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  • PCally: mrsjohnclaggart, I have seen both this and her broadcast from Baden Baden, where this met production originally premiered.... 11:22 PM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: @coloraturafan – enthusiastic + 1, having seen MS three times this season and having been transported by multiple... 10:56 PM
  • zinka: I must sincerely apologize to La Cieca, who used to be crazy about me, for lowering myself when I answer someone like this. Not... 10:48 PM
  • atomicwings: You have to wonder what the geniuses at the Philadelphia Orchestra were thinking when they hired him. 10:36 PM
  • Batty Masetto: He was pretty unsure of himself in Act I but seems to have settled in now. 10:35 PM
  • Krunoslav: http://tinyurl.com /j53fxjo 10:34 PM
  • messa di voce: I hear nothing that indicates that Alagna doesn’t know the role. 10:32 PM
  • marcello52: I understand the need regarding the economics of it all. Folks might want a refund with a random on stage but surely there... 10:30 PM

Politically deflect

“A few weeks after the opening night of Otello in New York, The Washington Post convened a group of African–American opera singers to discuss the issue. Not surprisingly, there was agreement on one thing: using makeup to color the face of a white singer playing Otello isn’t a problem.” [Opera News]

A boom with a view

“It’s in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ section of the Lady Gaga issue, involving Brian Mitchell, archivist and occasional child wrangler with the Houston Grand Opera.” The Wall Street Journal interviews “Opera’s Other Booming Voice,” F. Paul Driscoll (not pictured).

Winged victors

Has it really been nine years? Well, apparently it has, because the winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed. Congratulations to director Patrice Chéreau, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, bass-baritone James Morris and soprano Nina Stemme (not pictured)!   Read more »

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You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic.”

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F. and Furious

Has it been a year already? Apparently so.

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Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history.

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Felicity Palmer as The Countess in Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades."

The sorrowful précis

Brian Kellow‘s “Coda” piece in the current Opera News, summarized: “I’m so cranky that even namedropping has lost its thrill.” (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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Apotheosis

The bestowal of a bouquet of accolades upon James Levine is unsurprisingly the main thrust of the current Opera News (why, after all, should this month be different from any other in the rag’s 75 year history?) and given the plum of penning this poetical posy is the horticulturally apt writer Scott Rose, “author of the novel Death in Hawaii.” In this encomium—for which the adjective “fulsome” is altogether too mild a description— Mr. Rose winnows down what was what La Cieca supposes was in the most literal sense a list of  “countless memorable moments” to a mere 40 of [...]

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Don’t leave home without it

Congratulations to Opera Chic, named “Essential Opera Blogger” in the current Opera News by a panel consisting of Brian Kellow and Tristan Kraft. 

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Oh, how we danced on the night we were webbed

Lots of media news today, so let’s not waste any time! La Cieca congratulates Opera News on the occasion of the mag’s 75th anniversary this month, though your doyenne is willing to swear that the mag doesn’t look a day over 60! 

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