Cher Public

  • parpignol: how precise is Poulenc when specify in the score the sound of the guillotine for the final scene? I thought at Caramoor it was... 6:47 PM
  • LT: So this year there won’t be any broadcast at Lincoln center on opening night in order to save money. Only at Times Square 6:37 PM
  • La Cieca: Hard to say. Apparently in the real-life incident, the sisters all sang the “Veni, creator.” Of course in real life... 6:26 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: Could be. I had not thought of that. It could be both. Poulenc: “How in hell am I going to be able to set these... 6:12 PM
  • ducadiposa: Likewise a 20% off offer has been sent out for her Toronto recital next Friday. I have my ticket – the last time I heard... 6:08 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: I find this comment very interesting because it seems like religion and the existence of a god is the great barrier that... 6:08 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well I’m sad that this seems to be curtains for Popsy’s career. I always did like her a lot. Very problematic... 5:52 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: I agree with you, but can you tell an international level singer (let’s say Christine Opolais) that although she... 5:49 PM

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 »

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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