Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: Thing is, there would never be any consensus over what were the ‘boring bits’ (eg I love the ‘Fumee... 7:49 AM
  • Will: It’s a very respectable, well-sung traditional production with a good orchestra and very nicely conducted by Susan Davenny... 7:10 AM
  • ipomoea: I attended MARTHA after the BSO livestream MANON LESCAUT — a schizoid experience! MARTHA is well-staged, well-sung, and a... 7:00 AM
  • Lohengrin: Better video, syncron! German subtitles. 2:22 AM
  • Lohengrin: Every singer of Rule Britannia makes a joke on his/her dress. Hampson wore a half Union Jack / half Stars and Stripes shirt;... 1:53 AM
  • Buster: Did anyone go to Martha? Not an opera done too often these days, and it looks worth seeing. Final performance today:... 1:37 AM
  • Buster: Thanks a lot for sharing this. Particulalrly happy to have heard Yvonne Minton’s Sesto six years before her live Clemenza for... 1:26 AM
  • DerLeiermann: Wow. She’s really wonderful. I love her low notes. 1:25 AM

No you can’t

Identically-coiffed artistes Klaus Florian Vogt and Renée Fleming prove conclusively that American musical theater is not an international language.   Read more »

Le roi danse

“This summer, [Susan] Graham will cap her season in Paris by making her role debut as Anna in The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29).”

Le jazz tiède

The crossover album: a hint that that an artist has either exhausted all the repertory at her command and owes her record label a new release or that her waning vocal resources really shouldn’t be taxed much further than an octave. I’m sure we all have our favorite party discs of beloved divas slumming Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, or worse.   Read more »

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Something happened up there, something not very nice

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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… and now the worse news

A couple of tweets from Thomas Hampson detailing some grisly-sounding future projects.

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Avec la participation exceptionnelle de La Machine

La Cieca is always delighted when Met stars “cross over” into more popular genres of entertainment.

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Boathouse Betty

La Cieca just glimpsed this “save the date” from NYCO’s development department.

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Just what I wanted!

La Cieca (pictured, left) celebrated her birthday early this year when she unexpectedly received the perfect gift—the following press release.

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Anna’s anthem

Awesome Anna Netrebko wraps her considerable talent around a the Europop hit “La Voix.”  Note the correct use of hair extensions (without those ridiculous “rocker chick” bangs) and the plain but striking red gown. 

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Hunch confirmed

“Internationally acclaimed opera singer and arts administrator Plácido Domingo, General Director of Washington National Opera (WNO), will lead a group of his protégés in a concert performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto on August 2, 2010, at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater…. The concert performance marks the first time that Domingo, a legendary tenor who has recently made highly praised forays into the baritone repertoire, will sing the baritone role of Rigoletto. [Washington National Opera]

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