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  • armerjacquino: If he’s having some kind of minor surgery, there’s nothing sinister here. Well... 2:10 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Yes, but traditionally it’s bad form to do public events when you’re still officially... 1:50 PM
  • messa di voce: Isn’t he still in the time frame when Magic 8 Ball predicted that he would still be sick? 1:43 PM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Late to comment here, but once again great review Ivy. I heard two performances – Apr... 1:35 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Kudos for another wonderful review, Ivy! I’ve run out of superlatives, so a simple... 1:31 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: I remember seeing it and being shocked that it had a happy ending. Back then I just bought... 1:27 PM
  • antikitschychick: thanks for your input Cocky :-D the description you give of the role of Isolde sounds... 1:17 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Also, in some interesting news, Juan Diego Florez is signing CD”s today in Vienna’s... 1:08 PM
  • Jack Jikes: The production was poor in 1976 and is now downright moribund. That not withstanding, I enjoyed... 12:48 PM
  • oedipe: I guess it’s the equivalent of an entrechat-douze Either that, or else it’s the equivalent of... 12:39 PM

O brother, wired art thou?

Shocker of the century! The New York Times reveals that Met singers are miked!* Read more »

The burning Ghars, or Ghats, or whatever they are

Lots of chatter in the British press about the Rowley rowdydow at the Garden, but what interests La Cieca the most is the pictorial evidence that Laurent Pelly‘s production of Robert le Diable looks exactly like a biscuit box.

Beating time

“So meandering and ragged a reading would be alarming at a first rehearsal; for a first night, it was a scandal. During curtain calls, the audience jokingly booed Struckmann’s villain. They should have saved their catcalls for the maestro.” [New York Post]

nikitin

Murder ink

Evgeny Nikitin has withdrawn from the Bayreuth Festival’s new production of Der Fliegende Holländer after a German television program revealed the bass-baritone has a swastika tattoo.

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There will be blood

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is “considering actions to be taken to protect the image of the Foundation of its workers and their audiences” following Fabio Luisi‘s cancellation of his participation in Elektra at that theater in order to make time to help clean up the Levineshchina in New York. [Teatro dell'Opera di Roma]

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Aftermath the ball

Lovely Marina Poplavskaya, arriving at the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier for dinner following the opening night of La traviata, demonstrates that the previous Franco Zeffirelli production has not gone to waste. The latter-day Scarlett O’Hara‘s motto: “Reduce Reuse Recycle!”

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A Noisy Place

Two versions, and it’s hard to say which one is more revolting, of one of the least savory moments in the life of Leonard Bernstein.

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Mehta: “Bondi is shameless”

During rehearsals for the upcoming Rigoletto from Mantova, Zubin Mehta attacks Sandro Bondi, Berlusconi’s Minister of Culture. Mehta is angry, and by his own admission, he becomes “cattivo”, nasty, when speaking about the financial cuts of the Berlusconi government in the opera houses.

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There will be blood

As perhaps you know, if there’s anyone Norman Lebrecht hates more than opera singers and superstar conductors, it’s artists’ managers. So imagine his glee when he got his mitts on an email “leaked… in the dark of night” detailing “the balance of terror that prevails between a soloist and the person who supposedly has his or her best interests at heart…. the stuff of nightmares.” 

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Angel of peace

La Cieca’s fans worldwide will be happy to note that she doesn’t think scandals are limited to only New York and Bayreuth. In fact, wherever Patti LuPone goes, scandale follows. Right now, La LuPone is in Chicago, and, yes, the Hogtown natives are restless.

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