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  • oscar: I don’t have a problem with a mezzo singing the Composer. There have been many wonderful mezzo interpreters. I have yet to... 5:44 PM
  • Hippolyte: Like Octavian, the Composer seems to have been pretty much completely taken over by mezzos–I recall DiDonato̵... 5:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: Not sure Stratas and ‘recently 217; belong in the same sentence… But your point is well made. I can’t... 5:29 PM
  • redbear: If anyone needs a single word to describe American opera, David Gockley has it! I had to stop it to wipe the tears of laughter... 5:06 PM
  • oscar: Other than Stratas, have there been any sopranos recently who have sung the Composer at the Met or anywhere else for that matter? 5:06 PM
  • Cicciabella: That Hamlette would taste really good in a far-from-kosher cheese-and-bacon omlette. 5:04 PM
  • Hippolyte: Interesting that three of the four principals for this performance are American, plus Auger who spelled her first name... 4:43 PM
  • messa di voce: Source for that? It just doesn’t sound like Ponselle to me. I can more easily imagine Alda or Jeritza coming out with... 4:22 PM

Per molts anys, Montserrat Caballé!

The legendary soprano celebrates her 80th birthday today. Read more »

Happy Birthday Magda Olivero

The fabled verista celebrates the 103rd anniversary of her birth today. Read more »

Happy Birthday Stefan Herheim

The Prince of Regie, who’ll direct a new Vêpres siciliennes for the Royal Opera this fall, is 43 years old today. Read more »

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Happy Birthday Philippe Jaroussky!

The French countertenor is 35 years old today.

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Happy birthday, Giacomo Puccini

“Il Leone di Lucca” (as La Cieca has never heard the composer called) was born December 22, 1858.

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The anniverary

It’s that date that rolls around once a year, cher public, the date we celebrate the 1993 founding of parterre box and the 1923 birth of Maria Callas.

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Happy Birthday Regina Resnik

The dynamic American singing actress celebrates the 90th anniversary of her birth today.

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Happy Birthday Birgit Nilsson

La Cieca wants to get a jump on this busy birthday season by offering a remembrance of Birgit Nilsson a day early.

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Une femme d’un incertain âge

On this, the anniversary of her natal day, May 15, La Cieca likes to think back to that moment…

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Just what I wanted!

La Cieca (pictured, left) celebrated her birthday early this year when she unexpectedly received the perfect gift—the following press release.

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