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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Sempre L., don’t worry or apologize: I am on my third cocktail. As I... 2:15 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: That being said, Porgy, Cossotto did join the Met for tour performances as... 1:40 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Rob, I am sincerely sorry that you are disappointed by both of my “La bohème”... 1:17 AM
  • Buster: How were the Ewoks? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Jv4t gHh7mBI 1:15 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Rob, I will readily confess that sound on the 1948 “La bohème” is not up to... 1:11 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I love exchanges like this! The best of Parterre in miniature: Opera knowledge shining... 12:13 AM
  • Krunoslav: No, it was this: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=dtJS LZnKCv0 The name, in Russian , is... 11:42 PM
  • Lohenfal: I don’t have any answers to your questions, but they are worth considering. I always give... 11:41 PM
  • rofrano: Ronald Wilford. 11:40 PM
  • messa di voce: “Teresa Zylis-Gara was to appear as Liza” The Met was going to do Lady in the... 11:34 PM

Hung up

What other company indeed but the Bayerische Staatsoper would commission David LaChapelle to photograph Diana Damrau for their portrait gallery? (And, not to put too fine a point on it, what’s the deal with the dead naked guy?) [Flaunt]

Fairy-lit

It was dear Oscar Wilde, wasn’t it, who devised that early mot du jour “Good writers borrow; great writers steal,” an aphorism that has since been borrowed by many. La Cieca will leave it up to the reader to decide whether the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of La traviata ranks as a “good” or a “great” example of idea appropriation; meanwhile she will just sit back and marvel at Francesca Zambello‘s idea that setting Verdi’s opera on an comically oversized silver tea tray beneath an even more comically oversized chandelier might be considered “art” anywhere in the civilized world. (So shiny!) Read more »

falling upward continues

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Francesca Zambello (center), universally critically slammed for her production of The Little Mermaid, has been tapped as director of yet another musical, as if Little House on the Prairie and Rebecca are not enough to keep her busy.  She’s helming First Wives’ Club for a July opening at the Old Globe Theatre in Baltimore San Diego, with a Broadway bow contemplated in the fall. The good news is, the more musical theater Cesca directs, the less opera she gets her hands on. So La Cieca won’t complain.