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  • m. croche: Though I now possess a bearish exterior, I, too, am a brother of Sun Wukong. 3:11 PM
  • redbear: Just found more on this in the Guardian. A commenter mentioned that the last time we saw her at the opera, she was shot on the... 2:57 PM
  • chicagoing: Ms. Racette received an enthusiastic ovation for her Elle in La Voix Humane this past Saturday night at Chicago Opera Theatre.... 2:55 PM
  • redbear: I may have come in second, but the other guy came in next to last! 2:51 PM
  • manou: I am a Monkey! 2:36 PM
  • m. croche: Not sure whether anybody has yet mentioned the Lunar New Year. If not, to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I’ll share... 2:35 PM
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  • chicagoing: I was able to tune in for quite a bit of the opening night broadcast of Der Rosenkavalier, and although I have complained... 2:08 PM

Plying her trade

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

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.”

In the December 1998 issue of parterre box, your doyenne muses on Renée Fleming and Aprile Millo; Our Own JJ reviews a recording of the Callas master classes; Enzo Bordello, Dawn Fatale and Nakamura Akira chime in from three continents; Roy Wood gushes over Kathleen Battle; and Dr. Repertoire dissects Cinderella and Company. [Download Issue #34]

Tattoo, amore, tu!

In vintage issue #33: La Cieca gossips about Dr. Jonathan Miller, Renée Fleming‘s Lucrezia Borgia, a weekend at Glimmerglass and New York Grand Opera in Central Park; reviews by Andrew Cooper and Dawn Fatale; “La Canzone di Lydia”; the final installment of “Impossible Discs”; Act Two of “A Bitchy Class”; and offbeat recordings selected by Leila de Lakmé. [Download 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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Shocked disbelief

Her appearance is incongruous to this setting.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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Leveraged canard

“Sing on your vocal interest, not your vocal principal!”

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Female on the beach

Christian Thielemann has proved himself to be the preeminent Strauss interpreter of the current generation of conductors and he’s in striking  form here.

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Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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