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  • Ilka Saro: “gets cast only rarely” is an accurate and scary term. When contracts are signed 5... 6:55 AM
  • Ilka Saro: First good laff of the day! 6:48 AM
  • Ilka Saro: JDF can always console himself by continuing to singing with incomparable brilliance, as he has... 6:46 AM
  • Ilka Saro: That’s some very fine singing, and a very comely appearance! 6:33 AM
  • Rudolf: And I thought that Milano “Traviata 221; with Damrau was weird. Geneva gives us Alfredo in a... 6:16 AM
  • williams: Vostra Maesta, Regina delle fate, Exactly! To my taste the Benelli/Camarena style is more pleasing.... 6:11 AM
  • oedipe: When a singer is not on the Met’s radar, or gets cast only rarely by the Met, people’s... 6:11 AM
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  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.hamburg ballett.de/form/vo rschau_14_15.pdf Some interesting casting…... 5:02 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I saw John Osborn sign Arnold in the 5,000 seat Royal Albert Hall very convincingly, so while... 4:48 AM

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 »

The anniverary

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

Happy Birthday Regina Resnik

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

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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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Happy Birthday Anna Netrebko

The diva, soon to open the Met season in Anna Bolena, marks the Four Oh milestone today.

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Happy birthday Nico Muhly

Congratulations to the composer (Two Boys, Dark Sisters) and blogger on this day of transition from Wunderkind to Wundererwachsener. (Photo by Sam West)

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