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  • La Cieca: There is also I think an important distinction to be made between what is told on stage vs. what is shown. It is only natural... 11:48 PM
  • Camille: Oh of course it is and thank you, Sanford! I have got the 11th on my mind as an important date because of the Caramoor... 11:40 PM
  • Sanford: Next Friday is July 10th, not the 11th. 11:27 PM
  • vilbastarda: Luvtennis, exactly my feelings. I feel very strongly about this, and powerless in the same time. “Ma voix se... 10:53 PM
  • vilbastarda: Hippolyte, at Caramoor did you attend Philip Gossett’s pre-show lecture? His jaw-dropping erudition, and contagious... 10:47 PM
  • Camille: The phantom disappeared but wait— Here he is again: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=sCYhLLbA Kx4 10:46 PM
  • Camille: Here is Pastiche High Heaven— httpv://youtube/sC YhLLbAKx4 10:40 PM
  • Camille: The 1943 version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy, and the unfortunate Susanna Foster, will be... 10:18 PM

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko‘s latest Verdi role will sound like.   Read more »

Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl!

Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden. The identity of the winner (and of all 13 howling witches) will be revealed after the jump.   Read more »

Ultima voce del mio destino

Long rumored, here it is: Anna Netrebko sings “Suicidio!” from La Gioconda! Read more »

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Monster ball

I have banged on and on about doing an “Abscheulicher” quiz for years.

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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.”

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In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week.

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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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