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  • Bluebeard: PCally, Guleghina was a superb Lisa for a long time, though I’d imagine the Met revival must have been bumpy in every... 5:44 PM
  • PCally: She probably would have been terrifying. Even though she was literally voiceless, Silja was mesmerizing in Vienna. 5:43 PM
  • Will: Vishnevskaya died four years ago in her mid-80s. I wonder if anybody at the MET ever considered inviting her to do the Old Countess.... 5:40 PM
  • PCally: Bill-I imagine that Benackova was quite fine in the role and that Stratas was compelling, though truth be told I’ve never... 5:36 PM
  • Cicciabella: Coincidentally, I’m watching this Pique Dame from the Liceu. So far the overture does not bode well, but Emily Magee is... 5:13 PM
  • Bill: P Cally – Benackova was a wonderful sounding Lisa. I first heard the opera at the Met with Stratas and Felicia Weathers and... 5:09 PM
  • Edward George: Here is Michael Volpe’s latest video in which he persuades some friends to try opera for the first time:... 5:07 PM
  • armerjacquino: CK wasn’t saying that the singers themselves were in any way worthy of ridicule. You must have been here long enough... 4:57 PM

The gleam of his smile

Earlier this year when the Met announced its 2015-16 season, the fall revival of Verdi’s Il Trovatore looked pretty routine– except the first US Leonoras of reigning diva Anna Netrebko. Few would have predicted that Friday night’s prima would turn out to be one of the most thrilling—and moving–performances heard at the house in many a season.   Read more »

Hysterical blondeness

With its worrisome labor troubles behind it, the Met really did have something to celebrate this fall at its ultra-swanky Opening Night gala. Unfortunately the Peter Gelb tradition of premiering a new production came a cropper with Le Nozze di Figaro in Sir Richard Eyre’s lackluster ersatz-Spanish 1930s staging. The next night’s Bohème was reportedly a bit of a mess and its erratic soprano has already been replaced. However, Wednesday brought the “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.   Read more »

Casting: pearls before swine

Your season planning for Opera Orchestra of New York, cher public, looks a lot more interesting than what the company’s own artistic adminstration is likely to come up with. Thus far, La Cieca has heard one date for certain:  that Eve Queler default choice Rienzi, this time with Elisabete Matos—presumably in the not very interesting role of Irene—on February 29, 2012.  Meh.  The best of your choices after the jump.  Read more »

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the art of bellicose canto

La Cieca presents with pride her latest installment of Unnatural Acts of Opera, the Donizetti rarity Belisario, featuring legendary Leyla Gencer as vengeful Roman matron Antonina.

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one in a mill

At long last, a new episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera, featuring the classic Janacek team of Leonie Rysanek and Gabriela Benackova. Jenufa, Act 1

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old school

La Cieca is thrilled to note that VAI have continued their series of releases from the NHK Lirica Italiana telecasts of the 1960s and 1970s. These DVDs, remastered from original broadcasts on Japanese television, preserve performances by some of the greatest Italian artists of the mid-20th century. The most recent treasure to be unearthed is a 1967 video of Un ballo in maschera starring Carlo Bergonzi and Antonietta Stella. 

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to bis or not to bis

Who else but “Frantic” Franco Bonisolli? [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Xzg86rNphrI” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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but on the other hand…

Glamhilde

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