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  • LT: La Cieca should add to the chat schedule La Boheme from Hannover on July 18 with her favorites Yoncheva, Fabiano, Angel Blue and... 12:50 PM
  • armerjacquino: No, but taking the piss out of what he said- which is obviously what’s happening here- is quite funny. 12:46 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Um … okay. You realize repeating something Donald Trump says doesn’t make it funny? 12:41 PM
  • m. croche: Can’t … help … myself … Born on this day in 1775, English composer William Crotch, famed too for his... 12:41 PM
  • armerjacquino: Love, love, love Poulenard. Her performance in the 80s recording of ALESSANDRO is far better than anything in the recent... 12:16 PM
  • Lohengrin: Listen to Jonas first from minute 5 and then the whole thing from 02:01:00. Wonderful report!!!!!!!!!!!! !! 11:47 AM
  • armerjacquino: Never heard her but she’s not much loved round here, as I recall. There are a load of short in-house clips from the... 11:39 AM
  • Don_Dano: Has anyone heard Catherine Foster sing Brunnhilde? I am considering an opera/baseball trip to the DC/Baltimore area next May... 11:32 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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