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  • La Valkyrietta: Thank you for this piece that I don’t listen to every day :). I have some silly... 2:43 PM
  • umangialaio: Remarkable performance of Simon Boccanegra last Saturday at la Fenice with the very happy role... 2:38 PM
  • Krunoslav: I heard him sing a Met Canio thrillingly ( opposite Soviero, perfect) and act it with restraint... 1:29 PM
  • SF Guy: I never heard Giacomini live, but I find his singing and acting both quite good in this 1981... 1:13 PM
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  • peter: He may have been a dud on stage but the times I heard him were from the Family Circle standing room... 12:34 PM
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  • la vociaccia: He certainly had a marvelous voice which he trained extremely well, but was he ever... 12:10 PM
  • peter: Giacomini’s prime was fairly short but earlier on in his career, he had the most thrilling... 12:00 PM
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You didn’t notice the wallpaper?

In the interest of absolute accuracy (for surely the cher public deserves no less!) La Cieca offers the following correction. The location pictured in the still photo of Naked Opera is not, in fact, the Berlin Komische Oper, but rather the Hotel Imperial in Vienna. And how does La Cieca know that, you ask? Read more »

Oh my God, Opera, you look amazing!

Lady Jane Grey“A cover article this weekend about choosing the Top 10 classical composers misstates, at one point, the length of time that opera had existed as of 1750, when Bach died. As the article correctly conveys in other references, opera had been around for roughly 150 years then, not ‘a half-century’.” La Cieca is sure the article’s author, Anthony Tommasini, 162, regrets the error. [NYT]

Today in corrections

eyre_gypsies“A profile of Richard Eyre – ‘All good actors are quick-witted’, 27 November, page 12, Review – mentioned the theatre director’s recollection of having played one of the Three Little Maids in a school production of The Pirates of Penzance. Clarification has since come from the interviewee that in Pirates he played Kate, one of four maids, the daughters of Major-General Stanley (the Three Little Maids, for their part, belong to The Mikado).” [The Guardian]

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We never see a headline about a breadline today

Remember those figures you read yesterday in the New York Times citing salaries of the heads of the Metropolitan Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and New York City Opera? Well, not so much. In fact, Zarin Mehta‘s reported compensation was off by only 230%. [NYT]

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Disoriented

“An article in Arts incorrectly identified the opera Madame Butterfly as a spin-off of the musical Miss Saigon. Miss Saigon is actually a spin-off of Madame Butterfly. (Apr. 13, p. 19)” [The Justice]

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Sax change

Notorious cumblogger JJ has finally cleaned up his mess. [New York Post]

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fluched up

CORRECTION: It seems that nasty curse has landed on La Cieca, too. Can you believe that your doyenne misheard the bit of gossip she relayed you a couple of hours ago? Yes, it does indeed appear Katarina Dalayman and Susan Foster are both too ill to sing the last Tristan of the season at the Met. However, it is Linda Watson (pictured), not Janice Baird (per as previous soupçon) who is en route to save the performance.

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never had to have a chaperone, no sir

Lord help the Mister who does fact-checking for the Times arts section! A correction published today thoroughly dispels all those rumors about  Lisa and Pauline, as seen in the Met’s current revival of The Queen of Spades. “They are friends, not sisters,” the correction helpfully informs us, and La Cieca will add that other than that one time in college, there is nothing else between them! No correction has been offered so far for Anthony Tommasini‘s assertion that Ben Heppner’s parlous vocal condition on opening night was the result of “a cold.”  

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and five and six are witches’ tricks…

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/akQ4Uhp0DOw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]  CORRECTION: In the words of the immortal Anna Russell, La Cieca will now shriek, “I can’t count!”  There are in fact 13 singers included in the “Which Witch” quiz/competition, not 11 as your doyenne previously announced. Math is hard!

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