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  • Poison Ivy: In other words: let’s blame anyone who’s not German. 12:31 PM
  • Lohengrin: Why should I blame one, when lots of blog.writers repeat the meaning without having had the... 12:24 PM
  • manou: semira mide and marshie – you are too kind. I find it useful to remember this: “If evil... 12:19 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Lohengrin, take it up with Feldmarschallin then, who said: “Cicciabella one doesn’t need... 12:14 PM
  • la vociaccia: You make a very good point, Lohengrin. I wonder why then you aren’t directing your... 12:13 PM
  • quibbleglib: Ditto — it positively made my day. What a gorgeous and thrilling recording. 12:13 PM
  • Lohengrin: Why should we presume that Mr. Kaufmann never had the intention to sing those “only... 12:09 PM
  • Krunoslav: Rostropovich and MM II favorite Galina Petrovna brought Petkov (b. 1938) to Carnegie as King René... 12:01 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Lohengrin, you have one member of parterre saying everyone was stupid for even believing Jonas... 11:48 AM
  • la vociaccia: Lohengrin, I am not ‘spreading speculations.̵ 7; I am replying to Feldmarschallin... 11:41 AM

Ich kann nicht überspitzen

Frankly, the response to the Elektra quiz was uneven. La Cieca will explain after the jump. Read more »

Who was that Lady?

Much guesswork, most of it terribly astute, went into our most recent vocal ID quiz, and La Cieca is now ready to reveal the most accurate of a very accurate bunch. Read more »

In the day of success

Just as, back in 1955, dear Vivien Leigh discovered about the Weird Sisters, La Cieca today is ready today to say of her cher public, “I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge.” Or, to put it in less allusive terms, it’s time for you to put your skills to the test in yet another voice identification quiz, this one with a Scottish theme. Read more »

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Nun der Quiz mich müd gemacht

After a brilliantly collaborative start, the cher public fell just short of deciphering the complete Beim Schlafengehen quiz, though several of you did very well indeed.

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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.

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Steel yourself

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.

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To the victors go the DVDs

Congratulations and thanks to all the many, many parterriani who participated in the second annual Bühnenweihfestspielkrieg

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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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