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  • lyrebird: For very personal reasons — the concert was a midnight Gala at ROH with all proceeds including broadcast and record... 5:56 PM
  • Poison Ivy: anttikk how was the Tosca yesterday???? 5:50 PM
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  • antikitschychick: wow, Anna Moffo looks gorgeous here. It’s stylized but I don’t think a beautiful woman singing a beautiful... 5:24 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Some vintage ’78 Donizetti: I love the speed of this patter: httpv://www.youtub FyYMPgk Listen to... 5:03 PM
  • tiger1: “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a bass transpose “La Calunnia” down a step, but that is just what happened here on... 4:48 PM
  • mrsjohnclaggart: Confrontation Scene, Sills, Galvany gossiped about for a long time. It was said the ladies had had a REAL confrontation... 4:27 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Goodness me, I’m honoured. Thank you very much. 4:26 PM

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]

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. History tells us she was merely a lovely pawn in the Machiavellian machinations of her family’s ambitions and most decidedly not the siren serial killer that Hugo’s play conjures.  Still, the story stuck and who could blame Gaetano Donizetti for rushing in and setting the blood-chilling tale for La Scala by the end of the very same year of the play’s premiere abetted by a libretto adapted by Felice Romani?   Read more »


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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Even smiling makes my face ache

You might even call it “fun.”

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