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  • Dabrowski: It is definitely more disturbing than the worst of Calixto Bieito’s excesses. 2:20 PM
  • kashania: AJ: Yes, I simplified things too much in my post. You’re quite right about the quality of the... 1:55 PM
  • umangialaio: Eva-Maria Westbroek will not be singing Isolde next summer in Bayreuth. U 1:54 PM
  • kashania: I prefer the revised as well but I enjoyed hearing the original version. I don’t know if... 1:46 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: I was at the 12/9 performance and felt much the same as Henson. It was truly a singer-driven... 1:28 PM
  • m. croche: Comparatively traditional operettic fare – “Ich studiert Anatomie” –... 1:11 PM
  • m. croche: Considerate of them to allow us to take mental-health breaks between clips. 1:09 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: I agree Avanti- I don’t hear the Deutekom “gargle̶ 1; in the coloratura at... 1:07 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Well, he was consistent. Almost every time he revised an existing movement, the revision was... 12:37 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Yes, the unexpectedly fussy vocal lines in the 1853 version are really jarring to the ear when... 12:20 PM

Sicilian Whispers

Fabio-Armiliato_thumbThere is no peace for Verdi in Parma. 

As a second production of its Verdi Festival the Teatro Regio presented I vespri siciliani on October 10,  starring Giacomo Prestia as Procida, Leo Nucci as Monforte, and the lovebirds Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato as Elena and Arrigo.  Read more »

Debut

nicola_lischiCongratulations to Nicola Lischi, of the younger generation of critics the one with the best developed… knowledge of Italian opera, for his first review on Opera Brittania.

Your friend when things get rough

pufnstufThere have been about 2,000 reviews of the Met’s new Rheingold so far, but for now, anyway, this one is my favorite—and not only for “Sid and Marty“.

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No cure for the common scold

Every time La Cieca says she’s through once and for all reading Norman Lebrecht, that middlebrow minstrel of the maestro myth soars to new heights of noisomeness. This time (yet again) it’s about how utterly callous those silly opera singers are for canceling (imagine!) when they’re too sick to sing.  

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Plain speaking

Martin Bernheimer, who was wise long before most of the rest of us were on solid food, writes what is likely to be remembered as the definitive essay on the Donald Rosenberg/Plain Dealer situation.

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You know we’ve got Regie in the cellar?

The premiere of a new production of Lohengrin at Bayreuth is obviously this week’s hot topic. La Cieca suggests we continue on this thread thd discussion that began elsewhere on parterre.com and is also raging over at opera-l. (La Cieca invites the cher public and visitors to post links from other sites as well where the Neuenfels Lohengrin is discussed.)  

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The unanswered question

“Why is the needlessly naked executioner so coy about showing us his wobbly bits?” [The Telegraph]

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Who criticizes the critics?

See, La Cieca thinks Brian Kellow is asking for trouble when, in the second paragraph of his analysis of last March’s Slatkinshchina, he admits, “I did not attend the March 29 opening-night performance of La Traviata, nor did I listen to it on Sirius Radio.”  

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Metaphor, thou mighty monster

“Marianne Cornetti‘s Amneris…. gives the audience a heart attack every time she opens her mouth, possessing an ability to literally drown out the orchestra.” La Cieca has a new favourite opera critic, and his name is Jamie Tabberer.

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas

Forget all the others. You need to read this review of The Nose. [New York Observer]

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