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  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: In this production he gets his balls handed to him as a crucifix extends downward and becomes a dildo. I am... 8:46 PM
  • luvtennis1: Patrick – he is not saying that. He holds up the HvK recordings as great “conductor&# 8221; driven recorded... 8:46 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Given the subject of this article, he is probably referring to the WSS at the Hollywood Bowl. Reviews are terrific. I saw... 8:45 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Sorry, dear, but when one is in Bayreuth one need concern one’s self only with dressing for the... 8:43 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I don’t seem to recall anyone mentioning that Dudamel was LOUDLY booed at his Wiener Staatsoper debut... 8:30 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Decca blocks all transmissions of Bartoli’s works at Salzburg unless it decides to release them... 8:25 PM
  • manou: This is a clip from the Orange production which I attended. There are more than 8,000 spectators in the Theatre Antique, and the... 7:52 PM
  • LT: An idea for a regie Nozze – set it in the Clinton household. 6:41 PM

Not only with words, but with lively gestures

Elektra Marton“I will never sing the role again. It was frightful. We were a set of madwomen…There is nothing beyond Elektra. We have lived and reached the furthest boundaries in dramatic writing for the voice with Wagner. But Richard Strauss goes beyond him. His singing voices are lost. We have come to a full stop.”  Read more »

Winter afternoon’s dream

Netrebko in recitalStandard fare threatened to dominate the final weekend of February at the Met: a routinely-cast revival of Cav & Pag plus two recent productions by the house’s favorite Eyre-head. But then there were also two extraordinary opportunities to indulge in divadienst of the “An(n)a-in-excelsis” genus—Saturday offered another chance, announced only 24 hours earlier, to sample Ana Maria Martinez’s unexpected Butterfly, then Sunday afternoon brought Anna Netrebko’s exceptional, sold-out sui generis all-Russian recital.  Read more »

If I had a photograph of you

So, as La Cieca understands it, this Halloween Rene Pape is going as Alice Coote disguised as Simon Le Bon playing The Joker attending a Flock of Seagulls concert.

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Pape music

There is something so very Don Draper about René Pape .

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Macbeth

Hysterical blondeness

Wednesday brought the Met’s “real” season opener, an indelible, indispensable night at the opera: a starry revival of Verdi’s Macbeth crowned by Anna Netrebko’s demented Lady.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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The case of the missing vehicle

La Cieca’s sources tell her that a planned revival of Faust at the Met in the fall of 2014 has been canceled, because who wants to see that ugly thing again, or else the leading lady didn’t feel like singing it, whichever.

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Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

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Ring à la russe

Wagner is becoming an important calling card for Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre.

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Square cut or pear shaped

At tonight’s Faust performance, two events of note: René Pape, upon his re-entrance after the Jewel Song, ad-libbed the spoken line “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The performance, a broadcast, was the basso’s final one of this production.) After this moment of comedy, drama followed at the curtain calls.

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