Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Among High Stalinism’s millions of 1937 victims: Archpriest Georgi Izvekov, a composer of... 10:24 PM
  • RobNYNY: Liszt was an abbé. 9:39 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Voice teachers today don’t seem to instruct their students in this method always... 9:36 PM
  • basso profundo: “centred around” 9:17 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: others: Agostino Steffani, Giovanni Battista Lampugnani, Manuel de Zumaya, Giovanni... 9:04 PM
  • le cerf agile: A fourth:Lorenzo Perosi. 8:57 PM
  • Will: A second priest/opera composer: Antonio Vivaldi A third: Claudio Monteverdi 8:22 PM
  • armerjacquino: Oooh! I bought that Nancy Tatum Decca CD they released recently, out of sheer curiosity... 8:08 PM
  • CwbyLA: Does anybody know what happened to the blogger Sieglinde’s Diaries? He used to write great... 7:56 PM
  • Uncle Kvetch: Thanks for posting this — I’m a member of Cantori New York, and while we had great... 7:17 PM

Angelina’s ashes

Beloved literary asshole Milan Kundera has a well-developed understanding of kitsch. “Kitsch,” he writes, as if on cue, “causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass!” Kitsch, I would clumsily add, is the second yuk. It says: how nice to be part of the laugh track.   Read more »

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 »

Read more »

falling upward continues

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.

Read more »