Una vittima della sventura

Remember the disastrous 2010 Traviata at the Met, “conducted” by Leonard Slatkin on the opening night (before folding his tent and skedaddling), the one Village Blitherer Brian Kellow admitted he neither heard nor saw, but why did Anthony Tommasini have to be such an old meanie, etc. etc.?  Read more »

You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Our Own JJ (not pictured except in spirit) examines why Bellini’s Norma should be considered “the Everest of Opera.”

Ha vuote le occhiaie – ma pure (e chi il crede?!)

As so often in the past, cher public, “La Cieca ci guarda – la Cieca ci vede!” Today, the New York Times offers the strongest suggestion yet that Cecilia Bartoli will bring her Norma to New York. You will no doubt recall that this event was first foreseen here in a blind item, and then reported last week.

Mimecraft

Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

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The new journalism

La Cieca wishes to extend her heartiest congratulations to that journalistic power couple the da Fonseca-Wollheim-Stephenses.

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There is nothing you can take to relieve this pleasant ache

“There is a water sprite (called a merman by the Juilliard), a witch and other flora and fauna of Czech folklore.”

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Fixture

“When you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop.”

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People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

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The present future

Well, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic. 

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Command-W

“In opera, voice is everything.”

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