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  • siegmund: Westbroek has sung Isolde before, in Nov/Dec 2013 in Dresden and i think she had positive reviews. 2:33 PM
  • PCally: Interesting I wasn’t aware of this. I’m not really sure Isolde is a very good option for... 2:07 PM
  • PCally: Ivy I actually had never thought of that. She sang at Stuggart for years in all three Janacek parts,... 2:06 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: He was quite entrancing the one time I saw him live, which was as Wolfram, but I don’t... 2:05 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I think that’s true Ivy – I’ve heard Westbroek give thrillingly secure... 2:02 PM
  • decotodd: I saw the operas at the HD on Saturday, and largely concur with JJ. The woman next to me had never... 2:00 PM
  • Hippolyte: Westbroek simply canceled the Isoldes at Bayreuth. She hasn’t dropped the role–she&... 1:39 PM
  • No Expert: I have loved Blegen’s version of this one for decades. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=g... 1:28 PM
  • baridave: Puzzling performance: moments of real tonal beauty, with, IMHO, off-putting straight tone and going... 1:21 PM
  • Poison Ivy: another thing about EMW is that even though she only made her Met debut in 2011 she’s been... 1:17 PM

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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