Cher Public

  • WindyCityOperaman: Also born on this day in 1835 composer Camille Saint-Saëns httpvh://www.youtu 7c_z806c 7:32 PM
  • Sempre liberal: I was wondering if Draculetta would surprise us. Heard Angela sing Amelia last decade, and she knocked my socks off. As... 7:25 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: I saw this very production in 1977 and loved it. Perhaps when I see it next week I’ll go back in time and be 38... 7:23 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Cami, sweetest, it was the 1970s, and I was blessed with thick thighs and muscular calves (still got ‘em!),... 7:15 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Well, Wolframs-Eschenbac h has more or less carried the day on the basis of certain nearby areas mentioned in the works and... 6:59 PM
  • LT: Yasss! 6:58 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Thank you very much. 6:57 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Curious, what do you use to refer to male singers you don’t like? Bastard? Just want to make sure this isn’t... 6:55 PM

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 »


“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.