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  • Poison Ivy: And I ask this because when I saw the POB (they came to NYC two years ago) the casting was... 7:58 PM
  • Poison Ivy: While we’re at it does the POB attract a similar young crowd? Or does ballet/dance attract... 7:54 PM
  • oedipe: BTW, the ONP has just published its 2013 accounts. It seems that the average age of the audience last... 7:47 PM
  • steveac10: Unless you’re a once in a generatio artist, is it really possible to get more than a golf... 7:39 PM
  • oedipe: Not the prettiest high notes, but they were there and well projected. Unfortunately, she didn’t... 7:37 PM
  • fletcher: Thanks for the info, oedipe. As for the audience being young, I think you’re right to credit... 7:35 PM
  • -Ed.: See? Better to wear an emerald necklace, like I do. Emeralds do not countenance vulgar clutching. At... 7:31 PM
  • Poison Ivy: How was Urmana’s top in Isolde? Last time I heard her she definitely had problematic high... 7:22 PM
  • Clita del Toro: I heard only parts of Puritani last night: additionally, the clip from the Met and several... 7:17 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: jacquino: I always make a point to review Ms. Racette’s bosom when I cover her... 7:04 PM

Anna engaged? No.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Anna Netrebko says that she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are not engaged. The soprano further “asks that people please respect her wish to keep her private life private.”   Read more »

Woman on the verge

Anna Netrebko sings “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera, Riccardo Muti conducting. Read more »

It’s today!

La Cieca’s spy informs her that the Met will make its 2014-2015 season announcement at 6:00 PM today.   “Wednesday evening.”

Anna Netrebko

Single lady

Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have amicably ended their relationship after six years because of their “demanding schedules and the resulting constant time apart.”

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scuderi

Old testament

La Cieca hears that the Ravinia Festival in 2014 will do a novel take on Strauss’s Salome, setting the work in Milan’s celebrated “Casa di Riposo per Musicisti Giuseppe Verdi.”

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cowardly

Ancient German virtue of bravery gone missing

In a press release, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf has announced the cancellation of its controversial new production of Tannhäuser.

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anna_lady

The lady in question

… is Anna Netrebko, performing “Vieni, t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth at tonight’s opening gala at the Mariinsky.

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anna_onegin

Red letter day

“Her letter scene was glorious, and her final meeting with Onegin beguiling. Netrebko leaves nothing to be desired vocally and is a consummate artist as well.”

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odd-couple

What becomes two legends most?

On the final night of her farewell engagement at the Café Carlyle, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch took a few questions from the audience.

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dutch_boy

The Met in 2013-2014, a more copious leak

Following up on last night’s information dump of the (overdue?) Met season announcement for 2013-2014, La Cieca has obtained a somewhat more detailed rundown.

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