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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: This is exactly what they did. Keenlyside attempted to sing Act II, but conked... 4:01 AM
  • Buster: Thanks Camille, to you too! The (renovated) opera house in Liege is beautiful. Lots of elderly... 12:33 AM
  • Buster: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=VJSp 9mYT9GM 12:11 AM
  • zinka: The old standing line was a “life unto itself.” I just cannot figure out why,wearing a... 11:59 PM
  • peter: Kennlyside’s understudy sang the dress rehearsal. They probably just plugged in footage from it. 10:38 PM
  • Camille: Many happy returns to Maestro Tilson Thomas, whom I remember from the late sixties(!) onward, and... 10:32 PM
  • aulus agerius: Correction: Keenlyside in the first act and someone else after that. 10:08 PM
  • aulus agerius: I don’t see any debacle. All I see is a different Rigoletto in the first two acts from... 10:06 PM
  • antikitschychick: “The more you talk the less I have to…” “vat is the genesis? I dont... 9:52 PM
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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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