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The girl can’t help it

Join La Cieca and the parterriani this afternoon for a chat during the premiere of Manon Lescaut from the Bayerische Staatsoper. The broadcast starts at 1:00 PM; check Operacast for available streams.

No! pazzo son! Guardate!

Says a “reliable Italian gossip site,”La cinquantenne Madonna non poteva farselo scappare: la nonna rock è impazzita per Jonas Kaufmann definito il più bel tenore del mondo. Lui è fresco di separazione e la signora Ciccone non aspettava altro: lo ha chiamato con la scusa di un duetto per il suo prossimo disco. Come si fa a dire di no a Madonna? Non è possibile. I due si sono incontrati a Londra per una mostra di Christopher Makos e, secondo gli intimi, sarebbe scattata la passione.” Read more »

A page right out of history

“This is obviously a difficult situation. But who knows Hans New Rock, knows his cool and objective aesthetic decision.” [Kurier]   Read more »

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Speer pressure

One of the things that made François Girard’s 2013 production of Parsifal at the Met so compelling was the way he tried to make the tale of suffering and temptation relevant to a contemporary audience.

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Auto-da-fair

The Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer.

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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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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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That’s entertainment!

The highlight of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2014-2015 season is a new production of Manon Lescaut featuring Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, directed by Claus Guth.

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The cup runneth over

I am grateful to Sony for this new release of the Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of Parsifal and I hope I’m not the only one who discovers what a rich experience this opera can be because of it.

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Writers’ block

The last place you’d expect to find opera at all, let alone good, exciting opera, is in still-scrappy Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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