Cher Public

  • Camille: Jungfer, are you listening? How does the orchestral sound mit Mo. Janowski stack up to your past experiences in vivo? 2:36 PM
  • LT: L’aria della piovra httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=KLHZ rqPDGmA 1:31 PM
  • sogalitno: dont know if there is a way. i think sky is via cable so would probably need account info . 1:03 PM
  • Camille: I’m so glad they changed the Wotan from Rheingold and Sarah Connolly sounds REALLY good as the Walküre Fricka! Heidi... 12:28 PM
  • Camille: Merci, Hippolyte! I had forgotten all about the August 5th concert. A chance to hear not only Loreley but the weird Nerone! Once... 12:22 PM
  • Hippolyte: Russell Thomas is appearing next month in two very interesting concerts as part of the Puccini festival at Bard. August 5... 12:09 PM
  • Camille: And as a lieder recitalist, just exemplary httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=lETGe_4B U2E httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=PGJhNfVg UVk... 12:06 PM
  • brackweaver: I agree with both of you about the singing of the ladies. It made me give up at intermission. 12:01 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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