Cher Public

  • Camille: Hooray, it’s Linda Esther Gray Day!! Her fabulous Isolde, at least one of the versions as I believe there are two,... 1:08 PM
  • Camille: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=eh9WayN7 R-s A truly great artist but an even greater human being. Long may he be remembered for... 12:54 PM
  • JackJack: Terrifically written, in your distinctive voice. You made me care to read a review of Carmen. 12:40 PM
  • armerjacquino: Try the 60s DON CARLO from Berlin on DVD. King, Fi-Di and Johnson are only ok, but Lorengar and Greindl are on FIRE both... 12:15 PM
  • Sempre liberal: In addition to Gergiev, I recall Maazel’s conducting some MET Walkures a few years ago. 11:52 AM
  • semira mide: Sorry I won’t be able to see the film. I had the good fortune to hear Paul Robeson sing in person many years ago ( of... 11:48 AM
  • Camille: SHOWBOAT, in the 1936 film adaptation will be shown once more at MoMA, next Friday evening, June 3rd @ 7:00 pm, ergo, GRATIS!... 10:23 AM
  • Tory Adore: was anyone else turned on by that clip of Solti conducting? So physical and visceral. I think I’m going to faint. 10:20 AM

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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