Cher Public

  • PCally: Cocky, I’ve always wondered how Larsson managed to sound as sensational as she does in the Parsifal video and your story is... 5:13 PM
  • PCally: Camille I have not heard the Forza either but the general criticisms are that Carreras is both exceptionally over parted and past... 5:12 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I was thinking about this yesterday Camille – how I’ve been to quite a bit over this season at the ROH, and... 5:07 PM
  • Camille: Why does everyone hate the Sinopoli FORZA?????? I don’t know it at all but the cast seems pretty first rate — It made me go... 5:04 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I did meet Plowright 4 or 5 years back – I had a 2 hour singing lesson with her, which was pretty interesting. She... 5:02 PM
  • Camille: Hope they found him a costume by now! In bocca al lupo. 4:52 PM
  • Camille: The lower voices–Samie l in particular–a re all really quite good. Very effective and lively tempi the wonderful and... 4:49 PM
  • PCally: Thanks Armer, I’ve always been meaning to track down the Trovatore but have never gotten around to it. I’ll probably... 4:45 PM

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular includes Our Own JJ‘s extended review, now online at the Observer website, and a critique by Ivan Martinson (aka Hans Lick) in GBOPERA. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.)

Internet won

La Cieca figures she might as well retire from editing, and for that matter, Manuel Brug can put down his critic’s pen, because the above is, bar none, the greatest headline ever written.

Tuesdays with Mary

Miss Garden smiled. “You probably have never seen a thin Violetta,” she exclaimed. “You’ll find that that will make a difference.”  Inaugurating a new feature on parterre, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of Mary Garden, as recorded by the journalists of her day.

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Lady for one day

But the part she seems most excited about is Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s treatment of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.

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You, Midgette

Adroit, awesome, autononomous Anne Midgette nominates her Top 10 Classical and Opera Releases of 2010 over at Soundcheck, and, La Cieca thinks to herself, why should Anne have all the fun? What are your favorite opera CDs and DVDs of the year, cher public? (Here are a few reviews to jog your memory.)

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Plain speaking

Martin Bernheimer, who was wise long before most of the rest of us were on solid food, writes what is likely to be remembered as the definitive essay on the Donald Rosenberg/Plain Dealer situation.

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Journalists ruin everything again

Linda Watson and John Treleaven have issued a joint not-apology, blaming “selective and biased representation of these interviews” for giving the impression that anything was less than stellar at the “fantastic history-making project” that is the LA Ring cycle. [Class Act via OperaChic]

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Gone in 60 Seconds

“Why can’t a general director with the fame, charm and ability of Domingo roll up his sleeves and work to realize his vision, rather than distancing himself from the results? The answer: because he isn’t actually there, running the company. He’s conducting Stiffelio, or singing Simone Boccanegra, or trying to keep up with his other company, the Los Angeles Opera (with equally dicey results) instead.”  

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