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  • moi: Urmana and even Frittoli have been two major voices in this century, w others 2:49 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Oh, Marianne. Be thankful for being spared the visual. The sounds of those guys stomping around during Alfio’s number... 2:45 PM
  • parpignol: is Elsa van den Heever having fun or is she having fun? 2:44 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Frittoli? Yikes! The first time I recall hearing her was in 2002 as Mozart’s Contessa (with Muti).... 2:38 PM
  • LT: Nice to hear that there are no new revelations for Frittoli on the character of Nedda during her first ever staged performances of the... 2:36 PM
  • antikitschychick: @armerj: yeah not the term itself, but the concept and how it is usually employed, esp from what I’v observed here... 2:35 PM
  • manou: Certainly hope you are not nobbling any Austrians Jungfer. Have a nibble instead. 2:32 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: “Too carried away?” – wow – are they asking the wrong questions! 2:30 PM

“The cold bothered me, anyway”

“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago. But you can’t blame the polar vortex for the audience’s cool reception of this tuneful but dramatically inert Rossini melodrama.” [New York Observer] (Photo: Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

One for the woad

Ellen Douglas—Elena, if you will; the Lady of the Lake—finds herself in Act II of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the far from unusual operatic position of having her love claimed by two impassioned tenors in the bel canto version of a macho drag race. What is curious about this is her solution: She runs off with the mezzo-soprano. Well, wouldn’t you? The story of the opera’s a bit like Ernani (one of the suitors is a lecherous king in disguise, just as you’d expect), but only if Ernani ended happily, at the end of Act III, say. Read more »

The showgirl must go on

Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump. Read more »


There is something I must do, there is something I must do

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards.

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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.

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The man on the wedding cake

Though at the moment we have no indication that there will be a cast change for the final three performances of La Cenerentola at tha Met, La Cieca does think the group mind should apply itself to the pressing question of exactly wbich tenor will appear in the HD telecast on May 10.

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Someday my prince will come

Javier Camarena will sing the role of Prince Ramiro in the season’s three initial performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on April 21, 25, and 28, replacing Juan Diego Flórez, who is ill.”

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Where the boys are

When Norman Lebrecht is declaring on an almost daily basis that classical music is dead, it’s perhaps heartening that four of today’s prominent tenors have recently released what might be called fluff/vanity albums.

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Winged victors

The winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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