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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: With rare exceptions, all MET productions benefit from the presence of a prompter. 9:26 AM
  • angeladorable: Levine is right. After all it is all about the music. 9:11 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I can understand leaving during an intermission or some other pause in proceedings, but not... 8:52 AM
  • ML: Well, come voi ben sapete, the “team” in Mozart’s sublime Act IV has the husband on his... 8:38 AM
  • Rowna: ML – I know that sounds sacrilegious, but I am part of a team – Moi and Mr. Opera. In... 8:32 AM
  • Foreign Princess: The answer is in the last act, the arias of Marcellina and Don Basilio. Some say they only... 8:24 AM
  • ML: How could you possibly walk out on Act IV of Nozze? 8:20 AM
  • ML: It is not that long, Rowna, even with Levine conducting. Must be with one intermission. 8:18 AM
  • perfidia: That little snippet with Endora drinking champagne on top of the plane was one of those moments... 8:16 AM
  • Rowna: Slightly OT but something I feel strongly about, this Nozze is listed on the Met Website as lasting 3... 7:55 AM

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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