Cher Public

  • Milady DeWinter: Happy Birthday Alessandra Marc! One of the truly great voices of our time – and a diva who should have had a long... 1:33 PM
  • Camille: Oh thanks SPASIBISSIMO! Honey, I knew you’d be right behind me on that one so I had no fears for the mess I’d create!... 1:25 PM
  • manou: Bolshie – neutral. 1:11 PM
  • Krunoslav: BTW, Camille: Bol’shoi teatr (masculine) Bol’shoe spasibo ( neuter) Bol’shaya Olga ( feminine 1:04 PM
  • Camille: VERY HAPPY Birthday to the BOL’SHOYE Olga! The Best! That Pauline’s Aria will remain in my memory forever. That... 12:32 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Hi Cocky – you are ao right about Barton – all the best sound is in the lower half of the voice. I just... 12:27 PM
  • danpatter: I guess I’m a hopeless romantic/sentiment alist. The ARABELLA finale never fails to get to me. I like this opera even... 11:22 AM
  • redbear: It was absolutely clear to me that Castorf was deliberately making fun of and emphasizing the banality of the story and I cannot... 10:09 AM

High concept

Well, my dears, if you thought Frank Castorf‘s Ring and Stefan Herheim‘s Meistersinger were outré, then wait until you get a load of the radical take on Don Carlos by Peter Stein for the Salzburg Festival!   Read more »

Geherheimnishehr hallt mir dein Wort

It’s not a sure thing, only a “perhaps,” but it’s the most exciting Regie news La Cieca has heard all season. According to an interview with Alexander Pereira, intendant of the Salzburg Festival, published in the current issue of Opera magazine, this summer’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by parterre fave Stefan Herheim “will also go to Paris and, perhaps, New York.” Read more »

Kaufmänner

“Taking the libretto’s description of ‘panther-like’ literally, Bacchus appears in a shiny leopard-print suit (well, close enough) and proceeds to creep up to Ariadne like a shy housecat.”  Veteran blogress Zerbinetta (pictured, left) was right there for the Salzburg Festival’s gala Ariadne auf Naxos and the two-tenor version of La boheme, and reviewed both productions for the website bachtrack.