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  • Lohengrin: That was in München 2010. Scala: JK was Einspringer in the second performance. 10:12 PM
  • phoenix: I’m not so sure. That’s why I’d like to hear Kampe’s 2009 Glyndebourne... 10:09 PM
  • Camille: Remunerative. Sorry, Tristan and Isolde have run me off the rails. O wonderful music! Guten Abend! 9:50 PM
  • Camille: Oh was that Scala? Did not remember. I heard her long before and really liked her, FWIW.... 9:47 PM
  • phoenix: The webcast performance with Kaufmann & Kampe you write about above – I believe was... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: What would Madam Patti have thought about anything? She led a very restricted life and I don’t... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: Sorry, typo nightmare. I am listening to Isolde’s Rache and can’t see straight! 9:42 PM
  • phoenix: I wonder what madame patti would have thought about this 9:40 PM
  • Camille: No, that Fidelio was at the Los Angeles Opera not La Scala. I saw her on the webcast from Wherever... 9:40 PM
  • Camille: O Götter nein, she ain’t no Mödl. That only comes around once in a great while, fm hat I have... 9:37 PM

The sea was angry that day, my friends

finley_metIt’s a sad story, really. Debussy and Maeterlinck had what the kids would call Major Drama over who was to sing Melisande (Mary Garden vs. the person you’ve never heard of) and so Maeterlinck didn’t see Pelleas until years after Debussy had died, so he never got to be like “word!” or, I suppose, “mot!”  Read more »

I would like a waffle

La Cieca preens proudly  to present a peerless pair of protégés (left to right) Squirrel and Maury D’Annato. The bromancers attended (or one should say “took in”) last night’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Met, and as of early this afternoon they were still deconstructing. Read more »

House of Atreus: Fall Collection

mcqueenElektra occupies a special place in the Met’s rep, in a cheap way. It’s no easier to cast than any number of things that inspire well-rehearsed refrains of “put it away for fifty years,”* and really over the last quarter century many a somber compromise has been made in casting. What sets it apart is that folks seem willing enough to lie back and think of Mycenae while Gabriele Schnaut humps the leg of Strauss’ towering score, content to soak in the piece under any conditions.  Read more »

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wedding march

In this, as in so many things, La Cieca follows the lead of friendly firebrand Maury D’Annato. Your doyenne calls on you, cher public, to help defeat California’s Proposition 8, a measure that, according to some legal scholars, could nullify thousands of existing marriages. Even in a best-case scenario, this measure would rob same-sex couples of the right to marriage. Please click on the banner below and, if you can, give generously to the Keep Marriage Legal cause.

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