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  • vilbastarda: I guess it doesn’t apply to royalty, as they don’t choose where to live, God chooses for them. 7:12 AM
  • armerjacquino: It is in plain English. 5:29 AM
  • Porgy Amor: I’ve only seen Shicoff in one production of it, the Carsen on DVD, but he is wonderful there. That is my favorite... 4:28 AM
  • ML: Oh God, Manou, the funniest movie ever made! 2:54 AM
  • le cerf agile: Oh my… Thank you for the recommendation: after a 12-hour day at work, that closed captioning really was a true... 11:16 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Königskinder, sumptuous score. 9:58 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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