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  • messa di voce: The first two acts of Widow are masterful, and Act 2, especially, can be quite touching. Then... 8:14 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Florence Foster Jenkins was never like this! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=vC07 rPoK9lI 8:08 AM
  • Belfagor: Quite agree, give me Offenbach any day. He always seems far edgier and zanier than these Viennese... 8:07 AM
  • Belfagor: Noch pered Rozhdestvom is not going to pull in the crowds…̷ 0;..Christmas Eve is better!... 8:04 AM
  • Lohengrin: I liked Maltman as Lescaut, Tezier seems to smart for that bad guy…. Not that he could not... 7:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Arabella at the Liceu: http://bachtrack.c om/de_DE/review-ar abella-schwanew... 7:27 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Maltmann as Iago and then Breslik as Othello and Erdmann as Desdemona. 7:23 AM
  • Cicciabella: Basso, I would have given up a day of my allotted lifetime yesterday to hear Botha singing with... 5:41 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Evans is by far the hottest Dracula 5:11 AM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: Be very afraid … 5:11 AM

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 »