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  • Milady DeWinter: I agree with Bill and FeldM- Lucia is not the role for Yoncheva as she is not an E-flat... 11:12 AM
  • Marcello: Not that I am especially keen on Lucia, but there have been quite some unexplained cancellations... 10:59 AM
  • Bill: Yoncheva did have a bit of trouble with all her highest notes as Violetta at the Met last week –... 10:53 AM
  • Bill: Zampieri’s voice was an acquired taste particularly as she had several registers (all 3 of them... 10:40 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I think the top is not what it used to be. I remember thinking that when I heard her... 10:32 AM
  • kashania: Meier is of the greatest singing actresses I’ve ever experienced (alas, never live). Her... 10:12 AM
  • kashania: For those interested, the performance that finally served as the opening night of the production... 10:04 AM
  • Marcello: After all that excitement about Sonya Yoncheva and her Violetta, I am disappointed to hear that she... 9:54 AM
  • Camille: Bill, you are a treasure trove of delights. Thank you so kindly for all your reminiscing on La... 9:53 AM
  • Krunoslav: I have to disagree with both Ivy and Feldie here. The one time i heard Zampieri live was as... 9:52 AM

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 »

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. Read more »

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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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