With due deference to the superb repast devised by Our Own M. Croche, the clear winner of the “Dinner for Schmuck” competition is DharmaBray‘s succulent menu. Congratulations to all our amateur (but never amateurish) maîtres d’hôtel for their food/music pairing suggestions!
In celebration of the impending retirement of San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley, La Cieca proposes a late summer competition, with a first prize of not having dinner with San Francisco Opera’s head honcho David Gockley. Read more »
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
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.
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.
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.
Well done, rgz: your Photoshop of the Guilty Pleasures CD cover was just exactly right!