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Prelude to the Quantification of the Diva

diva_quantificationLa Cieca is delighted to announce a week-long series of investigative reports deciding once and for all the question “Who is the greatest opera diva of our generation?” Read more »

Laureate

dessay_asleepLa Cieca hears that two spectacular events crowned last night’s performance of La sonnambula at the Vienna State Opera. Read more »

Happy Birthday Natalie Dessay

dessay_asleep“La Ritalina” is 45 today!

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Because of wellness

Fans of Natalie Dessay (and there are legions of you!) will be overjoyed to hear that, now that the Met’s Hamlet is no longer on the boards, she has completely recovered from whatever it was that was ailing her. The Gallic nightingale is currently gracing the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper in Bellini’s La sonnamubula. [Wiener Zeitung]

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Breaking the silence

The good news: whatever Natalie Dessay‘s “illness” was, she didn’t permanently lose her voice. The bad news: she can still talk.

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A minute and a huff

La Cieca presents an open letter from a parterre box reader.

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Copycat iniqua

La Cieca is delighted to hear that the Opéra de Paris and soprano Natalie Dessay just last night performed an hommage to Maria Callas by recreating one of the most famous nights of La Divina’s career. Unfortunately, that “night” was January 2, 1958, and in the intervening half century, opera management still hasn’t learned its lesson.

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Le snore

What is it about Natalie Dessay, La Cieca wonders, that provokes journalists to badmouth La sonnambula? 

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Que personne ne dorme!

UPDATE: Dessay has “just now” confirmed she will go on for tonight’s performance, which begins in about 15 minutes.

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dernier cri

“Natalie Dessay … in a fuchsia dress and lace-up high boots, flaming red hair piled high on her head …. swung her arms above her head, stretched, and then literally screamed out what sounded like wild joy and barely bridled lust.” [Santa Fe New Mexican]

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