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  • cgambol: Re: the Denishawn trained spear carrier. He delivers, he holds the delivery pose and exuent omnes. Is it high art or vaudeville?... 3:24 PM
  • Cicciabella: As NPW-Paris says, “going down” in European opera houses is the new mass orgy. 3:16 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: She gave some wonderful performances at the Met. I have particularly fond memories of her Suor Angelica. 3:16 PM
  • PCally: I have read it, I owned a used copy that recently fell apart. Soderstrom is really one of my all time favorites, I simply find her... 3:02 PM
  • figaroindy: The author says that happened “in later years” – the reference to 1896 was for a production of Faust with... 1:49 PM
  • JohninSeattle: What a great clip from Irene. Thanks Windy! Ms Cruz-Romo is a current point of some fascination for me… Time to check... 1:23 PM
  • NPW-Paris: It’s very popular in European productions, especially for coloratura passages. 1:22 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Messa you have a point there :-) Actually NPW you also have a point, there is a lot of it in this production, as even... 1:18 PM

Times is hard

Here’s the online ad for San Francisco Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, which I think you will recall stars Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Lovett.   Read more »

Leave it to cleaver

Two nights in a row at the War Memorial—it’s all a mad, gay whirl! If I’d gotten an hour less sleep you’d now find me mixing everything up and writing about Mrs. Lovett making her entrance on a bronze horse like Peter the Great.   Read more »

There is something I must do, there is something I must do

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from the tomb semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards for outstanding achievement in the field of opera and opera-related entertainment in New York and various points north. You, the public, voted, and your decisions, such as they are, are final.

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Bark, not Bayreuth

Is Der Ring des Nibelungen responsible for the transformation of Seattle from a gray, damp, low-rise Boeing company town where half the jokes had punchlines in Norwegian (and were about lutefisk in any case) into today's booming cultural metropolis? I like to think so.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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A boozy short leave

After 23 years, the Queen of Carthage has finally made it to Manhattan.

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