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  • kennedet: As the great philosopher “Kenny Rodgers” sings. “You got to know when to hold... 5:48 PM
  • bobsnsane: Yo Cammy & Parterre Peoples ! I saw those ’7 faces’ too… I was too much into... 5:46 PM
  • pirelli: The Beggar Woman is not all that low (it gets up as high as the F# at the top of the staff), nor... 5:38 PM
  • Camille: O good. Was not looking forward to hearing Tommy’s père Miller and had been my sole... 4:49 PM
  • manou: Il Ritorno di Œdipe In Patria. 4:49 PM
  • tiger1: Dear Orion, Your comparisons do not make any sense. Musically the end of Di Quelle Pira is structured... 4:46 PM
  • steveac10: Futral hit the scene fairly late in the game for her type of voice (she was already in her... 4:36 PM
  • kashania: Oedipe: Stay a while! 4:28 PM
  • Camille: Another one was the time he threatened Oscar, saying: “iI warn you! You’re dealing with... 4:21 PM
  • warmke: Beggar woman is a low belt, what in God’s name is she thinking? On another topic, can someone... 4:13 PM

A wasted time

Everyone who has ever lived in NYC has encountered a certain type of homeless drunk. This vagabond isn’t pissing his way through subway cars, but is well-put together and charming (or as well put together as one can be for a homeless guy). People spend a few minutes chatting with him, and most end up dropping him a couple bucks. “Get some coffee,” they say, even though they know he’s headed to the nearest deli for another cheap ’40 of malt liquor. And at least these sorts of guys are charming drunks and not tedious drunks. Read more »

Spring will be a little late this year

La bohème  is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating, those meetups where you sit down with a person for five minutes, and decide whether there’s anything. If there is, voilà. If there isn’t, next!   Read more »

Where the boys are

When Norman Lebrecht is declaring on an almost daily basis that classical music is dead, it’s perhaps heartening that four of today’s prominent tenors have recently recorded what might be called fluff/vanity albums.

Joseph Calleja released an album of eclectic love songs, named (what else?) Amore. Hot on its heels is Vittorio Grigolo’s foray into an equally eclectic mix of religious songs, Ave Maria. On a slightly less fluffy level are Rolando Villazón’s album of Mozart concert arias, intriguingly entitled Mozart, and Juan Diego Flórez’s foray into the French spinto/heroic repertoire, named, naturellement, L’amour.   Read more »

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A pretty boy milking his bows

This afternoon at the Met, Grigolo sold his performance like the rent was due tomorrow and he was down to his last penny.

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In solitaria stanza

La Cieca alerts the cher public to be on the lookout for discounts and downright giveaways for the upcoming Vittorio Grigolo recital at the Met.

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Bowled over

I never thought I’d see the day when Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten would battle it out for musical superiority but that’s exactly what happened in Los Angeles this year.

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Young man with a horn

Ring a ding ding! There’s a new Duke in town, and he’s jolting the Met’s Rigoletto with enough electricity to light up the Las Vegas Strip.

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Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

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Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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Airborne

La Cieca’s spy in London reports: “So first Angela Gheorghiu cancelled this evening’s Traviata Faust at the ROH. On hearing the news, Vittorio Grigolo suddenly came down with a ‘chest infection’ —so the performance is going ahead with James Valenti and Malin Byström.”

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