Due to a complaint by Universal Music Group/DG, La Cieca has had to remove the music track of “In questa reggia” from our site. A substitute track is available on Spotify.
La Cieca has just heard that Teatro Grattacielo’s performance of Montemezzi’s La Nave, which and was postponed from Monday night because of the storm, has been rescheduled and confirmed for tonight, Wednesday October 31 at 8:00 PM at the Rose Theater.
Four of La Cieca’s favorite people, Diana Soviero, Ira Siff, Robert Lombardo and Ken Benson, assemble on November 9 at the impressively named “Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center” to trade their views on the subject of verismo opera. It’s a panel discussion sponsored by the Marcello Giordani Foundation, and there’s more information on tickets and times here.
In this new Decca DVD of Tosca we find a highly intellectual, even fascinating staging at odds with the visceral nature of the original melodrama but one that inspires its cast to great heights. Robert Carsen is a clever producer with an elegant visual palette. He employs the same directorial strategy as his famous Mefistofele staging, a Pirandello-like theatrical alienation that distances his audience from easy engagement with the material, all the while utilizing familiar production elements to challenge and stimulate our perception.