Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story. What’s more intrinsically operatic than a musician’s audio-visual dilemma and diegetic, musical externalizations and manipulations of the emotions that accompany it?  Read more »

Le cirque des étoiles

florez berserkOf all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice, particularly with Juan Diego Flórez in the role of tough-as-nails ringmistress Monica Rivers. Read more »

“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 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.

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The showgirl must go on

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

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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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