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  • manou: Hi laddie – you know this thing where I think I am right and everyone else is wrong? Well, if I still did that I would... 6:18 PM
  • Cicciabella: If you haven’t wilted in the heat, you can now vote for the Best Overall Opera Performance: http://bachtrac... 5:41 PM
  • Cicciabella: Heard Calleja at the Concertgebouw last week. He obviously had a cold, although he wasn’t announced as being under the... 5:39 PM
  • Henry Holland: I love Ken Russell’s Delius film, Song of Summer. What a ghastly man Delius was, but I’d love to see a... 5:39 PM
  • phoenix: with all due deference to Camille, I’m not so interested in the dirt – decomposing organic material on that infamous... 5:37 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: DOUBLE DIVO WATCH: they are dropping like flies – Joseph Calleja has withdrawn from “Rigoletto” at Wiener... 5:13 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I am doin’ my best, Camille. I literally just got back from vacation and discovered all the merde... 5:09 PM
  • phoenix: another commenter who knows how to do it – many thanks, Donna Anna. I always miss Cincinnati Opera – so this is much... 5:07 PM

Ambitious spirit

Never let it be said that La Cieca does not pamper her cher public. After the jump, and exclusively on the web, listen to the role debut of Anna Netrebko in Verdi’s Macbeth. Read more »

The world on a string: talking to Jamie Barton

American mezzo Jamie Barton, who has steadily been winning fans in the US over the past few years for her rich and nuanced singing, took the international opera world by storm last weekend by winning both the Song Prize as well as the overall prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Watching her final program of arias from Adriana Lecouvreur, Hansel und Gretel, and Berlioz’s Les Troyens, along with a song by Sibelius, it’s hard to imagine how the international jury that included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Felicity Palmer, Neil Shicoff and Håkan Hagegård could have chosen anyone else.  Read more »

Snark hope

fleming_fall_thumbWhat could be more exclusive than this? La Cieca offers you a sneak preview of Renée Fleming‘s MTV-style video for “Endlessly!”