Cher Public

“Naturally this leaves me all fardayget and farblondzhet…”


Jennifer Black, who sings the role of Adal Gisa says, ‘It’s about a Jewish Priestess, who has 2 secret children with a Roman Soldier, which already creates conflict. Then this Roman Soldier sees me, I play a virgin Priestess in the Temple and he falls in love with me’.” [WWSB MySuncoast]

The train arrives in Boston at 5:00 PM the next day

So La Cieca figures if the New York Times can do seven pieces about Exterminating Angel in the past week, we should jump on the bandwagon as well. Above, a helpful prefix to an orchestral part for the opera. [via DO THE M@TH]

Meine Klangkunst, sie küssen so heiß! Meine Kleider sind schmiegsam und weiß!

klangkunstNow this I call arts journalism: “Mit brausendem Beifall und Bravorufen gefeiert, präsentiert sich eine strahlende, braun gebrannte Anna Netrebko in spektakulären Roben und wirft immer wieder Kusshände ins Publikum: Das Konzert der Star-Sopranistin am Sonntagabend in der Hamburger Laeiszhalle ist zum triumphalen Fest für Ohren und Augen geraten.”

Lulu’s back in town

Continuing coverage of the Met’s new Alban Berg spectacular.

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Internet won

The above is, bar none, the greatest headline ever written.

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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.”

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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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