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  • NPW-Paris: (From the “Budapesti OperettszínházR 21;, I mean). 10:48 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And there’s a great traditional restaurant just up the street and round the corner. Who... 10:46 PM
  • ducadiposa: Some might call this conservative staging or “tacky” ; but heck, it’s one of... 10:33 PM
  • m. croche: In her defense, it can’t be said that she’s given the matter a great deal of thought. 10:13 PM
  • fletcher: What is she talking about – how is it awful? I love the theatrical prologue. It’s... 10:07 PM
  • m. croche: IMHO, the most important thing about a singing translation of Bluebeard’s castle would be... 9:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And as delicious as that is, according to Peter Bartók, the literal translation of that... 9:33 PM
  • m. croche: “Now at last you see before you Bluebeard’s Castle. Not a gay place like your... 8:24 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: That’s from the translation in which he has neuropathy! 8:22 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thank you for this review Ivy. I must say it was distressing to read your description of... 8:15 PM

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 »

Happy Birthday Philippe Jaroussky!

The French countertenor is 35 years old today. Read more »

Happy birthday, Giacomo Puccini

“Il Leone di Lucca” (as La Cieca has never heard the composer called) was born December 22, 1858. On the anniversary of his birth, you are invited to discuss favorite performances of his work, with or without the aid of YouTube. Read more »

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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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Happy Birthday Maestro Wenarto

Still going strong after (approximately) 1,500 YouTube appearances, Our Own Maestro Wenarto celebrates the anniversary of his birth today.

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Happy 18th birthday, parterre box

To think, if I’d had a kid instead, he could be out there supporting me now, or at least off at college smoking dope and getting laid.

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