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Balls

bird-creature“We do not go to opera to see stories similar to those we would see in movies. We go to see jewels, love stories, balls, and fantastic bird creatures looking for love. Opera should be dripping in luxury. They don’t need to mimic any other medium.” [paste]

The present future

YouthWell, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic.  Read more »

Profitons bien de la jeunesse

La Cieca (pictured) notes that next year’s recipients of the F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of  Excellence will include Joseph Calleja, Elina Garanca, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko and José van Dam, which means we are now officially out of old singers.

The children’s hour

Ever on the avant-garde, Lyric Opera of Chicago has embraced the cutting-edge technology of “phonography” as part of their effort to attract young audiences.

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La Cieca is wasted on the young

La Cieca (third from right) has always prided herself on offering opportunities to the young, even if they aren’t always quick to pick up on her hints, and today is no exception. Your doyenne has several unusual (one might even say offbeat) opera events on the calendar, and she’d be interested in sending novice parterre writers to cover them.

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Flings to be flung

A young opera fan is looking for advice.

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A minute and a huff

La Cieca presents an open letter from a parterre box reader.

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sind halt aso, die jungen leut’!

La Cieca wants to give a quick “shout-out” (as the youngsters say, they tell me) to “critic, novelist and record-store clerk” Daniel Stephen Johnson, who on top of all that is not only one of our newest and nicest commenters, but a smart and sassy blogger in his own right. He writes somewhat in the style of a younger, more hirsute Alex Ross, which La Cieca means in the nicest possible way.

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met skeds twink bloodbath tuner

The current issue of The Advocate includes an interview with adorable 27-year-old bedhead Nico Muhly about his next composition project, an opera “based on a true Internet romance/friendship between two teenage boys that ended in one of the two stabbing the other to death.” Muhly’s “teen gay Internet sex drama,” to a libretto by Craig Lucas, is co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. Meanwhile Muhly is touring in support of his new CD Mothertongue and ranting on his blog about knockoff iPhones.  

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