Cher Public

  • Camille: Just perfekt. An ideal sound for this role and thank you for further acquainting me with her singing, FM. 12:51 PM
  • Camille: And here is another birthday gift—and many happy returns of the day to you—the original Arabella, in the first recording of... 12:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yes, quite. 12:34 PM
  • kashania: Happy Canada Day! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=FmjX KxKf1dU 12:23 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: I think I forget to thank Cieca for winning the quiz. I have been so busy with Festspiele, guests, then my refridgerator... 12:13 PM
  • manou: Ella mi fù rapita! 12:12 PM
  • La Cieca: Your point is textually sound so far as it goes (though one wonders just how much actual sexual agency women who are being held... 12:11 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well yes it can be hot here but certainly there are other cities in Europe that get even hotter like Rome and Barcelona.... 12:10 PM

“I felt the hand of Death”

Oddly enough, Eva Marton‘s interpretation of the Kostelnicka (pictured) goes unmentioned in Issue #38, perhaps because this time around, parterre box the queer opera zine is stuffed to the gills with some of the edgiest content in its history. After leading off with a completely inaccurate gossip item about Sam Ramey, your doyenne discusses Glimmerglass Opera; Gertie Dammerung travels to Munich and Bayreuth; Dr. Repertoire muses on Marta Eggerth, MTV and Carlo Bergonzi; Leila de Lakmé appreciates Leyla Gencer; and, bestest of all, Opera Snooze! [Download Issue #38]

Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes that, curiously, seems to inspire such absurdly hyperbolic statements as “The role has been a magnet for many great sopranos—Ponselle, Milanov, Callas, Sutherland, to name a few—and after last night Radvanovksy can add her name to the list.”

Thus your doyenne now graciously offers an audio example of “greatness,” including ferocity of attack, nobility of fraseggio, crisp rhythm and expressive use of the text… following the jump.   Read more »

double dip of donizetti

On tonight’s episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera, we hear the second act of Donizetti’s Belisario. But we won’t hear Leyla Gencer during this act, as her character remains offstage for the duration. However, La Cieca has added an extra act of Donizetti (with la Gencer onstage the whole time!) as bonus.

Hear it after the jump. Read more »