Cher Public

  • degan: Angie has nothing to do after her performances of Tosca in November so she could jump in, especially if (again) Vargas is replaced... 2:37 AM
  • parpignol: Villazon? 1:21 AM
  • steveac10: I feared that might be the case and that’s just insane from a planning perspective. Sell a season with a TBA in a major... 12:51 AM
  • Sanford: La Cieca did not “babble̶ 1;. I still miss Unnatural Acts Of Opera. She and her trusty sidekick were brilliant. 11:20 PM
  • Gualtier M: Except that Haroutounian may well end up singing the entire run if Popsy cancels. And get the broadcast. Meanwhile the next... 11:11 PM
  • LT: ” I was not consulted in its making, this was done without my knowledge and approval.” This doesn’t sound like... 10:37 PM
  • LT: That’s just great for Haroutounian. Keeping the seat warm for a lesser singer just because the other is supposedly a star.... 10:32 PM
  • Gualtier M: Those Mimi’s are being set aside for the projected return of Marina Poplavskaya who recently had her first child, a... 10:15 PM

Another sloe-eyed vamp

yvonne

“Since its 1987 premiere, this Franco Zeffirelli production has transitioned from breathtaking to tasteless to endearingly camp.” [JJ in NYP]

Statuesque puzzle

La Cieca invites the newly reunited cher public to participate in an archeological dig scavenger hunt puzzle quiz promoting the new “Sacrificium” CD from Cecilia Bartoli.

Ready to play? Well, first you have to answer this question:

Farinelli’s remains were exhumed in 2006 from this cemetery in Bologna?

Most of you surely know the answer, of course, and those of you who don’t certainly know how to google. So, anyway, once you’ve identified the cemetery, you go to the puzzle site, enter that name, and get a piece of the puzzle. Whee!

After that, you may ask Daniel Stephen Johnson for the next clue.

Sex, Lies & Octavian

sexlies

“She was pretty but blank onstage back then, but Tuesday night’s opening performance found her too far the other direction, transforming the ironic, moody aristocrat into a Lifetime movie drama queen.” [NYP]

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Alpine Nile

JJ reviews the Met’s current revivals of Aïda and Il barbiere di Siviglia in the New York Post. Meanwhile, the Times leads with the boos.

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Three quarters of a crazy day

Our JJ‘s review of the Met’s revival of Le nozze di Figaro didn’t make it into today’s New York Post for reasons that you should be able to figure out once you’ve read the piece. At the suggestion of his editor, La Cieca is publishing it here. 

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Non la suspiria, la nostra casetta

“Tosca is no highbrow psychological study — it’s an operatic slasher movie.” [NYP]

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All fall down

Our Own JJ (not pictured) nominates the can’t-miss operatic and vocal events of the autumn of 2009. [NYP]

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Sax change

Notorious cumblogger JJ has finally cleaned up his mess. [New York Post]

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petal pusher

Our Own JJ reviews A Flowering Tree in today’s New York Post.

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a festive burg

“Thrilling musical ideas rapidly alternate with banalities, as if Meyerbeer feared he was writing for an audience with the attention span of a gnat.” Our Own JJ weighs in on Les Huguenots in the New York Post.

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