Cher Public

  • marshiemarkII: Ciao manoucee, mille grazie, unfortunately they did not include the divine Sei tu che piangi, I am obsessed, I must have... 8:55 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Nice to hear from you chikita querida! Oh you must see it in the house, forget about HD, she must be heard live!, one of... 8:43 PM
  • manou: The ML videos work fine on the Met website: http://www.metoper a.org/Season/2015- 16-Season/manon-le scaut-puccini-tick ets/ 8:41 PM
  • LT: A new Handel’s Messiah from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is to be released in a couple of weeks with Yoncheva, Mumford, Villazon... 8:31 PM
  • antikitschychick: oh wow congrats to Alagna on becoming a granddaddy! And good for him that he still has “la fiamma” that... 8:27 PM
  • Lohenfal: I figured that the disappearing link was the result of Met censorship. That wouldn’t have bothered me if their own website... 8:25 PM
  • antikitschychick: thank you for your enthusiastic review Marshie and nice to hear from you! After reading what you have to say I’m... 8:18 PM
  • marshiemarkII: I hope you saw this: http://www.nytimes .com/2016/02/11/ar ts/music/better-ca ll-roberto-alagna- steps-in-to-man... 7:40 PM

Chris and the pirates

Back when I was a good boy, I told my parents that my goal in getting my first job was to earn money for college; however, my real motive was to make my secret wish come true—to be able to consort with “pirates.”   Read more »

Mais nous voyons à nouveau La Carmencita

The opening night of the Metropolitan Opera of September 1972 was supposed to be the dawn of a new era. Sir Rudolf Bing, General Manager, had two years previously ceded to his successor the head of the Royal Swedish Opera Göran Gentele. Bing had made major inroads in his attempts to have opera presented as musical theatre by hiring nearly every prominent stage director who was willing and even some who weren’t. Gentele already had a reputation as a very forward-thinking man of the theatre and his appointment was a profoundly optimistic choice.   Read more »

Herself you shall adore

From an early Mike Richter CD-ROM, “Odd Opera” comes this gem, a live performance of Handel’s Semele at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1985, the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Read more »

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On a clear day you can “C” forever

Of course,  we all know a Marilyn Horne anecdote without a four-letter word is about as plausible as a martini without gin, but the tale that kicks off her Q&A with Zachary Woolfe is particularly bracing. You’ll be both shaken and stirred by this interview in the current Capital New York.

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Horne aplenty

La Cieca has learned that The Metropolitan Opera Guild will pay tribute to  legendary American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (right) on Monday, October 31, when stars, fans of opera, and the cream of New York’s society, business, and civic leaders assemble in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria for the Guild’s 77th Annual Luncheon.

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