Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • la vociaccia: It’s really, really disheartening when a professional music critic makes a blunder like... 4:21 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Au contraire! IMHO Midgette’s blatant lack of knowledge of the authentic spoken... 4:17 PM
  • alejandro: The spoken intro was amazing! I walked away last night with a lot of love for the score/text. 3:54 PM
  • Will: The Venue is Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall of Harvard University. 3:54 PM
  • Buster: I’ll have what she’s having. 3:53 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP Rod McKuen httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=IJZ Qz5U0el0 3:32 PM
  • m. croche: You gotta love a critic who exhorts a production team to “address the score more... 3:30 PM
  • RobNYNY: And Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss must account for about 30 of them. 3:27 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And I did not notice that Lebrecht already had it on his site! Early this morning there... 3:22 PM
  • Cicciabella: Take a look at this dynamite, all-singing, all-dancing Valencienne, in translation (Hungarian),... 3:21 PM

Spinning chorus

katharina_spider“Her gal-pal friends play with what look like the tails of exotic serpents and keep huge spiders as pets. I was not exactly sure what this all meant. Still, the kids squealed with delight.” No more delighted than La Cieca was when she realized that Katharina Wagner has finally caught up to Mary Zimmerman in the use of oversized arachnidae in operatic Regie! [NY Times]

Death, warmed over

New York Philharmonic“The end of the world was on the program Thursday night — but for the New York Philharmonic, performing the apocalyptic opera Le Grand Macabre was a promising new beginning.” [NYP]