Cher Public

  • SilvestriWoman: Considering the nudity in the show, that makes sense. Still, if the singers were not forewarned, that would be a serious... 12:16 PM
  • phoenix: Looks like RAI cancelled the supposedly to be Haveman Fanciulla broadcast today – it has been taken off their website... 12:13 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Certainly Yoncheva seems to have developed very quickly in recent years. After first hearing her in Handel I’d... 11:58 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: She and Angela Meade are doing a later series of performances. 11:57 AM
  • Bill: Spiderman – The Vienna Opera already has a new production of Trovatore planned for Netrebko this forthcoming season –... 11:47 AM
  • Laura Amorosa: London wins (Yoncheva), New York loses (Rads) 11:45 AM
  • Sempre liberal: LOVE the Shuffle Along image/ad. Nicely done, Cieca! 11:37 AM
  • la vociaccia: I love Yoncheva and don’t know what to make of this. I hope it’s filmed though. 11:26 AM

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 »


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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