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  • Cocky Kurwenal: Very good performance – even the trills! It sounded a little pressed in places but then it’s dramatic... 1:41 PM
  • mercadante: Looking closer at the video, she looks beautiful. But that v neck caftan and earrings are unflattering , make her look bigger... 1:34 PM
  • JohninSeattle: “There are audience members on the sides of the stage. Were they pre-selected with catheters in their tuxes so they... 1:27 PM
  • mercadante: I love the direction she’s going: Gioconda, Aida, Trovatore, Mefistofele are all great for her dark spinto voice and her... 1:26 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Ramon Vinay was very fine in Othello and Tristan. 1:14 PM
  • mercadante: There’s no such thing as bad regie, just regie you don’t yet understand. 1:09 PM
  • Greg.Freed: AND ANOTHER THING… 1:08 PM
  • Buster: The stage designer deserves a mention: visual artist Joep van Lieshout: http://www.designb oom.com/design/joe p-van-lieshout-... 12:57 PM

Lions, shared

La Cieca is delighted to announce that the video of the Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Poliuto will be streamed beginning Sunday, August 16th at noon EDT.   Read more »

Paris original

Another month, another La Traviata release on video. This performance was culled from the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival and is in many ways the performance of La Traviata that you would get if you took all the major Traviata productions from around the globe and averaged them. The performance doesn’t feature spectacular performances but since none of them are outright bad they round off to “extremely professional and competent.”

Director Tom Cairns’ production and Hildegard Bechtler’s designs follow recent Traviata trends without adding any original touches: vaguely modern-dress, “timeless” non-descript sets, and rather cold person-regie between the opera’s three protagonists. The curtain rises on a modern salon that nonetheless has a chandelier and some other trappings of elegance that would be more true to the demi-mondaine life than the modern high-class escort.   Read more »

Transatlantic

For those of you who are following these things, Michael Fabiano is currently in London. Read more »

Gheorghiu

Moon and stars

One of the major complaints about the five year casting system (as well as the shared productions by different companies) is that operatic events are rarely surprises anymore.

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Boheme SF 1

La vie de broham

Imagine the good fortune of attending La Bohème with someone who’s never seen it!

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Michael Fabiano portrait

Top of the heap

You will be happy to hear that Michael Fabiano was the unrivaled star of the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala tonight.

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Stubble in paradise

Tenor Michael Fabiano reportedly tore the place down tonight at WQXR’s Greene Space.

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Stolta Paura

Open mike night

Some very clever casting indeed in this week’s “Dream Team” competition.

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Together Again

Dream team

In honor of WQXR’s salute to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation next week—featuring Tucker honoree Michael Fabiano and hosted by legendary Renata Scotto—La Cieca invites the cher public to compete for free tickets to the mini-concert.

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Traviata Chat

Fra le tazze più viva è la webchat

Coming up on Sunday, La Cieca (not pictured) will host a live chat during the webcast of La traviata from the Glyndebourne Festival.

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