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  • Chirper: Speaking of early in the game, I believe the musicians voted to strike about 7 or 8 weeks ago in the... 1:24 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And R. Fleming tested Il Pirata on us in Paris. After that, I thought she’d drop the idea... 1:17 PM
  • peter: Mediation!: http://tinyurl.com /oq87ne4 1:07 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Claycomb is outstanding – and does (or used to) a VERY unusual (but effective) cadenza... 1:06 PM
  • armerjacquino: Ha, Monty. The word ‘Commonwealt h’ is one I only usually ever see on here, so for... 1:03 PM
  • MontyNostry: … and he had sung Pinkerton at ENO in London. (Another of those talented North Americans... 12:58 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Well, Kaufmann barely “opened up” in Act I of Parsifal, and I found it a bit... 12:55 PM
  • La Cieca: The Pinkerton at the Met I think was a “last-minute ” casting change; that is, after... 12:50 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Amneerees, strange, I absolutely adore Bergonzi, and he is one of my all time fav tenors,... 12:47 PM
  • MontyNostry: I think Hymel is a terrific singer, but – if I were a casting director – I... 12:43 PM

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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