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U mad?

For all those Mad Scene lovers out there, here is a video of some great Mad Scenes in opera. I’ve put together some more obscure scenes along with the popular ones from the bel canto composers like Donizetti and Bellini. I hope you enjoy! Read more »

Rule number 11

Cher public, you may remember that about 18 years ago a parterre writer called Dr. Repertoire came up with a handy list of rules for stage directors. Well, La Cieca believes it is high times for a revision or two of this (by internet standards) antiquated document. Read more »

The little gunmetal dress

Sleeveless Anna Netrebko performs scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Read more »

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Tall in the saddle

I put together a video just for a bit of fun today, looking at the standard “warhorse” operas that opera companies tend to throw at us year after year, and offering some alternative operas that could be offered in their place.

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The dark is light enough

Our Own Coloraturafan salutes the summer festival season with a compilation of Ladies Macbeth singing “La luce langue.”

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Bess in show

On the occasion of Sondra Radvanovsky‘s role debut in Roberto Devereux, I thought this would ba a good opportunity to put put together a compilation of some of my favorite artists singing the fiendishly difficult final scene of this opera.

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Erwartung at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

La Cieca wishes the divine Jessye Norman the very best of luck with her newly-released autobiography Stand Up Straight and Sing, because—not to put too fine a point on it—it doesn’t look like the diva is going to make much of a go of her second career as a saloon singer.

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coloraturafan

Sweatin’ to the cabalettas

Here’s a playlist of bel canto favorite suitable for motivating even the most couch potatoesque of parterrians to put in a hard session of weight training.

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sutherland_elvira

Mad, mad, mad, mad scenes

In anticipation of the Met’s revival this evening of I puritani, I thought it might be nice to take a look back at a few archival videos. In terms of commercial videos, there isn’t much out there, so once again I look to those great old pirated videos for inspiration.

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Ballopalooza!

With the Met season soon to finish, I am sure many will want to unwind with a little after party/masked ball.

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