Cher Public

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. With the event less than three weeks away, the perhaps inaptly named tenor just isn’t selling any tickets. Read more »

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. The Verdi Bicentennial and the Britten Centennial went head to head and I can’t say I was pleased with the outcome.

The ghost of Peter Hemmings, our first intendant and a huge Britten promoter, apparently still haunts the Music Center downtown abetted by regular séances hosted by our Music Director James Conlon. A comprehensive year-long Britten festival was arranged with events stretching on into the Malibu sunset; meanwhile, Verdi was “honored” with a single opera production,The Two Foscari . And yes, we’re that bush league that they still translate everything into English here for publicity purposes, thanks for asking.   Read more »

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. It’s Vittorio Grigolo, who flaunted a big, trumpeting tenor and a megawatt personality when he made his company debut in the role Saturday night.” [New York Post]

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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First Cause Argument

“I saw the dress rehearsal of the Covent Garden Manon, and Vittorio had that metaphysical connection with the audience. I’m convinced of his potential.” [New York Times]

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Libero e lontano

The entire new CD “The Italian Tenor” (featuring Vittorio Grigolo) may be heard here. (If it tickles your fancy, you may want to purchase a copy as well.)

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