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  • Krunoslav: Favorite Kundry on records? Martha Moedl. I also greatly liked four that I have seen onstage: Christa Ludwig, Tatiana... 11:42 PM
  • Krunoslav: My first Met PARSIFAL in 1977 had practically no applause after Act One, and as a “knowingR 17; student I thought... 11:37 PM
  • PCally: Out of curiosity, who is your favorite Kundry? 11:08 PM
  • Don_Dano: Does anyone have problems with the Metropolitan Opera being able to process corporate matching gifts. Each year, I make a... 7:58 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There is absolutely NO official rule at Bayreuth about not applauding at the end of Act I of... 7:41 PM
  • brackweaver: This is the clearest summary of the plot I’ve encountered. Too bad it is such a mess. Mascagni’s operas have so... 7:36 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Bi “Yes!’ to La Cieca ond Ivy. Standing at Messiah? Precious. 7:10 PM
  • Operngasse: Dear JML, Many thanks for posting this. I was lucky to have heard Astrid Varnay near the end of her career in Elektra and she... 6:44 PM

Pas de quatre

“La couleur dramatique l’emporte irrésistiblement, surtout quand il s’agit de satisfaire aux exigences insensées d’une écriture faite de combinaisons et d’alternances de registres vertigineux.” Read more »

Three nights in Paris

“Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time,” exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival this past August. Indeed, it is wonderful to be young and in Paris for the first time—in no small part thanks to the generous student discount schemes that make the performing arts so accessible to juvenile enthusiasts. Over the past three evenings, I have experienced no less than three extraordinary evenings of vocal music of the highest caliber, and it is my pleasure to share those experiences with you.   Read more »

La place des étoiles

“Le Concert de Paris” featuring Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, Olga Peretyatko, Elina Garanca, Piotr Beczala, Lawrence Brownlee and Laurent Naouri, with the Orchestre National de France sous la direction de Daniele Gatti. Watch it!

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And Tony goes to…

La Cieca spies spotted the New York TimesAnthony Tommasini at the opening of the Salzburg Meistersinger, which indicates his review should be appearing by tomorrow at the latest.

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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

Wagner’s Meistersinger, in a witty, sumptuous performance (thanks to Stefan Herheim and Daniele Gatti, respectively) is now being streamed on 3sat.online, available, so far as La Cieca can tell, wherever the internet reaches.

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One touch of venous

Like the hero of Parsifal, who finds the Holy Grail after a lifetime of frustrated wandering, the Met’s audience was finally rewarded for its patience.

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