Cher Public

  • La Cieca: there are many many wonderful singers out there today but Gelb and his directors are keeping them out. All right, name a dozen. 5:52 PM
  • StellaDelMarinar: Uh, check the annals, it was Caruso, Destinn, Nordica, Ponselle every night. Caruso sang THREE nights a week. Check the... 5:51 PM
  • StellaDelMarinar: Of the thousands of nights under Bing, Curtis Verna and Baum did not have runs of roles and revivals. They were cover... 5:43 PM
  • StellaDelMarinar: That you were not born then does not negate an excitement that singers created in “under rehearsedR... 5:12 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: YES, WE KNOW, AND WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK ! 5:09 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: How long does this have to go on before it becomes really really really tiresome. 5:07 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Florida Grove Orange Juice (ya know) 5:06 PM
  • Betsy_Ann_Bobolink: Wilson Frickett (ya know) 5:05 PM

Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra!

La Cieca’s familiar spirits have been turning their generally steely eyes to the Future Met Wiki, attempting in vain to make sense of impending repertoire and casting at Casa Gelb. Perhaps you, the cher public, can offer your insights and suggestions the better to fill the many gaping lacunae in their prognostications.   Read more »

Multicolored

Polish singers are chameleons. They have to be. There aren’t enough Polish operas to make a major career, even in Poland, a sizable nation, and if they go abroad, Krol Rogers and Halkas and Straszny Dvors are few and far between. And when did anyone last revive Penderecki’s Devils?   Read more »

Barton glances

I’m giving my age away here by saying that I am unfortunate enough to remember how Rudy Giuliani would sometimes drop by the Met airwaves and claim he was a “huge” opera fan. The most mild inquiries revealed that his knowledge of opera started at La traviata and ended at La bohème. But there is a sizable portion of opera audiences who only like the bread and butter Italian operas, and the annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.   Read more »

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All my Edgardos

Well that’s a terrible place to start a review, and it’s not quite fair to SFO’s Lucia di Lammermoor, but…

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Cieca as fortuneteller

21st century blues

Your doyenne peers into the future, or, to be more accurate, into the Future Met Wiki, to reveal the latest rumors on casting and repertoire.

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Graham

The woman in Greene

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of “WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights,” at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM.

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Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track!

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Bluebeard

Door to door

The Met’s planned premiere of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle was cancelled due to the Great Blizzard That Wasn’t.

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Lohengrin

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

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Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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