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  • redbear: America affords her and one out of 30 kids in school are homeless, 130 families fund half of all donations to political parties,... 3:49 AM
  • La Cieca: Netrebko has been singing for right at 20 years now and she spent most of that time singing precisely what the worrywarts always... 2:31 AM
  • ML: The Beiteddine Festival? The Lebanese afford Anna while their Syrian neighbors perish or flee for E.U. help. 12:52 AM
  • Bill: Kennedet – from more recent videos of Nebrebko doing various arias, it seems her voice is not quite as steady as it used to... 11:47 PM
  • Magpie: Is it the aspect of my monitor, or am I the only one who sees the elephant in the room…. Her. Is she getting huge or what?... 11:34 PM
  • kennedet: I must say I get a little concerned about Netrebko. Make no mistake that I can’t think of a more exciting singer in the... 11:10 PM
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  • laddie: You might want to run over to Philadelphia and catch “Cold Mountain” in February. I have seen Amleto and, well, I... 10:46 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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