Cher Public

  • danpatter: I saw Nancy Shade’s last-minute professional debut in Louisville in 1967. She replaced an ailing Marisa Galvany in... 7:40 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I found them, including the Moffo spaghetti cover! Some of them are hysterically funny: https://www.goo... 6:39 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I somehow remember that spaghetti LP cover. I am really challenging what’s left of my memory here, but... 6:30 PM
  • Cicciabella: Yes, it is, in fact, not the best fit for Magee, but she has a lot to offer. Podles really sings, yes, as does Maureen... 6:26 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Although she sang only a handful of performances at the Met, I am surprised that no one has mentioned Raina... 6:20 PM
  • Cicciabella: You’re all missing the point. The cover is a hint that one day Netrebko will sing the Walküre Brünnhilde, announcing... 6:13 PM
  • Porgy Amor: There are also the familiar pleasures of Leiferkus’s outstanding Tomsky. He is on the Glyndebourne and Kirov DVDs too.... 6:02 PM
  • Krunoslav: Ideally voiced for the role: Tamara Milashkina, especially in the first ( Khaikin) recording, with Anjaparidze and the... 5:59 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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