Cher Public

  • Cicciabella: Of course not! You’d have burn marks all over your arms. 8:34 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP actor, singer and eternal cutie Dean Jones httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=am8 qrrZAtP4 8:20 AM
  • armerjacquino: Azucena with sparing use of chest? You’ll have Zucker after you, not to mention our own Zinka. 7:23 AM
  • jrance: Oropesa has future engagements at The Met. She has a very busy career and a full calendar; offers from The Met don’t always... 7:04 AM
  • gustave of montreal: You think Pons could have vocalised Zerbinetta ? 6:42 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Très drôle, beurrrkkk, mais l’anglo n’est pas ma première langue. Alors je demande ce qui semble... 6:40 AM
  • manou: I have found that small children can be entertained during car journeys by listening to various operas – although I once... 6:39 AM
  • gustave of montreal: Poor Dima, so sad, so cruel 6:32 AM

Bess in show

On the occasion of Sondra Radvanovsky‘s role debut in Roberto Devereux, I thought this would be a good opportunity to put put together a compilation of some of my favorite artists singing the fiendishly difficult final scene of this opera, which happens to be one of my absolute favorite pieces of music. I’ll you know my thoughts about the Canadian Opera Company’s performance at the end of the compilation. Read more »

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.   Read more »

Sweatin’ to the cabalettas

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

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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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Happy vernal equinox!

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

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A hymn to heme

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

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Rêve divin! Heureux délire!

Mama’s talkin’ loud

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

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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.

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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.

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