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  • PCally: mrsjohnclaggart, I have seen both this and her broadcast from Baden Baden, where this met production originally premiered.... 11:22 PM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: @coloraturafan – enthusiastic + 1, having seen MS three times this season and having been transported by multiple... 10:56 PM
  • zinka: I must sincerely apologize to La Cieca, who used to be crazy about me, for lowering myself when I answer someone like this. Not... 10:48 PM
  • atomicwings: You have to wonder what the geniuses at the Philadelphia Orchestra were thinking when they hired him. 10:36 PM
  • Batty Masetto: He was pretty unsure of himself in Act I but seems to have settled in now. 10:35 PM
  • Krunoslav: http://tinyurl.com /j53fxjo 10:34 PM
  • messa di voce: I hear nothing that indicates that Alagna doesn’t know the role. 10:32 PM
  • marcello52: I understand the need regarding the economics of it all. Folks might want a refund with a random on stage but surely there... 10:30 PM

Queen for a D

Some may conjecture that Anna Bolena is a stronger opera than Maria Stuarda and its title role a better fit for Sondra Radvanovsky, but Friday’s season premiere at the Met of Donizetti’s opera about the doomed Scottish queen proved surprisingly satisfying and a genuine success for the American soprano.   Read more »

Protestant movement

La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots with Elina Garanca (presumably as Valentine), Bryan Hymel (Raoul) and Diana Damrau (not pictured) as the Queen. No word yet on which role Christine Rice will be assigned.

Coeurs amoureux

La Cieca hears that the opening night of the Met’s 2018-2019 season will be a new production of Samson et Dalila featuring Bryan Hymel and Elina Garanca.

Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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A multiplicity of mezzos

Wonder no more! Says the Met press office, “Elina Garanca has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter.”

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Ces soupçons, ces soupçons

La Cieca hears a rumor, currently unconfirmed, that Elina Garanca is pregnant and will cancel her participation in the Met’s new production of Werther this season.

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metropolis

A series of ones and zeroes

“I’m analytical, not wild,” Ms. Garanca told an interviewer in 2009.

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chauvet

Two pairs of pants

“French mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet will make her Met debut as Sesto in this evening’s performance of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, replacing Elina Garanca, who is ill.”

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new_puritans

Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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odorama

Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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