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  • Niel Rishoi: I LOVE YOU.You get it. 12:17 PM
  • Camille: And before calling others “an old hag” it’s probably just as well to pick up Thaïs’s mirror and take a... 12:07 PM
  • Camille: Sir—I am most certainly no kind of a *queeny fucker*, don’t indulge in such tattling, and have a great deal of compassion... 12:03 PM
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  • Niel Rishoi: Lol!! More Jungle Red claws please! 11:56 AM
  • Operngasse: I only saw Lorraine Hunt Lieberson once, and it was at SF Opera. The production was L’ Incoronanzione de Poppea, and... 11:55 AM
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  • Niel Rishoi: You know what is filth, Camille?? This sort of filthy opera yap yap, put the cow out to pasture, etc. Who just have to go,... 11:21 AM

Muhly marvelous

A few spoilsport commentators have complained that the clever marketing video for Nico Muhly‘s Two Boys at the English National Opera doesn’t accurately represent the somewhat dark subject matter of the new opera. La Cieca won’t take sides on this matter of vital import, but she will reveal to you, the cher public, that a few moments of the hush-hush score and production of the opera have been leaked on video, and you can sample the piece after the jump.   Read more »

It’s complicated

The ever-alert PR people at the English National Opera (why can’t we have a company like this?) have assembled a “what if?” video to promote Nico Muhly‘s impending Two Boys, and thrown in an admirably scruffy “reality” actor to boot. Read more »



The Royal Opera House, which in its past season glitzed up its programming with such gimmicks as a tabloid tie-in and a mezzo-soprano strapped to a wheelchair, now looks to be getting desperate. The venerable opera company has commisioned a “Twitter Opera,” with a libretto to be gleaned from sundry tweets posted via the popular social networking service.  The resultant text will then be musicked by Helen Porter.

“Current posts can be viewed at”

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i blog to differ!

A member of Facebook (which, La Cieca is told, is some kind of Information Superhighway thing that the youngsters seem to enjoy) forwards this invitation to what your doyenne (channeling Andy Samberg channeling Diablo Cody) likes to call Die Bloggerdammerung:

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