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“Senza rancor”

The winds of change sweep across the first post-9/11 issue of parterre box, the queer opera zine. Glimmerglass Opera is in a slump, Mark Adamo talks to Our Own JJ about his new opera Little Women, a passel of pundits predict the highlights of the 2001-2002 season, Hans Lick goes to Zagreb, La Cieca dresses up Renée Fleming… and Ira Siff closes shop on the legendary La Gran Scena Opera Co. di New York. Things indeed would never be the same. [Download Issue #47]

See note. Note? … Note!

It says here in this book...“Adamo [not pictured] spent a year researching the story, and poured his learning into his libretto. It has 116 footnotes.” [NPR]

“You will, Cieca, you will!”

le_mot_du_jour_full“The L.A. Phil’s new season is up, too, and the big news there is (for me anyway) the premiere of a new sacred oratorio by John Adams, entitled The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Maybe he gave it that title to distinguish it from a forthcoming work by Mark Adamo.

“What? No, I meant because Mark Adamo’s writing The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the San Francisco Opera! Why, what ‘mary’ did YOU think I was referring to?” [Daniel Stephen Johnson]

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i can always put that award where my heart ought to be

Cher public, La Cieca begs you to consider yourself among the little people to be thanked as your doyenne accepts the award for “Best Overall Classical Music Coverage in a Blog or Newspaper” as awarded by artsjournal’s Life’s a Pitch.  La Cieca is honored to be recognized among so eclectic a group of honorees as Mark Swed, Nico Muhly, Pink, Angela Gheorghiu, Mark Adamo and Anne Midgette. And now for the asterisk: La Cieca shares the award with Opera Chic, the “one” in the “one-two punch” noted by the group who voted upon the, uh, “Pitchies” or whatever they’re called.

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