Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • Hippolyte: Antonacci is been out of Le Cid–Sonia Ganassi has been listed as Chimene for months now. 9:20 AM
  • Don_Dano: Are there any opinions out their on Siberian tenor Alexey Dolgov? I thought he sang a very nice... 9:19 AM
  • Chanterelle: Yes, same Brussels production and directed by Zhang Huan, though credited to the Canadian Opera... 9:17 AM
  • marshiemarkII: By the way gal, by Anna Netrebko’s homeland I meant Novorossya, which is part of the... 9:11 AM
  • marshiemarkII: My carissssima gal, all I can say is gurl gurl gurl!! please!!!!, in how many ways do I have... 8:58 AM
  • umangialaio: Queuing unsuccessfully for Bayreuth… U 8:35 AM
  • Cicciabella: Absolutely. But our basic urges rob us of our peace of mind and distract us from what’s... 8:22 AM
  • Belfagor: Dear Camille, helas, I just realized I will be in Paris in April, but ‘Le Cid’ has... 8:03 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Interesting, but Clara Schumann was no Judith! 7:55 AM
  • manou: Don’t “survival urges” fit in with the Will to Live? 7:47 AM

Ballopalooza!

Ballopalooza!With the Met season soon to finish, I am sure the typical parterre reader (pictured) will want to unwind with a little after party/masked ball. And so Coloraturafan has unlocked his vault to share a selection of videos of Verdi’s Un ballo in mascheraRead more »

Happy vernal equinox!

What better way to say, “welcome, first day of spring” than with Elena Cernei singing “Printemps qui commence?” Read more »

A hymn to heme

That 60 Minutes piece everyone’s been talking about, with Peter Gelb describing opera as “blood sport,” after the jump. Read more »

Rêve divin! Heureux délire!

Mama’s talkin’ loud

Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!

Read more »

kaufmann_johnson

Oh, signor Johnson

La Cieca is going to go out on a not very long limb here and say that Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West is a great role for Jonas Kaufmann and may well turn out to be one of his three or four greatest.

Read more »

richard_tucker

Tucker everlasting

Those dear, dear people over The Greene Space at WQXR would like you, cher public, to join them this Friday for a concert saluting this year’s winner of the Richard Tucker Award, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

Read more »

mehitabel

there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi.

Read more »

joyce_as_judy

A place behind the sun

How better to launch this week’s general interest discussion than with a video of Joyce DiDonato singing “Over the Rainbow” at the Last Night of the Proms?

Read more »

coloraturafan

Who’ll stop the reign

La Cieca is most unhappy indeed to hear that coloraturafan, the undisputed monarch of opera on YouTube, has had his “fourth or fifth” account on the service deleted.

Read more »

Blancke_Biggs

She sang a mouthful

Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs sings the final scene from Salome in the Stefan Herheim production for Den Norske Opera.

Read more »