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  • steveac10: That is far from a valid comparison. The dramatic side of the opera is part and parcel of an... 9:16 PM
  • Don_Dano: I don’t believe that Houston plans to do a full cycle. I think the plan is to do one Ring... 9:10 PM
  • bronzino: And this, olli, is where we differ in spending our entertainment pound: I’m happy to pay to... 8:56 PM
  • Harold: And if you have to miss the HGO season, you can see it the following year in Chicago. 7:48 PM
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  • Clita del Toro: I was at the prima of that Berman production with my parents. Cast was:Siepi, Corena, Steber,... 6:40 PM
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  • Arianna a Nasso: The Met’s Berman production of Don Giovanni was used for its 1978 telecast with... 6:32 PM
  • Hippolyte: I heard Nicholas Phan in last weekend’s live broadcast of Bernstein’s Candide from... 5:45 PM
  • Chanterelle: Of the principals I liked Stoyanova and Groissböck best. This Ochs isn’t totally deluded... 5:34 PM

A time to weep

Don’t let the headline worry you, cher public, what’s coming up after the jump is meant to be good clean fun, with a prize even. In fact, it’s a return of one of parterre’s most beloved classic features, the vocal ID quiz. Read more »

Steel yourself

Now that the New York City Opera season has bogged down, and while we’re waiting for reports of the Met’s 2012-13 programming (old news!), La Cieca thinks it would be fun for the cher public to play George Steel (or, given the difficulty of the task, Superman) and devise an upcoming season for NYCO. Details after the jump. Read more »

To the victors go the DVDs

Congratulations and thanks to all the many, many parterriani who participated in the second annual Bühnenweihfestspielkrieg, an event that La Cieca is overjoyed to note sparked the liveliest discussion of the sort she so avidly welcomes here on her little chat board. The winners of the competition are named after the jump. Read more »

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The elite prepare to meet

Where has the time gone? La Cieca was just reminded this morning that on Tuesday the 2012 recipients of the F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (aka The Opera News Award) will be named. Though your doyenne has no details yet about which lucky opera types are to be lauded this year, the impending news does give her an idea. 

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Duel role

It’s Saturday afternoon, which of course means only one thing, the parterre chat, which today will be focused on Verdi’s Il trovatore, starring, in the demanding dual roles of Leonora and Conte di Luna, Joyce DiDonato. 

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Dinged victory

La Cieca realized suddenly yesterday she had two contests to get up to date, so she organized her crack panel of experts (or is that “her panel of crack experts?”) to adjudicate, decide, confer, converse and otherwise hobnob with our brother wizards. The upshot of which is: we have two winners!

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It Came from Beyond the Ramparts of Seville

The first opera film to be presented in 3D, Carmen , shows up on screens worldwide (and in New York City, too) on March 3. And some lucky member of the cher public will have the opportunity to view this milestone in cinematic opera, as the guest of La Cieca! Details after the jump.

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Your funny valentine

Faithful reader Sadie Salome writes, “Don’t know if you saw last night’s marketing email from the Met promoting their Valentine’s Day e-card website: “This Valentine’s day fall in love at the Met Opera.” Well, I did not like their schmaltzy selection of cards, so I made some of my own from my favorite romantic opera moments.”

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Kunstwerk almost gesamt

La Cieca reminds the cher public that today is the final day of the Bühnenweihfestspielkrieg competition, with the first prize a sparking new copy of the complete Ring cycle on DVD! Put on your thinking tarnhelms and comment!

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Nevica!

What better omen for the an opening night of La fanciulla del West than the first snow of the season here in New York City?

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