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Cher Public

  • damekenneth: Well, Lotfi never admitted liking men. 5:47 PM
  • operaassport: Probably. 5:42 PM
  • manou: He did sing at the subsequent performances. 5:32 PM
  • MontyNostry: … with an unnecessary British import? 5:03 PM
  • operaassport: Friend doesn’t cast Mimi, he would cast Colline. 4:41 PM
  • manou: Then I am certainly of a certain age. *Sniff* 4:36 PM
  • liza: @ M.Croche: Frankly I have no idea. 4:22 PM
  • almavivante: More on the subject of autobiography: I guess we really can’t expect opera stars to... 4:09 PM
  • Albertine: I should add that I was present on the night but I’ll refrain from commenting on... 3:55 PM
  • Albertine: Gaultier, there have already been several more objective comments in the off- topic discussion... 3:51 PM

Secret Squirrel

squirrel_thumbLa Cieca is happy to note that Our Own Squirrel will be on-site at Symphony Space this afternoon with live breaking coverage of the triumphs and/or scandales associated with the prima of Carmen from La Scala, as seen on HD. Coverage starts here at parterre.com at 11:45 AM.

Opera is a meritocracy

audition_dvdThey want it. The career. They want it really bad.

So we learn from Susan Froemke’s Metropolitan Opera-commissioned documentary about the participants in the final round of the 2007 MetNational Council Auditions, which is out on DVD this month. Our own doyenne reviewed the film when it was screened as an HD theatrical event, and by now many of us know the winners and their work.

Since you are all wondering whether to rush out with $20 in your hands, perhaps a few remarks on the DVD release are in order. Read more »

I am not a hit

nixon_in_chinaThe world needs a lot of things: health care, happiness, homo marriages, peace, prosperity and butterflies. What it doesn’t need is a mediocre “budget” recording of a contemporary opera already satisfactorily recorded with the original cast. Read more »

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Castrata Diva

Cecilia Bartoli’s latest vanity release bucks protocol to present an album heavy on historical concept. The classical recording industry has long feasted on the popularity of operatic solo records, especially during the last few years of industry-wide decline in CD sales. Incidentally, as record companies run out of ways to sell the standard repertoire to collectors who already own it five times, baroque and early opera are also selling well. 

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Random Harvest

The Random Number Generator has spoken, and from the whopping 442 comments offered during the Turandot Chat, the randomly chosen winner of the Cecilia Bartoli Sacrificium CD is #185, as written by….. Our Own squirrel. Congratulations, to you, o little nut-hoarder, and La Cieca asks that you email her a shipping address where your CD may be sent.

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IV on HD

Four of the cher public caught yesterday’s HD presentation of Tosca and have agreed to share their impressions with La Cieca and the rest: “The death of Puccini’s Tosca was much exaggerated, in fact it did not take place.” “After about 34 years of going to the opera, I don’t think I’ve ever left a performance more infuriated than I did after the performance today.” “‘Vulgar’  ‘Totally out of place’  and ‘It had nothing whatever to do with the opera!’ were phrases which constituted a regular refrain.” “I will say this, Mr. Gagnidze looked like one sexy bear in that [...]

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Seeking scribes

La Cieca is looking for members of the cher public who are planning to see either the HD of Tosca on Saturday or the Rosenkavalier prima on Tuesday, and who are willing to write a reaction/critique. Write to her at lacieca@parterre.com. [UPDATE: Lots of volunteers for the HD, thanks! La Cieca still wants to hear from Rosenkavalier attendees and would like to hear suggestions for more events (not just here in NY) that need coverage.]

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All fall down

Our Own JJ (not pictured) nominates the can’t-miss operatic and vocal events of the autumn of 2009. [NYP]

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Acute syndrome

An old clip, from 2005 in fact, but oddly prescient, perhaps. Who knew that Les vêpres siciliennes could sound so much like Verismo? Not the Greatest of E’s (Don’t thank La Cieca; this stunner was sent in by Our Own Kernita Makilla.)

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Attendo, attendo nè a me giungon mai!

La Cieca has to admit that what she thought would be a bang-up notion turned out to be a total damp squib: the “Letter” competition failed to rouse much interest. The sole (albeit very fine) entry follows the jump.

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