Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • lastregamarzapane: I share that soft spot with you, Grane. Yes, Sills was vocally past her best, but she... 9:52 AM
  • Cicciabella: Publishing rehearsal clips before things have gelled is not a great idea. The choreograpy in... 9:41 AM
  • Krunoslav: Plus, as Valencienne, Commonwealth artist Glenys Fowles, far and away the worst Micaela and Oscar... 9:24 AM
  • NPW-Paris: I like her too. Saw her as Lucia and Lucrezia Borgia, in both cases at the Cirque Royal in... 9:20 AM
  • Krunoslav: Let’s not forget DIANA VON SOLANGE! Metropolitan Opera House January 9, 1891 United States... 9:15 AM
  • Grane: I have a soft spot for the recorded City Opera production with Alan Titus and Bubbles, although she... 9:06 AM
  • messa di voce: Yes, based on a 4 minute rehearsal room clip of a show that hasn’t opened, it’s... 9:03 AM
  • Cicciabella: Nice review. James Rutherford always seems to make more than a good impression. He was excellent... 9:03 AM
  • la vociaccia: Tezier seems too smart..to play the evil mastermind responsible for the entire plot?... 9:00 AM
  • NPW-Paris: La Monnaie’s was good too – spectacular when the locomotive came crashing through the... 8:57 AM

Words to the heat of deeds to Colbran gives

A mite over-enthused at Joyce DiDonato’s Willow Song from Rossini’s Otello (and it is a glorious aria, and she did sing it gorgeously) and perhaps a-dither at the profusion of faux-Scottish opera at the Met and elsewhere, a young friend messaged me to ask if I knew Rossini’s Macbeth. Confusion (and Rossini) now hath made his masterpiece.   Read more »

“Rachel, please, it can’t matter to you!”

Finally the mystery has been solved: glamorous Joyce DiDonato and mousy Rachel DiDonato (pictured, left to right) are really the same person! No wonder the New York Times copy desk was so confused! Read more »

In witch we serve

Countless episodes of Oprah and other programs of that ilk have dwelled on stories of women living in denial about their relationships. Unsurprisingly, many operas also deal with this phenomenon, one I was repeatedly reminded of during Sunday afternoon’s intermittently involving concert performance of Handel’s Alcina at Carnegie Hall starring an unusually intense Joyce DiDonato as a powerful sorceress blinded by her romantic delusions.   Read more »

Stella

Stella for star!

Tonight, Joyce DiDonato will perform the music from her new album Stella di Napoli at the Gowanus Ballroom.

Read more »

Stella di Napoli

The lady’s a star

I just arrived back from Stella di Napoli’s.

Read more »

joyce_last

Stella di Gowanus

Joyce DiDonato will launch her new “Stella di Napoli” CD with a intime performance in partership with LoftOpera at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn.

Read more »

stuarda_amazon

Red queen

Joyce DiDonato is taking her Mary Stuart on the road, so to speak.

Read more »

ory_amazon

Count me in

The legions of New York opera buffs who now can’t talk about anything but Javier Camarena will be happy to know that there’s now a DVD release of their new favorite tenor in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory available.

Read more »

Cendrillon -Jules Massenet, Juilliard

Ash Wednesday

Joyce, Javier and now Julia—this week these three remarkable Js brought New York City memorable “Cinderella stories.”

Read more »

cenerentola_2

Goodness had everything to do with it

The Met stage was filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season.

Read more »