Cher Public

  • Angelo Saccosta: Very well said, Chris, as always. Thank you. Mascagni’s connection and friendship with Puccini become more and more... 6:42 AM
  • La Cieca: Surely the custom of little or no applause after the first act had at least some basis in the way the act ends, i.e., very... 6:03 AM
  • 98rsd: LT…i don’t know how old you are, but the Publicans have been drumming up fake Clinton scandals for decades, from... 5:38 AM
  • 98rsd: What a surprise…a Trump voter who, first, injects race into the topic–and then thinks slavery is no big deal! 5:28 AM
  • LT: This years’ Operalia final took place Sunday. It seems that it was a very inconspicuous edition since no one is talking about... 12:37 AM
  • Krunoslav: Favorite Kundry on records? Martha Moedl. I also greatly liked four that I have seen onstage: Christa Ludwig, Tatiana... 11:42 PM
  • Krunoslav: My first Met PARSIFAL in 1977 had practically no applause after Act One, and as a “knowingR 17; student I thought... 11:37 PM
  • PCally: Out of curiosity, who is your favorite Kundry? 11:08 PM

The chopping block?

Chopping block“After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met: in the 2017-2018 season alone, he’s booked for Bellini’s Norma and Puccini’s Tosca, with Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur down the line.” [Observer]

Between the conception and the creation between the emotion and the response

So finally we can see what the Robert Lepage Ring would have looked like if only the Machine hadn’t been totally fucked. Read more »

Plank your lucky stars

You Wagnerians out there (and you know who you are!) who are so busily either enjoying this season’s Ring cycle (or, perhaps, not so much) maybe be fascinated and/or appalled to hear that the next scheduled appearance of the Met’s production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be. What we know, after the jump. Read more »

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Avec la participation exceptionnelle de La Machine

La Cieca is always delighted when Met stars “cross over” into more popular genres of entertainment.

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Requiem for a dream

Last night, La Cieca finally got around to watching that documentary about the rocky road to the new Ring at the Met, and she has a thought or two about this whole brouhaha.

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I enjoy being a valkyrie

So, take a look after the jump and tell La Cieca the two things that are wrong (they’re related) about the cover of the Met’s new Ring DVD/Blu-ray.

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The Wurm turns

The Met’s controversial Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage (not pictured) and conducted by TBA (possibly pictured) makes its home video debut on September 11.

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Planks, for the memory

The Robert Lepage production of the Ring cycle will be shown complete (including the now de rigueur fifth part of the pentalogy, Wagner’s Dream) September 11-14 on PBS

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You got a brand new key signature

You can call Robert Lepage many things (and the critics have!), but one thing you cannot call him is “inflexible.”

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When Divas Collide II: Mad Men Edition

To kick off this week’s intermission feature, cher public, La Cieca invites you to imagine who said what to whom to make two legendary ladies laugh so lustily?

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