Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • "…and speaking of Halevy, this week’s “World of Opera”..." - operablogger
  • "Albanese and Milanov were MET regulars, especially during WW2 when the supply of..." - isoldit
  • "Sadly, I don’t think that career choice is even an option any more except..." - steveac10
  • "Amara, very much like Hong, chose to have a MET career instead of an international..." - isoldit
  • "No, for his high school newspaper. I missed this famous Brit-cast but was given my..." - Krunoslav
  • "Yes, I read this with great interest as these artists appear here frequently...." - chicagoing
  • "Thank you Kash. You’re always a class act. Sempre, sempre…" - Tubsinger
  • "A while back, I promised I would report on the Verdi REQUIEM with Amber Wagner,..." - kashania

All futures great and small

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists. For the finalists I’m sure the experience was nerve-wracking but it was heartwarming to see the huge cheering crowds for each finalist.   Read more »

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 »

Thanks a lot, but…

Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (not pictured) congratulates Countervail for the best attempt at identifying the “Brass Divas.” Read more »

masquerade-in-vienna

Fans de siècle

As if listening live to tonight’s gala Met premiere of Die Fledermaus were not frivolity sufficient unto the end of the calendar year, La Cieca and Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (pictured above, in no particular order) offer an alternative version of Strauss’s operetta for your amusement.

Read more »

robofleming

Dimples of iron

Well done, rgz: your Photoshop of the Guilty Pleasures CD cover was just exactly right!

Read more »

posa_quiz

No Posa ability

Not perhaps as enthusiastic a response as La Cieca might have liked to the recent Posa quiz, and no official winner.

Read more »

guilty

V for Violetta

ollowing La Cieca’s meager example above, the cher public are encouraged to devise images of album covers based on Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures CD.

Read more »

posa_quiz

Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public.

Read more »

littoral

Love letter in the sand

Well done, littoraldrift!

Read more »

richard_tucker

Tucker everlasting

Those dear, dear people over The Greene Space at WQXR would like you, cher public, to join them this Friday for a concert saluting this year’s winner of the Richard Tucker Award, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

Read more »