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  • Poison Ivy: I saw 10 Commandments last night. There are so many amazing moments of camp on this film, you can... 2:21 PM
  • m. croche: New releases from the Pathe newsreel archive: “White ties and bare backs predominateR... 2:07 PM
  • KCB: I adore the opera and was also thinking of returning to hear Erin Wall, who indeed received excellent... 12:30 PM
  • papopera: Dirty old William IV (duke of Clarence) lost all his 5 legitimate children, they were either... 12:05 PM
  • Anna Tema: I heard her as a rather bland Violetta a few years ago, but her Donna Annas a few months back... 12:04 PM
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  • papopera: The House of Greece is German, Prince Philip’s name is Slesvig-Holstein-S onderburg-Gluck... 11:40 AM
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  • Feldmarschallin: Her Donna Anna here was horrible but don’t know about Arabella. 11:26 AM

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 »

Presenting Evelin Trauner

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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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And the lorgnette goes to…

The results are in for the first annual Pubie Awards, nominated and voted upon by you, the Cher Public. Turnout this year was spectacular, with some categories racking up as many as 2,647 votes. A few of the races were close, and La Cieca thinks you’ll see an upset or two among the winners, after the jump. 

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