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“Mr. Okulitch and Mr. Hardy have matching black briefs over which they each wear half of a single suit: Giovanni, the jacket; Leporello, the pants. When they switch identities, they trade suit parts, again a vivid metaphor, and made more striking because both singers are so buff.” [NYT]

Where’s Osvaldo?

Daedalus-and-icarus

The Metropolitan Opera commission Daedalus by Osvaldo Golijov seems to have slipped through the cracks, for now at least. According to the virtually always accurate Met Futures by Brad Wilber, the premiere of the work, planned for the 2011-2012 season, is not going to take place.

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“The answer, he decided, was obvious: an opera. In typical Burning Man fashion, as he was standing in line at the port-a-potties, describing this epiphany to…” [CNET]

Amo, amas, amat

La Cieca is delighted to wake up to some wonderful, uplifting news. No, not about the balloon boy; turns out that was a hoax anyway. This “rescue” is for real. Amore Opera, successor to downtown institution Amato Opera, will present its first full production, Puccini’s La Bohème opening on Friday, December 11th at the Connelly Opera House, 220 E. 4th Street, New York City and continuing until Sunday, January 3rd, 2010. The company will continue performances in the new year with The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel, as well as a series of capsule “Family Briefs” […]

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Put on my crown

Congratulations to our two winners of the Rosenkavalier essay contest.  The lovely rysanekfreak came in first in the “Ja, Ja” division, while Tristram Minstrel was judged the most astute of the many “Nein, Nein” sayers. Our rysanekfreak will be sent the new Decca DVD of the opera starring La Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata and Jonas Kaufmann under the prodigious baton of Christian Thielemann. (Please, rysanekfreak, email La Cieca for further instructions on how to be sent this prize.) And a copy of the Sony CD release of the classic Leonard Bernstein version, with Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, […]

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“Much better, thanks for asking”

Wien, 18. Oktober 2009

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Sugar rush

According to a press release from the Met, Fabio Luisi (left) will conduct all performances of Hansel and Gretel this season replacing Andrew Davis (not pictured) who has withdrawn for personal reasons.

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Sex, Lies & Octavian

“She was pretty but blank onstage back then, but Tuesday night’s opening performance found her too far the other direction, transforming the ironic, moody aristocrat into a Lifetime movie drama queen.” [NYP]

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