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  • tiger1: I finally saw and heard the Salzburg Trovatore, albeit on youtube so in somewhat sub-standard sound.... 7:37 AM
  • Lohengrin: Therefor Kaufmann only sings in linguages he is well speaking. The very nice Marschallin... 7:05 AM
  • spiderman: I’ve been there yesterday and Netrebkos technical mastery was astonishing. The voice was... 7:02 AM
  • Will: So, one of the great secrets of the theater world is exposed–a huge, elaborate production... 7:00 AM
  • mercadante: I’ve always been kind of ‘meh’ about Netrebko, but this was some of the... 6:58 AM
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  • CarlottaBorromeo: And sometimes they can be broken as Konwitschny proved with 5a – you can stage... 5:27 AM
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Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years, and the World Cup Final was so dull I thought I’d multitask. Apologies for a couple of scary gear changes in the pitch—it’s a mixture of live, vintage and studio recordings.   Read more »

Brotherly love

Again dipping into the rich archive of live recordings remastered and made available by the late Mike Richter, we find this selection from his early disc “Odd Opera 2.”  It’s Bellini’s I puritani, as performed on April 18, 1963 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Read more »

In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week. One of his many exhaustive projects was the mastering and encoding of hundreds of outstanding live opera performances onto CD-ROMs. Following the jump, a tribute to Mike in the form of an excerpt from his “Audio Encyclopedia.” Read more »

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Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes.

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Strike a Posa

It’s just a teensy bit late for Verdi’s birthday, but La Cieca thinks you’ll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public.

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Pardon the expression, but this is a steal

The complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival is now on sale for only $5.99. And, no, I am not making this up.

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Highlight of the gods

Our JJ’s recent reminiscences over at WQXR about the whopping cost of a Ring recording back in the Mad Men era seemed all the more startling to La Cieca when she took a gander at a “new” live Ring offered by our friends at Opera Depot.

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Dead heat

Now the deadline has passed for the Immolation Quiz, La Cieca is happy if a bit puzzled to announce that the result is a tie: two of the cher public were able to identify 23 of the 25 voices in the quiz correctly.

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The lady in question

… is Anna Netrebko, performing “Vieni, t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth at tonight’s opening gala at the Mariinsky.

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Fire down below

The Immolation Quiz now stands tied between two competitors, each of whom has identified correctly 20 of the 25 singers represented.

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