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  • Don_Dano: Does anyone have problems with the Metropolitan Opera being able to process corporate matching gifts. Each year, I make a... 7:58 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: There is absolutely NO official rule at Bayreuth about not applauding at the end of Act I of... 7:41 PM
  • brackweaver: This is the clearest summary of the plot I’ve encountered. Too bad it is such a mess. Mascagni’s operas have so... 7:36 PM
  • Jack Jikes: Bi “Yes!’ to La Cieca ond Ivy. Standing at Messiah? Precious. 7:10 PM
  • Operngasse: Dear JML, Many thanks for posting this. I was lucky to have heard Astrid Varnay near the end of her career in Elektra and she... 6:44 PM
  • PCally: LOVE her Färberin, even finer than Ludwig, her only rival in the role at the time. 6:30 PM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Mostly Mozart program for tonight looks fun. Christine Goerke doing D’Oreste, d’Aiace among other things:... 6:27 PM
  • Krunoslav: Great cast. Am I the only one who expected from the original buzz that this would be concert arias and arias from the much less... 6:20 PM

Fully committed

CommittedSays the Glimmerglass press office: “Stephanie Blythe will perform in concert at The Glimmerglass Festival on Friday, August 5, at 4:30 p.m. The mezzo-soprano replaces Deborah Voigt, whose commitments have increased with her new position as a member of the full-time faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.”

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 »

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

Your Own La Cieca has emerged from semi-retirement to present the 2014 Pubie Awards.

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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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