Cher Public

Two steppes forward, one steppe back

“Et d’ailleurs, les costumes me font ressembler à un côté d’une maison.” [Ollyrix]

Sonya non mente

norma-yonchevaA big chunk of the last act of Norma, after the jump.  Read more »

Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra!

La Cieca’s familiar spirits have been turning their generally steely eyes to the Future Met Wiki, attempting in vain to make sense of impending repertoire and casting at Casa Gelb. Perhaps you, the cher public, can offer your insights and suggestions the better to fill the many gaping lacunae in their prognostications.   Read more »

A whiter shade of pale

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.

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Shortlisted

I expected something lovely, but what I beheld was nothing short of magnificent.

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Wish upon a star

At what moment does a “rising star” become simply a “star”?

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Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times.

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Screwing the Puccini

Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and 5, replacing Kristine Opolais.

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Red shoe diaries

Sonya Yoncheva will make her North American role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Met this January.

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