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  • kashania: Wow, that’s some major stuff. Too bad that Latonia Moore’s much-anticipated return will... 1:38 PM
  • Krunoslav: Bill– Who would have cast Callas as Pamina? I’d have wanted to hear the Queen, Donnas... 1:32 PM
  • Bill: Krunoslav – well La Scala was not really presenting alot of Mozart during Callas’ best... 1:21 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Alas DellaCasaFan, I don’t think the Duparc was ever sung or taped. It would surely... 1:18 PM
  • antikitschychick: so did I and I can totally attest to the truthfulness of that statement :-D. Loved your... 1:18 PM
  • Daniel: Amen re that horrific Figaro shit-show a couple years ago. The men did a fine job, but the women,... 1:14 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: well, I think the issue was that she was offered Gretel and not Hanz. I think she could do... 1:11 PM
  • kashania: OMG, I can’t believe I forgot Gioconda!!! I love both of them. 1:04 PM
  • Evenhanded: Well. +2 on Alejandro’s post. I especially sympathize with: “I also love that 1963(?)... 1:04 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: I agree kashania and mercandante. I get so tired of all the hoo-ha about how horrible... 12:59 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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