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  • Feldmarschallin: Tebaldi the best Santuzza on disc? That is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time.... 2:36 PM
  • ML: Eeeeewwww. Too much info … . 2:16 PM
  • Camille: …have we fucking lost all discernment or is the voice just soooooo stunning live that critical... 2:08 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought Barkmin sounded like end-of-career Malfitano when I heard her in Toronto last year. A... 2:07 PM
  • robertovillalba: The RCA Tebaldi-Bjoerling- Bastianini/Erede “Cavalleria Rusticana” was recorded... 2:06 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Oh, really? Thank you, Cammiest. ya live and loin! 1:51 PM
  • Operngasse: I hope you get to see Fidelio. I was lucky enough to see Vickers sing Florestan at the Met (1979?... 1:49 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Having heard Goerke in FRAU and recent broadcasts, I simply can’t imagine her as... 1:34 PM
  • Lohengrin: Did anyone discuss the divorse of Calleja? 1:33 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: The singing is magnificent on that recording — my favorite of CAVs. Tebaldi’s... 1:27 PM

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 »

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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