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  • Poison Ivy: Except the article didnt talk about any of her struggles beyond what was normal for a young struggling singer. Certainly not... 12:10 PM
  • La Cieca: Prévost writes “… j’en avais une autre du côté des Anglais qui ont, comme nous, des établissements dans cette... 11:59 AM
  • LT: In the comments section of the article, the author writes “Okay, I’ll respond. This woman got beaten on the street, lost... 11:58 AM
  • Cicciabella: Why am I a person who can’t go without sleep? I’d have loved to have listened to this last night, and, now,... 11:52 AM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks for sharing that piece Marshie. I dont blame her at all for having conflicted views about her image. I certainly... 11:49 AM
  • Krunoslav: Yes– in French, even, back in school. Very interesting. It’s told from the recollective perspective of the older,... 11:49 AM
  • Lohengrin: I think I should read the novel once more. Did You read it? 11:39 AM
  • SilvestriWoman: MTT isn’t shabby in the least, but it’s hard to believe he’s only a year younger than Levine –... 11:38 AM

The shock of the new

“The article also referred imprecisely to offerings in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2012-13 season. While A Streetcar Named Desire, by André Previn, is the only one that was composed in the last 100 years, the company will also present Richard Strauss’s Elektra, which was first performed in 1909. Thus it is not the case that A Streetcar Named Desire is the only opera in the company’s season ‘from the last century’ if ‘the last century’ is taken as a reference to the 20th century.” [New York Times]

The lady of the lake

renee_locLa Cieca has been alerted to be on the lookout later this afternoon for an announcement that Renée Fleming will take on an important administrative position at Lyric Opera of Chicago. It’s not precisely “directa,” but something more comparable to Placido Domingo‘s erstwhile post at Washington National Opera. Anyway, by this afternoon we’ll have a clearer idea of this development’s true heft.

Un wallow in maschera

ballo-chicagoChicago’s opera community has been abuzz about this production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera ever since the 2010-11 Lyric Opera season was announced.  A sumptuous production owned by San Francisco opera, major female stars, a solid male cast of experienced Verdians, and stage direction by the legendary Renata Scotto—what more could one ask?   Read more »

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puppy on a hot tin roof

La Cieca cannot help losing her heart to a stage director who compares Berg’s Lulu to “early Elizabeth Taylor,” particularly when the regisseur in question is puppylicious Paul Curran. (In this video he’s introducing the opera for his new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago opening in November.) [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/4ebzoFHR8V8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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