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  • peter: I think #4 is Astrid Varnay and #16 is Millo. 9:15 PM
  • CwbyLA: Can #4 be young Leyla Gencer before she developed the glottal attacks? 8:49 PM
  • CwbyLA: Camille, why do we have to find a bad byotch? Let’s find a bad man. Criticism of women that... 8:40 PM
  • CwbyLA: -Ed, you are not alone. I can’t stand the musicals either. 8:38 PM
  • zinka: Alfredo Salmaggi, Mar.4,1886 ,was Impresario/Conduct or of the Opera Co.we used to attend at Brooklyn... 7:46 PM
  • Satisfied: I love your love for Gheorghiu. I don’t understand it, but I love it. 7:23 PM
  • zinka: One of the very special places we used to visit and “hang out” for a long time was... 7:09 PM
  • pirelli: And I know a lot of people who say they hate opera – when really the only “opera” ;... 7:07 PM
  • Lady Abbado: 16 pics with Borras and Gheorghiu from the dress rehearsal for Werther: https://www.fac... 7:00 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Not illness. His Macbeths in Berlin were a triumph for him. Now on to Ernani in NY as... 6:25 PM

Dell’abisso

The news from New York has been rather dire these last few weeks, cher public; La Cieca is the first to admit that. But your doyenne would like to remind you that things could be worse. A lot worse. Read more »

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Rêve divin! Heureux délire!Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved! Read more »

And no bones!

Apparently, opera fans got the bright side of the bargain: say “Macbeth” in the theater and you court cataclysm; utter the name in the opera house and, as often as not, you merely predict disappointment.  Read more »

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Presenting Evelin Trauner

Is this the new Mari Lyn?

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And the Pubies go to…

At long last, the most closely guarded secret of 2011 (besides, you know, everything about what’s going to happen to City Opera) is about to be revealed. Ladies and public, the Second Annual Parterre Cher Public Choice Awards!

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Blonde item

“It’s just that it seems rather perverse to have cast such opulent voices and then given them not much to sing…. the role of Anna Nicole would not stretch Danielle de Niese.” Loyal parterrian Jondrytay (not pictured) looked in on the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and shared this thoughts on his blog Not So Wunderbar.

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Vereint sind Liebe und Lens

The title of this site says it all: Fotografie orribili di cantanti.

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There ought to be a new word for camp

“Tyler Perry‘s… For Colored Girls does feel like a ghoulish joke, a dated horror show bordering on parody. It’s both operatic and tone deaf, with explosions of hysteria that include a drunken Macy Gray performing a back-alley abortion and the conversion of a poem spoken by [Ntozake] Shange‘s Lady in Purple into an actual opera by Perry’s regular composer Aaron Zigman (called La Donna In Viola). During the opera, the film cuts back and forth between a doomed couple silently watching the performance (the husband is on the down low, unbeknownst to the wife) and another character being savagely date-raped.” [...]

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Greetings from the Alcova Dorata!

What a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in a postmodern epoch-bending variation. What if, this staging asks, Manon were to survive her various torments and travails? What would her life be like at, say, age 60? And what if, instead of hanging around mosquito-ridden Louisiana, she invested in a condo in Miami Beach [...]

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Quel grido e quella morte

Maria Guleghina‘s Turandot on PBS right now, and, holy hell, I didn’t realize just how incredibly awful it sounded. How could anyone let such a thing be released — no, escape — on HD?

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