pages for the year, cher public.

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“Say, what’s in this drink?”

Given the no-show of Anna Netrebko at the final dress rehearsal of L’elisir d’amore, the recent rift in the Netrebko-Schrott household and this insane weather, La Cieca thinks it’s time for the hive mind to decide who’s singing Adina at the Met on Thursday night.

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Blessings counted

On the rare occasions when La Cieca has an issue with a commenter or commenters on this site, she has only to remind herself that things could be a whole lot worse.

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Weekend in München

“Now, my trip to Munich has been cancelled and I am hoping to be able resell the tickets at face value.”

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Towards zero

Our Own JJ (not pictured) counts down his 10 favorite New York opera performances of 2013 in the New York Observer.

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Yule, never walk alone

Just in time for the holidays, La Cieca has flung open the doors of her Shoppe of Holiday Delights!

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