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Boris Godunov Boris Godunov

Adam Palka stars in this production recorded at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

on May 14, 2021 at 12:07 PM
Private faces Private faces

Happy 87th birthday to actress and diseuse Siân Phillips.

on May 14, 2021 at 8:10 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From January 9, 2010.

on May 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Die Walküre, Act 1 Die Walküre, Act 1

Conductor: Asher Fisch; Sieglinde: Lise Davidsen; Siegmund: Jonas Kaufmann; Hunding: Georg Zeppenfeld.

on May 13, 2021 at 12:54 PM
Hey there, orgy girl Hey there, orgy girl

La Cieca is delighted to be informed that radio station WHRB is presenting an “Opera Divas Orgy” today and tomorrow.

on May 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Down in the depths Down in the depths

Born on this day in 1922 actress Bea Arthur.

on May 13, 2021 at 7:40 AM
Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde

Starring Jane Eaglen, Katarina Dalayman, Ben Heppner, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Dieter Dorn. From December 18, 1999.

on May 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM
The Farce of Destiny The Farce of Destiny

Act I is customarily omitted.

on May 12, 2021 at 2:11 PM
Confrontation, catharsis and crisis Confrontation, catharsis and crisis

One by one, we see the principals arriving at the eerily empty building. Something about watching them—masked and in street clothes, struggling with umbrellas—was almost unbearably emotional for me.

on May 12, 2021 at 11:44 AM
“Without discipline, there’s no life at all” “Without discipline, there’s no life at all”

Born on this day in 1907 actress Katharine Hepburn.

on May 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni

Starring Carol Vaness, Karita Mattila, Dawn Upshaw, Jerry Hadley, Samuel Ramey, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1990.

on May 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Ghena Meirson 1957-2021 Ghena Meirson 1957-2021

April is the cruelest month, the song tells us—but this year, it was a week later. Ghenady Meirson, Philadelphia’s master of Russian Opera and coach extraordinaire, died on May 8.

on May 11, 2021 at 11:26 AM
Everything the traffic will allow Everything the traffic will allow

Born on this day in 1888 composer Irving Berlin.

on May 11, 2021 at 2:39 AM
La Bohème La Bohème

Starring Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From January 16, 1982.

on May 10, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Maddalena scene Maddalena scene

This solid if not stellar performance finds our diva in particularly passionate form. Maybe they should have re-titled it Maddalena?

on May 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM
“Do it big, do it right and do it with style” “Do it big, do it right and do it with style”

Born on this day in 1899, film and Broadway’s most elegant danseur, Fred Astaire.

on May 10, 2021 at 5:35 AM