La Cieca

Verdi Requiem Verdi Requiem

From the Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Leah Hawkins, Karen Cargill, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitry Belosselskiy in Verdi’s Requiem

on September 27, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Dead Man Walking Dead Man Walking

Yannick Nézet-Seguin conducts Ryan McKinny, Joyce DiDonato, Latonia Moore, and Susan Graham in the season opening night and Metropolitan Opera Premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking.

on September 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Tannhäuser Tannhäuser

From the China National Centre for the Performing Arts.

on September 02, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Götterdämmerung Götterdämmerung

Live from the Bayreuth Festival.

on July 31, 2023 at 7:00 AM
Champion Champion

One more hearing of the season’s smash hit.

on May 27, 2023 at 11:00 AM

“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]

on November 09, 2009 at 6:46 PM

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.

on October 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM

“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]

on October 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM

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…

on October 16, 2009 at 8:05 AM

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…

on October 15, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Wien, 18. Oktober 2009

on October 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM

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.

on October 15, 2009 at 10:51 AM

“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]

on October 15, 2009 at 8:06 AM

“Tenor Domingo collects opera gong” [BBC News]

on October 14, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Maria Gavrilova jumps in as Tosca tonight at the Met, replacing the ailing Karita Mattila.

on October 14, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Whenever La Cieca (center) feels afraid, she doesn’t just hold her head erect or whistle a happy tune (though she’s been known to do both on occasion), she reminds herself, “You know, things could be a lot worse than what they are!”  

on October 14, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Tonight’s chat during tonight’s season premiere of Der Rosenkavalier from the Met begins at 7:15 pm. 

on October 13, 2009 at 6:15 PM

In the comments section of this post, you are invited to offer your opinion on why Renée Fleming‘s broadcast performance (as heard tonight, October 13) strikes you as a great portrayal of the Marschallin. 

on October 13, 2009 at 6:14 PM

In the comments section of this post, you are invited to offer your opinion on why Renée Fleming‘s broadcast performance (as heard tonight, October 13) strikes you as not a great portrayal of the Marschallin.

on October 13, 2009 at 6:13 PM

“Unfaithful lovers, sequined jumpsuits and giant silver dildos …. neon wigs and abundant confetti…. Filled with sexual innuendo, laughable levels of innocence and more than a few macho groin thrusts…”  [Star Observer]

on October 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Oh, La Cieca just hates herself when she get a detail wrong. It seems that languid wunderkind Rufus Wainwright will not be performing his hit aria “Les feux d’artifice” at the gala opening of the New York City Opera saluting noted teabagger David H. Koch. The air will be performed by an actual operatic soprano,…

on October 13, 2009 at 8:20 AM

The legendary singer was born October 12, 1935. 

on October 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Which blotto basso had a hell of a time in the first part of that French opera, stumbling, forgetting words, and even losing his voice temporarily?  Fortunately, after an intermission featuring hot coffee, a cold shower and a stern tongue-lashing from management, he was reborn as the superb singing actor we all know and love…

on October 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM

La Cieca congratulates matto per la lirica for identifying our most recent Regie quiz: Offenbach’s L’Ile de Tulipatan — as performed at the Wiener Kammeroper, with Waut Koeken directing. And now for something completely different.

on October 11, 2009 at 9:43 PM