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  • Camille: You know, come to think of it, she sang the duet with Domingo, in the 2009 Gala, and there were many singers there being futured... 9:22 PM
  • steveac10: I’ve only seen Gerzmava live once – in last year’s Hoffmann. My experience was much like the description of... 9:13 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: That score is really deficient in many ways. The preface is woefully inadequate and that editor is woefully refutable! 9:12 PM
  • Camille: Thank you for sharing your sweetest memories and I am so happy you have known such great fulfillment and joy. Don’t worry,... 9:11 PM
  • John L: I noticed that too. Like the Met is one to two years behind the LOC. Although certainly not as busy as the Met, the quality of... 8:37 PM
  • Camille: Bill, Jungfer, La Cieca und Alles! I refer you to the SCHOTT publication: TANNHÄUSER und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg Große... 8:27 PM
  • oscar: I was at the premier of this production back in 1977 as well. I’d make a pilgrimage to NY if I knew I could regain my lost... 8:06 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Also born on this day in 1835 composer Camille Saint-Saëns httpvh://www.youtu 7c_z806c 7:32 PM

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Gala this; gala that; who knew rich people wore clothes so badly?  Freed’s Law (formulated long ago) states that every tenor you meet is going to think he’s the smart one, but there must be some corollary about every opening night opera gala sending out a bat-signal to the one socialite who thinks she’s going to Bring Back the Tiara. Friday night was the occasion not only of a gala, but also an opera by Mr. Verdi, in which people sang.   Read more »

One night only, one night only, there’s nothing more to say

The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.

Escape from nuance

Just when you thought it was impossible to lose any further respect for Francesca Zambello, the director (and, so rumor has it, instigator of beefing up the rapey content) of the fiasco opera Two Women has now announced, “I would not stage a rape scene in an opera ever again…. It makes too much of the audience too uncomfortable. As directors we can convey the atrocities of the world, past and present, by using images and dramatic situations, but we must use nuance.”   Read more »

Two Women


Three blocks from the opera house is a terrible time to realize there was homework.

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Barn yesterday

Christine Goerke is the Prima Donna in this scene from Francesca Zambello‘s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne auf Upstate New York, and Did I Mention That the Komponist is a Dyke?

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Dish night

“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.”

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A coupla white chicks sitting around talking

On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.

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La vita e Club Inferno

What, you might ask, could a middle-of-the-road middlebrow stage director add to this monumental chef-d’oeuvre?

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June Anderson!

Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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Steppin’ 2 the Nile Side

La Cieca would like to take this opportunity to extend kudos to Francesca Zambello and the Glimmerglass Festival on what looks to be their season’s first smash hit: a new production of the classic musical Dreamgirls.

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