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  • ML: Wouldn’t know where to begin! About this case, platinum to gold is likely. Question is, what... 3:54 AM
  • La Cieca: Honestly, show me where my arguments have been black/white. In this case I think the concessions... 3:09 AM
  • ML: Pot calls kettle black. If this becomes a 12-month conflict, “Parterre Box presents La Cieca”... 2:39 AM
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  • Stefan: There have been many unpleasant things said by all parties – management, unions and on here... 1:42 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s unfortunate just how aggressively major orchestras try to sell that angle of the War... 1:37 AM
  • La Cieca: Tell me more about your black-and-white, either-or, completely binary view of the world. 1:22 AM
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  • Donna Anna: We saw the LOC Manon with Dessay and Kaufmann; both were wonderful. Dessay’s Manon was... 12:28 AM

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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