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  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Yes……. 5:52 PM
  • kashania: Those low notes are frightening! One of my favourite Callas recordings is Santuzza which she... 5:47 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I didn’t get Elisabeth Schwarzkopf for the longest time. My first recordings of... 5:41 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Well, in her very early days, even the voice itself was truly remarkable. Hear the phenomenal... 5:39 PM
  • PetertheModest: I quite like her Tatiana, and if I’m a bit tired, I can close my eyes and just listen... 5:24 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. Callas’ singing was more beautiful than the voice itself. 5:20 PM
  • alejandro: I didn’t get Netrebko until I saw her live. I found her voice too heavy and thick when I... 5:19 PM
  • kashania: Dying well is an important skill! :) 5:19 PM
  • kashania: I agree that Massenet’s Manon highlights the youthfulness of the character more. But the... 5:17 PM
  • grimoaldo: Like everything else, “you had to be there to ‘get’ so and so” is a matter... 5:15 PM

Jersey girl

When has one “made it?” La Cieca will tell you when one has “made it.” One has “made it” when one is lampooned by that edgiest of all late-night funnymen, Jay Leno. Read more »

Fire and music

“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love, a new comedy from the Tony-winning writer Joe DiPietro (Memphis), adapted from the Garson Kanin play Peccadillo. Ms. Fleming will play an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies. The show, directed by Kathleen Marshall, is to run July 16 through 26.” [New York Times]

Drama queen

The very first words in this issue are “Renata Scotto will return to the American operatic stage in the 2001 season!” And if just gets more exciting from there!  Casting and repertoire gossip from all over the place; the Top 50 Excuses for Jane Eaglen‘s Isolde; reviews by Dawn Fatale, Qual Cor, Enzo Bordello, Doug Peck, Richard and Peter, Flora Bervoix and The Loge Lizard; Leila de Lakmé pays tribute to Leonie Rysanek, and that notorious “artist’s conception” of Renée Fleming with the nekkid guys in Alcina. [Download Issue #39]

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Oh say can you view

“Tune in to ABC… at 11:00 am EST, when Renée joins the ladies of The View and guest co-host Jay Mohr to talk about her upcoming performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.”

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Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions.

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Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.”

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Plying her trade

“Renowned soprano Renée Fleming demonstrates how she can treat a song like a mini-opera.”

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She is a diamond

“La Cieca cannot imagine it is much fun to sing ‘Dove sono’ when you’re suffering a fresh case of the Reno jumpy-wumps.”

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Tattoo, amore, tu!

Vintage issue #33

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Pick your poison

I think we’re all aware by now of the wicked libel that the French dramatist Victor Hugo concocted about the fair Lucrezia Borgia with his depiction of her as a murderous virago.

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