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The joint was really jumping down in Carnegie Hall

More of the “breakthrough” performance of Montserrat Caballé in Lucrezia Borgia on April 20, 1965 on this week’s look back at Unnatural Acts of Opera.   Read more »

Unnatural prologue

La Cieca (not pictured) is actively searching now for a weekly audio or video feature to permanently replace the defunct “Montag Mit Marianne.” (If you are interested in creating such a feature, member of the cher public, your doyenne encourages you to contact her privately.) In the meantime, she hopes you will enjoy highlights from the classic “Unnatural Acts of Opera” archive such as today’s offering.  Read more »

Together again for the first time

bumbry-verrettIn honor of the Amazing Grace’s 80th birthday, a repeat performance from Unnatural Acts of Opera of her duo concert with Shirley Verrett at Carnegie Hall from January 31, 1982. Read more »

The Philadelphia Story

La Cieca thought you, the cher public, might enjoy the return of some classic episodes of Unnatural Acts of Opera.

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Se uno squillo intenderà

On this day 100 years ago, tenor Mario del Monaco was born.

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Encore! Encore!

For tomorrow afternoon’s chat at La Casa della Cieca, your doyenne offers an unusual double blast from the past.

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The return of Unnatural Acts of Opera

After years (or was it months) wandering der Irrnis und der Leiden Pfade, La Cieca has returned to the broadcast booth for another episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera.

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The view from Kareol

Poet of the podium Carlos Kleiber leads the final minutes of Tristan und Isolde from the mystic abyss of Bayreuth, circa 1975.

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auld lang syne

Today La Cieca prepares to usher in the New Year in the way that has been traditional among her people for thousands of years…

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kiss my assyrian

La Cieca is proud to “hostess” a classic performance of Semiramide as performed at La Scala on 17 December 1962. Heading the starry cast are Joan Sutherland (Semiramide), Giulietta Simionato (Arsace), Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Assur) and Gianni Raimondi (Idreno). You can listen to the first act on the Unnatural Acts of Opera page.

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