Cher Public

  • La Cieca: There is also I think an important distinction to be made between what is told on stage vs. what is shown. It is only natural... 11:48 PM
  • Camille: Oh of course it is and thank you, Sanford! I have got the 11th on my mind as an important date because of the Caramoor... 11:40 PM
  • Sanford: Next Friday is July 10th, not the 11th. 11:27 PM
  • vilbastarda: Luvtennis, exactly my feelings. I feel very strongly about this, and powerless in the same time. “Ma voix se... 10:53 PM
  • vilbastarda: Hippolyte, at Caramoor did you attend Philip Gossett’s pre-show lecture? His jaw-dropping erudition, and contagious... 10:47 PM
  • Camille: The phantom disappeared but wait— Here he is again: httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=sCYhLLbA Kx4 10:46 PM
  • Camille: Here is Pastiche High Heaven— httpv://youtube/sC YhLLbAKx4 10:40 PM
  • Camille: The 1943 version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy, and the unfortunate Susanna Foster, will be... 10:18 PM

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

For the second performance of Renée Fleming‘s “Perspectives” performances at Carnegie Hall she chose a semi-staged version of André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.  Bravo to her for choosing an opera based on an American subject matter that had yet to be presented in NYC!  Bravo to her for arriving at a level of celestial operatic stardom that allows her to cherry pick all manner of repertoire for her own series of concerts presented at Carnegie Hall!

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Big Daddy says “bullfighter”

Says the Met press office this snowy afternoon: “Dwayne Croft will sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen on February 9, 13, and 16, replacing Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who determined in rehearsals that the role was no longer suitable for his voice. Casting for the performances on February 20, 23 matinee, 26, and March 1 will be announced at a later date.”

Solid gold

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has been named the recipient of the sixth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. She receives a $50,000 prize and is married to Teddy Tahu Rhodes, which frankly strikes La Cieca as overkill. (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)