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  • antikitschychick: not ‘an app’ but several in fact. 3:33 PM
  • antikitschychick: They now have an app for the on Demand. I downloaded it yesterday :-D. 3:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. I’m quite an advocate for Met on Demand- it’s really very good value for the library you get access to. 3:27 PM
  • Patrick Mack: The only reason the Met spreads out some of their telecasts to two dvd’s is so the bit rate his high and the they get... 3:24 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: I never thought that Madagascar was such an opera loving locale! The things you learn! Kidding aside, La Cieca’s... 3:11 PM
  • antikitschychick: thank you DDS :-). I appreciate your kind words and the fact that you read my post(s) (long doesn’t quite cut it... 2:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: Muffins with marmite and a coffee. 2:53 PM
  • La Cieca: I don’t think anyone is selling opera DVDs at $50. A lot of the Met new releases are done on two discs because of the... 2:52 PM

Coffee break

La Cieca (pictured, in her dreams) would like to pause just a moment in her editrixing duties for a spot of housekeeping, by which she doesn’t mean she’s finally going to get rid of those hideous drapes (though goodness knows she should!) but rather to salute our sponsors and to remind you, the cher public, how you can help spread the word about your favorite parterre box material, if any.   Read more »

French tips

Valerian Ruminksi (not pictured), that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him? Well, he joins Anne Midgette and Michelle Paul (director of product development at Patron Technology) to chat with WQXR‘s Naomi Lewin to muse about online oversharing. (Hint: they’re mostly against it.) Listen after the jump. Read more »

È questo l’antico fascino che m’accieca!

Anna Netrebko‘s publicist has confirmed that the soprano and “Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov (age 37)” are engaged. To be married. To each other. No date is set for the wedding, and Netrebko’s public Facebook page asks that the couple’s privacy be respected. Read more »


Georgia on my mind

Jaw-breaking soprano Tamar Iveri is trying to walk back her recent homophobic rant by saying she has “many gay friends.”

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Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

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A la faveur de cette nuit obscure

La Cieca does what she can in her own little way to, well, light a single candle against ignorance, but sometimes she is surprised by her own strength.

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Ring cycle

Anthony Tommasini and his long-time partner Ben McCommon were married on Friday.

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Open mouthed

An exciting album of photos from Stefan Herheim‘s new production of Salome that opened tonight at the Salzburg Easter Festival. (All images by Monika & Karl Forster).

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Don’t worry, La Cieca isn’t going to let politics rear its ugly head (or, since we’re talking about La Cieca here, let’s say “its pretty head”); rather, the “social” we’re talking about here is as in “social media.” Just a housekeeping tip or two for you after the jump.

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The cup and the lip

You know La Cieca adores her some Gheorghiu, but the “scheduled”  (not to mention the Soprano Math) just cries out for mockery.

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