Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • La Valkyrietta: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=r03i kE2Hl4E 6:17 PM
  • m. croche: “[Chairs are} a European thing” This is a joke, right? Chinese opera traditionally... 6:07 PM
  • Salome Where She Danced: I have never seen Jessye’s tear gutter so pronounced as on this intriguing... 5:19 PM
  • LT: His repertoire isn’t what I usually listen. That explains it. 4:05 PM
  • manou: Shame on you LT. He is absolutely superb. 4:00 PM
  • LT: Why they keep kissing her ass is beyond me. I had to google the male winner. Never heard of him. 3:55 PM
  • manou: OperaAwards Readers’ Award are Jonas Kaufmann and Aleksandra Kurzak! 3:43 PM
  • manou: Anja Harteros is not with us, so her acceptance speech will be delivered by a bichon frisé wearing the... 3:41 PM
  • Kassandra: Are there any parterrians attending this years Salzburg Whitsun Festival? (22-25/5) It would be... 3:28 PM
  • manou: I often perform the Naked Puppet Show – hands only. Very useful when stuck in traffic. 3:08 PM

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 »

twitterdammerung

gimmick

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 www.twitter.com/youropera.”

Read more »

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:

Read more »