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Nitwit Mountain

“Will the actors stepping into the iconic roles live up to the perfection of Heath Ledger and Tob[e]y Maguire?” [Buzzfeed]

Built in a day

“The La clemenza di Tito contract will be offered as a ‘Solo Dancer’ contract and requires 8 physically fit men…. The David McVicar production…” (Audition notice from Lyric Opera of Chicago)

A disturbance in the force

The scene outside the Met last night (above) and inside (after the jump). Read more »

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Mavra, don’t ask!

And then she was all like, “Nuh-uh! Igor was so not gay,” and I was all like…

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Boys to men

You have only until Sunday to catch the most heart-breaking moments seen on New York City operatic stages this season.

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Dream team

Director Daniel Moshel (not pictured) who created the YouTube sensation MeTube, sat down recently—and virtually—to chat with La Cieca (also not pictured.)

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Notte e giorno faticar

At last, the quintessential targeted reader of parterre.com has been identified.

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A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan.

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops.

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