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  • La Valkyrietta: Camille, it is I who should apologize for my horrid lapses of memory. Sorry. Nabokov does not... 9:16 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: The ad for Matthew Polenzani’s recital reminds me of those Big Eye paintings –... 9:12 PM
  • RobNYNY: Canada may come into it. Just as American English has preserved features of 18th Century British... 9:09 PM
  • Camille: I have to admit to only reading “The House of Mirth”, which I loved, but the movie a lot... 9:06 PM
  • Camille: Oh goody! I could not find it!!! I hope parterrians will like it, the UR-UN-Regie production! Many... 8:46 PM
  • Camille: Oh, mi scusi–I dis not see that you had seen it already and because it is a mad love of my own... 8:44 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Camille, Youtube has that opening Faust scene. Much better production of Faust at the Academy... 8:40 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Camille, I agree with you, it is a beautiful movie. I have seen it twice, but years ago. I... 8:17 PM
  • Camille: Do not know if this will wok but I will try to import the film for you alone, mon vieux Valkyrietta.... 7:48 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: I completely agree with Camille about “The Age of Innocence.” Incidentally, I... 7:34 PM

Anxiety, cum-blog vital, say divas

Marlene_Dietrich_Stage_FrightMonsters and Critics reveals: “Although acclaimed mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the world of classical music, she says she is still anxious ahead of every performance. In an interview with the German Press Agency dpa this week, the 44-year-old Italian opera star said a certain dose of stage fright is important to her career.” Now, about the cum-blog, after the jump. Read more »

Oh, how we danced on the night we were webbed

Diamonds_are_foreverLots of media news today, so let’s not waste any time! La Cieca congratulates Opera News on the occasion of the mag’s 75th anniversary this month, though your doyenne is willing to swear that the mag doesn’t look a day over 60!  Read more »

Close reading

operanews_giocondaIt may seem quixotic that La Cieca subscribes to Opera News, and the print version at that, but, after all, the dear people there were kind enough to interview Our Own JJ last summer on the subject of this very cum-blog, so, well, noblesse oblige and all that, you know. Since the mag is showing up on her doorstep more or less monthly now, your doyenne thought she might as well get some multipurposing out it, so here goes a new feature provisionally called “Opera News Watch.”  Read more »