Since no doubt the New York contingent of the cher public are already shuddering in anticipation of a Kristine Opolais Tosca as a “gala” New Year’s Eve treat, La Cieca thought you might enjoy—again, surely too strong a word—a preview of sorts.

Understand, of course, that at the Met La Opolais will not even have the advantage of a mildly Eurotrashy production to showcase her acting skills; rather, she will be drabbed down to fit the passive-aggressive conservatism of Dame David McVicar‘s Restoration of the Maria Carolina Zeffirelli staging.

Photo by Monika Rittershaus