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  • Bill: Zinka – well Gertrude Grob-Prandl did not make alot of commercial recordings and was a fine... 9:43 PM
  • uwsinnyc: Just read the insert from the daughters in the Playbill. Very thoughtfully and well written. Also... 9:28 PM
  • brahseph: The booing was louder for Wilson’s Lohengrin :) Btw it sounded like the disruptor tonight was... 9:08 PM
  • Satisfied: Surpassingly, very little ruckus so far. Some shouts during musical pauses, but nothing... 9:01 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Just to put that in context, this was just published by the Wall Street... 8:59 PM
  • philomel: And there it is. A man is yelling “The murderer of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven!R... 8:45 PM
  • kashania: In later years, Sutherland would transpose “Dove Sono” down just so she could end it... 8:32 PM
  • kashania: HH: Thanks for discussing the musical/dramatic of this work, which has been absent among all the... 8:27 PM
  • mirywi: I always finished off my Dove Sono that way. Then the conductors took over and spoiled opera. 8:11 PM
  • CwbyLA: damekenneth, in many interviews Peter Gelb said as a Jew himself, he doesn’t find the work... 7:59 PM

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.

May she have the envelopes, please? Read more »

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. The Ring has certainly been central to the process, in three incarnations over almost forty years. Read more »

Our retrospection will now be all to the future


La Cieca predicts you will be seeing more of the same old puritans at the Met next season, and she’s not just talking about the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?” But uou will also see six new productions (including a Met premiere of a 21st century work) and the local debut of one of opera’s most controversial stage directors. Read more »

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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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