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  • aulus agerius: PI, you leveled the same criticism at James Valenti, i.e. pulling back at what you consider to... 9:07 AM
  • Ilka Saro: It’s hard to resist drawing comparisons between Florez and Brownlee. I agree that Brownlee... 9:07 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Don’t know what’s wrong with Operbase. Also born on this day in 1882 conductor... 9:01 AM
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  • A. Poggia Turra: Earlier Olga at Pesaro: La scala de Seta: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=9crW RDkpqH4... 8:51 AM
  • doktorlehar: My pleasure, everyone. Copenhagen was charming. My visit wasn’t timed well, so I missed... 8:48 AM
  • RobNYNY: This video shows her strengths and weaknesses. Beautiful voice, clear diction, accurate pitch, but... 8:43 AM
  • la vociaccia: Or it’s just, you know, two different people with different opinions. Reports from the... 8:21 AM
  • norma54: Speaking as a SIRIUS listener …. Peretyatko often had no line in her voice, with bright vowels... 8:20 AM
  • OpinionatedNeophyte: The man is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Before it was that the voice... 8:07 AM

Why, oh why?

“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met” [New York Observer]

The case of the missing Amelia

“In the space of a few words, the leading role in a major new production had been reassigned. But why?” Zachary Woolfe explores “the byzantine world of opera casting.” [New York Times]

Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery. Though many questions remain unanswered, it’s still a compelling read. (Don’t miss the Christian Thielemann pullquote near the end!) [New York Times]

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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Fit to print

La Cieca (pictured, right) invites you to peruse what’s making headlines today.

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Screen and screen again

The New York Times sends cub reporter (Get it? Cub reporter! Oh, La Cieca is killing herself with the puns!) Zachary Woolfe to the movie palaces of the heartland.

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Ass backwards

Zachary Woolfe went to Las Vegas and all we got was a thoughtful analysis of why Robert Lepage was never a good fit for the Ring.

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Take the Monnaie and run

“Though Mr. Herheim’s work is rigorous, it is also fun, and this Rusalka is serious but the opposite of dour.”

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Sexual perversity in Chicago

In what surely must count as La Cieca’s idea of a perfect storm, Zachary Woolfe interviews Calixto Bieito in the New York Times.

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Lieder of the pack

La Cieca is always happy (if a little envious) when another critic expresses exactly how she feels about a musical event (such as Jonas Kaufmann‘s recital last Sunday at the Met) because that means she doesn’t have to blather on and on about it.  Instead she can simply reply, “Check out what Zachary Woolfe has to say in the New York Times.”

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