Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: It’s uncanny isn’t it? You seem somehow to hear more of the score. 4:45 AM
  • Buster: My pleasure, Camille. I am listening to his Traviata now, the one culled from the dress rehearsal – better even than the... 4:13 AM
  • Buster: Future Bayreuth: Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, Andreas Schager as Siegfried and Parsifal. Dmitri Tcherniakov directs the new... 3:47 AM
  • DerLeiermann: Soprano lirico fotogenico sounds like a fach a young singer in the Santa Fe Opera apprenticeship program would claim. I love... 2:33 AM
  • Camille: We got hooked by this and are currently in the last part of Act III and yes, you sure do learn a lot, Buster, you are so right!... 10:07 PM
  • Camille: Only referring to either/or of these ladies as the prototypical soprano lirico fotogenico of each other’s respective time... 10:04 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘ Vogt and Kaufmann were on opposite ends of the spectrum vocally.’ Really? Have you tried Lauritz Melchior, Paul... 9:48 PM
  • mercadante: Not really, Farrar could take an interval cleanly. 9:30 PM

Steam heat?

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo, easy on the eyes despite the fright wig, is one of the “Hottest Opera Stars Of 2013″ according to Huffington Post. But does he meet the criteria of the highest authority on hotness of them all, namely the parterre consensus? Read more »

Leather underground

Putting in a little face time (and what faces!) at Charles Castronovo‘s cabaret at 54 Below last night were barihunk trifecta Erwin Schrott, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ildar Abdrazakov. Note the  leather jeans. The tenor repeats his show tomorrow night following that evening’s Met performance of Don Ottavio. (Photo: Charles Martin)

Le sigh

Prepare to swoon, cher public, as the Bayerische Staatsopera presents yet another of their hunk-o-rama webcasts, Eugene Onegin, starring Simon Keenlyside and Pavol Breslik. Read more »

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Cobra Jewel Song

The annual Richard Tucker gala came and went at Avery Fisher Hall with the usual quota of gaffes, wardrobe malfunctions, no-shows, too-much-shows, substitutions and surprise guests (well, guest).  And sandwiched between the routine, the egocentric and the just plain dull were moments of true dementia, the moments that we melomanes live and die for.  Most of those moments were due to the antics of a certain well-known Slavic diva (of whom more later).  But first, the specs.  

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A big hand for the little lady

Sweet Betsy again rounds up the Saturday afternoon listenables. La Cieca leans toward Manon naturellement, but she should warn you that she’s off like Des Grieux’s cassock at 3:00 pm to jump on the Caramoor Caravan. After the jump (not onto the Caravan!) the complete list of what’s singing who.

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Pop star

Romanian tenor Stefan Pop, 23, is one of this year’s first-prize winners in the Operalia competition. There’s a glimpse of the budding hunkentenor in action after the jump.

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Top of the world

La Cieca hears from a reliable source that James Valenti is the 2010 Richard Tucker Award winner.

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Peak performance

On this upcoming otherwise dreary Tuesday afternoon, La Cieca hopes the cher public will all be figuratively glued to their PCs and Macs for a live web telecast of Werther from the Opéra-Bastille.

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The progress of a rake diverges

“I should make it clear here that neither have I married anyone with a beard nor have I ever murdered anyone. However, it was at this juncture in the early Noughties that my life hit rock bottom.” [The Times]

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The smooth and the rough

Snippet from yesterday’s Carmen telecast.

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