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  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m really looking forward to seeing Chenier in London in a few months. While neither... 8:30 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Mine aren’t rarities, or at least did not use to be. Andrea Chenier and Adrianna... 8:23 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: That’s a great way to put it Phoenix, I completely agree. 7:50 AM
  • phoenix: You are both welcome. For anyone who wants to hear it (I preferred the Pagliacci) you can get it... 7:41 AM
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  • Cocky Kurwenal: The pattern last night was very much as I recall from the ROH, Phoenix – pretty... 7:24 AM
  • phoenix: Despite the difficulty with the high notes, Goerke’s Elektra sounded more lyrical last night... 7:19 AM
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unnatural birthday to you

In honor of her one-third of a century, La Cieca has at long last returned to the Sunnyside Studios to record not one but two episodes of Unnatural Acts of Opera.  Finally, cher public, you can hear the last two acts of a legendary performance of Jenufa from Opera Orchestra of New York, on March 30, 1988. Read more »

one in a mill

At long last, a new episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera, featuring the classic Janacek team of Leonie Rysanek and Gabriela Benackova.

Jenufa, Act 1

the sleep cure

La Cieca presents the second act of La sonnambula on Unnatural Acts of Opera.

La sonnambula, Act 2

After the act, a taste of Renata Scotto‘s Norma.

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sulla tua testa vigili la mia benedizion (ancor!)

La Cieca has managed to pry the keyboard away from Our Own JJ for a moment to remind her cher public that she does, in fact, still exist, in the shadows as it were. Anyway, your doyenne will attend the Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit tonight and will share with you tomorrow a soupcon or two about this gay gay gay gay gay event (Angela Lansbury! Christine Ebersole! Rupert Everett! And, mah deah, Noel Coward!)  Later this week La Cieca will return to the podwaves with the second act of La sonnambula on Unnatural Acts of Opera, and she supposes [...]

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the art of the doyenne

La Cieca continues her salute to the diamond birthday of Renata Scotto with a new episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera. The podcast features the first act of La sonnambula as performed at the Teatro la Fenice on May 26, 1961. La sonnambula, act 1 Renata Scotto (Amina), Alfredo Kraus (Elivino), Ivo Vinco (Rodolfo), Rosa Laghezza (Lisa), Marisa Zotti (Teresa). Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, Nello Santi, conductor.

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so you think you can dance

La Cieca proudly presents the latest Unnatural Act of Opera, a 1974 concert performance of Salome. Salome Narraboth: George Shirley; Jokanaan: Norman Bailey; Salome: Birgit Nilsson; Herodes: Ragnar Ulfung; Herodias: Ruth Hesse; Page: Sandra Walker. Carnegie Hall, New York. December 18, 1974. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti.

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maestro

Our Own JJ is shown here “wrangling” the dancers for his friend Dorothy Bishop‘s cabaret show last night at Splash. There were supposed to be only two dancers, which is more than enough to fill the very small Splash window ledge of a stage. But three showed up: E.J., Alain and Michele. La Bishop is off to South America for a month-long tour now, so JJ can get back to his more important task of producing La Cieca’s podcasts. Keep an eye out this weekend for another of the Great Pirates of History series on Unnatural Acts of Opera!

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sex and violets

The Acts grow ever more Unnatural as La Cieca introduces the fourth and final segment of Adriana Lecouvreur. Later in the show, we hear Magda Olivero making a debut at an age when most people are ready to retire! Unnatural Acts of Opera

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this time out i’m taking the bows

Your doyenne dusts off her singing pipes and then welcomes a guest from the Great White Way into our luxurious new Sunnyside studios, all as introduction to the third act of Adriana Lecouvreur starring Magda Olivero, on this week’s Unnatural Acts of Opera. Adriana Lecouvreur, Act 3

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live from the nest

Since there’s nothing new on Sirius, no HD telecast, or a new Unnatural Acts of Opera tonight, La Cieca thought we might revisit the golden age of two decades ago for a classic performance of The Dentist of Seville. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Yqj8GcTPfhY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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