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  • laddie: Thank you Flora. I do like Christy but sometimes she has intonation issues that I find hard to tolerate. I am looking forward to... 3:32 PM
  • Camille: I see. Thanks for the info re Studer The Steber is only in large bleeding chunks, at least as I know it, anyway and am unsure as... 1:37 PM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Laddie, you must have heard Christy in the Menotti ‘comedy,R 17; The Last Savage in 2011. As I recall, she... 1:17 PM
  • Camille: Splendid singing from both Jamie Barton and Russell Thomas in their scene together. No problem whatsoever for this girl with the... 1:16 PM
  • Camille: Don’t we have any on-site reporters at Bayreuth yet to dish the latest dirty laundry? I am just dying to hear more about... 12:41 PM
  • Camille: So has she. Take along a big box of Kleenex and you can both sneeze it off together to possibly find your way to Grant Avenue... 12:37 PM
  • m. croche: Would love to pay a call on Madame Sosostris, but I have a bad cold and would hate to pass it on to her. 12:24 PM
  • laddie: Tonight is opening night for Santa Fe Opera, La fille du Regiment with Anna Christy and Alek Shrader. I haven’t heard much... 12:21 PM

Dog bites man, part infinity

“The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.” Read more »

Danielle fires back

The leading lady of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of La Calisto has taken to the Twitters to respond to the recent discussion of her comments about Miley Cyrus. Read more »

Hurling

It shouldn’t take you but a moment to find the great huge clunking error of fact in this Vanity Fair profile of Joyce DiDonato. And that publication is usually at its best when discussing dead rich people!

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Time, after time

In breaking news today, Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister…

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Not bad for a human

Cher public, La Cieca must inform you that the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Michael Kaiser (right), is afraid of you (left). “This is a scary trend,”  says he. [via Huffington Post, of all places to climb on your soapbox about "serious arts criticism."]

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Graeae lady

Bloomberg’s Zinta Lundborg, best known for sharing a single eye and a single tooth with Manuela Hoelterhoff, overlooked the opera on Wednesday night and instead reviewed the PR for Dark Sisters. When a man writes like this, we call it “bitchy,” so when a woman does it, can’t we call her “dickish?”  

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Vivremo insiem, e morremo insiem!

The truth, at last: “By Manuela Hoelterhoff and Zinta Lundborg” [Bloomberg]

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Tales of the Dresden version

“As the flirtatious Musetta, American soprano Takesha Meshe Kizart won the audience’s hearts with the charm and flair of her personality and a potent upper register, including some formidable high C’s for her Waltz Song.” [AP]

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No cure for the common scold

Every time La Cieca says she’s through once and for all reading Norman Lebrecht, that middlebrow minstrel of the maestro myth soars to new heights of noisomeness. This time (yet again) it’s about how utterly callous those silly opera singers are for canceling (imagine!) when they’re too sick to sing.  

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Together wherever we go

La Cieca must say that, for a chick, Katharina Wagner sure doesn’t talk much. But perhaps her reticence is something of a blessing, since it prevents her from spouting such facile generalizations as “…’Die Meistersinger,’ Hitler’s favorite Wagner opera.”  

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