Broadcast: La bohème

The debut of soprano Angel Blue is but one highlight of tonight’s live broadcast from the Met. (The cher public’s discussion is another!) Start time is 7:25 PM EDT. Read more »

Puzza la tela dipinta

This afternoon the Royal Opera House offers a first glimpse of Richard Jones‘ new production of La bohème, the first at that theater since about 1735 or so. Among the talking and/or singing heads will be ROH music director Sir Antonio Pappano and the recently affianced tenor Michael FabianoRead more »

Broadcast: Turandot

Lise Lindstrom and Roberto Alagna (not pictured) head the cast of the Royal Opera House’s Turandot, to be webcast starting at 2:00 PM EDT. Parterrians, start your discussion!

Public enemy

Mary Zimmerman explains (more or less) “what’s wrong with opera audiences?”

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To tell the truth

Four of La Cieca’s favorite people, Diana Soviero, Ira Siff, Robert Lombardo and Ken Benson, assemble on November 9 at the impressively named “Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center”…

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The Celluloid Muse

So how about another angle on Mawrdew Czgowchwz? Since, at the end of the novel, the eponymous oltrano decides to take a brief hiatus from her métier of “musicry” to star in motion picture, how about we produce (in the boundless realm of imagination) a film based on the McCourt novel? Above, La Cieca’s nominee for the title role, Cate Blanchett. Your suggestions for further casting?

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You know we’ve got Regie in the cellar?

The premiere of a new production of Lohengrin at Bayreuth is obviously this week’s hot topic. La Cieca suggests we continue on this thread thd discussion that began elsewhere on and is also raging over at opera-l. (La Cieca invites the cher public and visitors to post links from other sites as well where the Neuenfels Lohengrin is discussed.)  

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