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  • antikitschychick: not ‘an app’ but several in fact. 3:33 PM
  • antikitschychick: They now have an app for the on Demand. I downloaded it yesterday :-D. 3:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yep. I’m quite an advocate for Met on Demand- it’s really very good value for the library you get access to. 3:27 PM
  • Patrick Mack: The only reason the Met spreads out some of their telecasts to two dvd’s is so the bit rate his high and the they get... 3:24 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: I never thought that Madagascar was such an opera loving locale! The things you learn! Kidding aside, La Cieca’s... 3:11 PM
  • antikitschychick: thank you DDS :-). I appreciate your kind words and the fact that you read my post(s) (long doesn’t quite cut it... 2:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: Muffins with marmite and a coffee. 2:53 PM
  • La Cieca: I don’t think anyone is selling opera DVDs at $50. A lot of the Met new releases are done on two discs because of the... 2:52 PM

La luce è fatta muta

On this day in 1977, Maria Callas left this world.  Do you remember where you were?   Read more »

The girl with the Onassis tattoo

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been named as star of a film biography of Maria Callas to be directed by Niki Caro, reports Variety. Read more »

The artist is delusional

Marina Abramovic plans to start filming her ‘Seven Deaths’ project next summer, 25 years after she first conceived the idea of playing her heroine, the opera singer Maria Callas [not pictured]. In the seven short videos, the artist takes on the role of Callas performing the death scenes of seven operas, including Carmen, Tosca, Madam Butterfly and La Traviata.”[The Art Newspaper]


Listen like a pirate day

In honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to share reminiscences (and, where applicable, YouTube clips) of your favorite pirate recordings.

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Callas Edition

Divina, deconstructed

“The sensation is that you are actually right there in the studio with Callas herself.”

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Voce di donna o d’angelina

With all due respect to Meryl Streep, there is only one actress currently active in film qualified to play Maria Callas.

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The winner takes it all

It had to happen sooner or later: Meryl Streep will play Maria Callas.

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Stairway to heaven

Once again, beloveds, we approach the Milanese shrine that simultaneously attempted to  cultivate and destroy the career of Maria Meneghini Callas.

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Their master’s voice

One of Mike Richter‘s most spectacular achievements was the remastering and digitization of the complete master classes conducted by Maria Callas at the Juilliard School in 1971-1972.

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Il sacro fuoco

Here’s recent Met debutante Liudmyla Monastyrska in that ultimate “furibonda” role, Abigaille in Nabucco.

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