blind item

Blinded by the light Blinded by the light

Which beloved American opera company is urging patrons to keep the faith by hiring a controversial artist as its next General Director?

on April 18, 2024 at 9:00 AM
O mio pompino caro O mio pompino caro

If you already know the answer to this one, keep it under your hat!

on December 14, 2022 at 1:23 PM
Eyesight to the blind Eyesight to the blind

Which much-lauded gem of an American artist is about to emerge from retirement?

on January 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Future indefinite Future indefinite

Are plans for reopening America’s opera houses in the winter of 2020-2021 unrealistic?

on August 12, 2020 at 3:35 PM
Makes you blind Makes you blind

Which company plans to rescue opera, or at least their abbreviated season for 2020-2021, by programming a complete work for their opening night…

on June 26, 2020 at 2:04 PM
Miss me blind Miss me blind

Which soprano, who’s so talented you’d think her career would go on forever, has quietly decided to retire following her current not every eventful season?

on October 03, 2019 at 11:08 AM

Which diva, whose performance of the first act is admittedly note-perfect, is making management lose sleep because she’s hasn’t yet attempted the second or third? (Maybe they’re worried she won’t cancel.)

on October 26, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Which red-ink stained opera company’s backers have made broad hints that they want a full-time director and fundraiser onboard — instead of the current General Director who can barely spare one day per week?

on October 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM

La Cieca hears that Andrea Bocelli dropped by the Met yesterday to audition for Peter Gelb. The accompanist, on dit, was none other than James Levine!

on November 08, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Which Met diva has just vetoed her renascence as a bel canto grande dame? So daunting a role must have given her cold feet, or at least mistle toe.

on October 19, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Admittedly, this item is ancient history, but here goes. Which curious, sexed-up Met hunks invaded a star dressing room and immediately got their original instruments a whole lot closer than an octave apart?

on October 08, 2007 at 1:08 PM

Which Metropolitan Opera diva has eased her transition into the visual-intensive Gelb era with the assistance of a plastic surgeon recently featured in W magazine and the New York Post? This Park Avenue doctor’s “short scar” facelifts promise a dramatically rejuvenated jawline with shorter recovery time and minimal scarring — just the thing for those…

on April 09, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Which late-blooming soprano, hailed as a savior only last season, has now been stripped of her “prima donna” status? Who knew the winter would come so soon?

on December 15, 2006 at 3:40 PM

First off, La Cieca should tell you that her producer/alter ego JJ will be heard this afternoon on WNYC’s talk show “Soundcheck” discussing (what else?) L’affaire Alagna. The program begins at 2:00 PM and JJ is scheduled to be heard in the final segment between 2:30 and 3:00. “Soundcheck” gained notoriety last month when uber-diva…

on December 14, 2006 at 11:45 AM