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  • kashania: I will. Like you, I haven’t heard Lopardo in years and am really looking forward to hearing... 1:02 PM
  • kashania: Oops, my comment was supposed to go in response operajunky’s comment. I did see Written on... 12:58 PM
  • kashania: Yeah, she’s a low soprano for sure. 12:56 PM
  • jackoh: Allow me to offer a defense of the McVicar Cav, which I liked better than his Pag. In the same... 12:43 PM
  • norma54: Agree with almost everything in the review…. ESPECIALLY the awful, distracting and... 12:40 PM
  • danpatter: I saw the HD telecast, so my perspective is different, of course. I hated the Cav production,... 11:43 AM
  • tatiana: Thanks for another thorough and perceptive review, JJ. I saw this in HD–no real intention to... 11:40 AM
  • Satisfied: Aside: Written on Skin tickets went on-sale today to the general public. Promises to be a... 11:39 AM
  • PCally: I think she’s aware of that because she sings Santuzza, Cassandra, and Didon and recently... 11:39 AM
  • JohninSeattle: The Judith Blegen clip is wonderful. Thanks for that. She was always a personal favorite 11:39 AM

Towards zero

Our Own JJ (not pictured) counts down his 10 favorite New York opera performances of 2013 in the New York Observer. Not that you need encouragement, cher public, but don’t be afraid of offering your own such lists in the comments section.

Steam heat?

Tenor Vittorio Grigolo, easy on the eyes despite the fright wig, is one of the “Hottest Opera Stars Of 2013″ according to Huffington Post. But does he meet the criteria of the highest authority on hotness of them all, namely the parterre consensus? Read more »

You, Midgette

top_ten__waynes_world_Adroit, awesome, autononomous Anne Midgette nominates her Top 10 Classical and Opera Releases of 2010 over at Soundcheck, and, La Cieca thinks to herself, why should Anne have all the fun? What are your favorite opera CDs and DVDs of the year, cher public? (Here are a few reviews to jog your memory.)

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Coronation

Congratulations to Rysanekfreak (pictured), contributor of the best top ten list in La Cieca’s Oughty But Nice competition. The ‘Freak’s somewhat meta compilation was entitled The Top Ten Participants I Have Most Enjoyed Reading on Parterre Box During the Last Decade. Rysanekfreak will receive a $100 gift card from amazon.com. 

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Reminder: Oughty but nice

La Cieca reminds the cher public: you still have one week to come up with a top ten list about the decade from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2009, with the winner taking home a $100 Amazon gift card.

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Ten Rules for Stage Directors

1. DON’T STAGE THE OVERTURE. Surprise: Verdi and Rossini and Wagner Mozart actually worked in the theater most of their lives, so give them credit for knowing that the overture is there to get the audience in the mood, to ease their transition from “outside” to “inside.”

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out there in the dark

La Cieca is putting her entire nest egg into popcorn futures, since next season opera lovers will rarely emerge from their local movie palace. The Met will do an astonishing 11 HD simulcasts during the 2008-2009 season.  Monday, September 22, 2008: Opening Night Gala starring the astonishingly well-preserved Renée Fleming in fully staged performances of La Traviata (Act II), Manon (Act III), and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft support milady; James Levine and Marco Armiliato share the arduous conducting duties. October 11:  Salome with Karita Mattila baring all or, perhaps, near-all. November 8:  Doctor Atomic.  A [...]

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others have greatness thrust upon them

As you may recall, last year the BBC Music Magazine published a list of “The 20 Greatest Sopranos of All Time,” and one or two of you didn’t quite see eye to eye with their selection. Well, this year they’ve turned their attention to the top 20 among tenors, who are (in ascending order of greatliness): 

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