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Getting better and better Getting better and better

Once again, La Cieca thanks you for your concern and patience during May 2023.

on June 02, 2023 at 8:07 AM
Tour de force Tour de force

On this day in 1975 the Metropolitan Opera performed La bohème on tour in Tokyo.

on June 02, 2023 at 6:35 AM
June is busting out all over June is busting out all over

All the rams that chase the ewe sheep are determined there’ll be new sheep and the ewe-sheep aren’t even keeping score.

on June 01, 2023 at 10:28 AM
Die Frist ist Glum Die Frist ist Glum

This Holländer offers neither a clear narrative vision for the work nor a sense of turbocharged drama; it simply sits on the Met’s cavernous stage as a dull gray mass.

on May 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Someone has wounded you Someone has wounded you

On this day in 1969 the musical Dear World closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater after an extremely disappointing run of only 132 performances.

on May 31, 2023 at 6:22 AM
Der Fliegende Holländer Der Fliegende Holländer

Tomasz Konieczny stars as the accursed Dutchman in Wagner’s haunting ghost story.

on May 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Distinctly human Distinctly human

In the five short years that I’ve been in New York, I have seen that crusty old Franco Zeffirelli production of La bohème more times than I can count on one hand. And there are certainly times when that peeling mise-en-scène really shows its age.

on May 30, 2023 at 11:45 AM
Expected Wagneriennes Expected Wagneriennes

Christa Ludwig sings Kundry in Parsifal with Helge Brilioth, Thomas Stewart and Cesare Siepi conducted by Leopold Ludwig, followed by a legendary Birgit NilssonJon Vickers Tristan und Isolde led by Erich Leinsdorf.

on May 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM
“The boy is a genius” “The boy is a genius”

Born on this day in 1899 film producer Irving Thalberg.

on May 30, 2023 at 6:55 AM
Teen angel Teen angel

On this day in 1962 Barbra Streisand appeared on The Garry Moore Show.

on May 29, 2023 at 8:36 AM
Gone south Gone south

On this day in 1940, Irving Berlin‘s musical Louisiana Purchase, satirizing Huey Long, opened at the Imperial Theatre, to run 444 performances.

on May 28, 2023 at 5:45 AM
Pretty poison Pretty poison

The wicked poisoner showed herself in fine form, full of purple passion and lusty music-making that would gladden the heart of any bel canto enthusiast or opera lover in general. 

on May 27, 2023 at 2:34 PM
Champion Champion

One more hearing of the season’s smash hit.

on May 27, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Something better Something better

Broadway floperetta Arms and the Girl closed on this day in 1950, lasting only 134 performances despite a cast headed by Nanette Fabray and Pearl Bailey.

on May 27, 2023 at 6:20 AM
It’s good to be back home It’s good to be back home

On this day in 1964 Betty Comden & Adolph Green and Jule Styne‘s musical Fade Out-Fade In opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater to run 271 performances.

on May 26, 2023 at 2:56 AM
Die Zauberflöte Die Zauberflöte

“Following her sublime Met debut two weeks ago leading Don Giovanni, Nathalie Stutzmann once again led a fleet and transparent reading full of ravishing detail.”

on May 25, 2023 at 5:00 PM