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We’re spotting in April… We’re spotting in April…

At the parterre box Calendar, nature is refurbishing herself. Spring varieties abound with the usual Met fare and all manner of recitals and rarities. We’ve got our eyes on these from our friends and sponsors.

on April 05, 2024 at 2:12 PM
Celebrating 30 Years of <em>parterre box</em> Celebrating 30 Years of <em>parterre box</em>

Readers, writers, and stars reflect on the 30th anniversary of “the most essential blog in opera” (NYT)

on December 03, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Filth and dementia Filth and dementia

Zachary Woolfe reflects on the legacy of parterre box founder James Jorden and three decades of “remembering when opera was queer and dangerous and exciting and making it that way again”

La morte verdiana La morte verdiana

An undeniable divide stands between the great idiomatic tradition of operatic performance and the current training models meant to prepare that tradition’s executants.

on July 05, 2021 at 2:16 PM
Left to your own devices Left to your own devices

La Cieca (pictured) wishes her cher public a sensible and safe “Cyber Monday” shopping experience!

on November 26, 2020 at 10:03 PM
Amazon Prime Days! Amazon Prime Days!

Enjoy spectacular savings on everything from tablet computers to RIce Krispies during Amazon Prime Days!

on October 13, 2020 at 1:43 AM
Opera tickets to give away Opera tickets to give away

A parterre box reader has had to cancel an opera trip to Germany scheduled from November 29 – December 6 and wants if possible to share his tickets with members of the cher public.

on November 26, 2019 at 2:51 PM

UPDATED: Now with even more operatic tackiness! A sampling of Diva Dress Disasters submitted by the cher public.Seen worse disasters? Email La Cieca!

on January 30, 2008 at 11:00 PM

In order to stem what seems to be a rising tide of anonymous postings (and to save herself the hassle of deleting them) La Cieca offers these instructions on how to post comments using a Nickname. When you click on the “POST A COMMENT” link, you go to the “Leave your comment” form. At the…

on December 03, 2007 at 11:28 PM

La Cieca’s DVR hard drive will be overflowing by the end of this November since the indispensable Turner Classic Movies has scheduled a whole month of “guest programmers.” Among the celebrities gracing the tube to introduce their favorite flicks will be some of particular interest to the parterre crowd. For example, this Thursday, November 8,…

on November 06, 2007 at 11:50 AM

An interview with director Krzysztof Warlikowski in the current issue of Takt, the house magazine for the Bayerisches Staatsoper, confirms that you, cher public, were exactly right about the “slant” of his new production of Yevgeny Onegin opening tonight in Munich. In the interview (available online, as is the rest of the magazine, in pdf…

on October 31, 2007 at 11:48 AM

UPDATE: And now, my dears, we’ve even reached the AP! (How long before we’re on the UP and every other damn P?) La Cieca’s young, young, young friend Maury D’anatto writes: “Too funny, La Cieca: did you coin hunkentenor? Because there was just this intermission interview with Joseph Kaiser that went somewhat off the rails…

on October 05, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Ever since everyone’s favorite apocryphal diva (with the possible minority exception of Lena Geyer), the oracular Oltrano herself, Marwdew Czgowchwz, vanished across the ocean at a time (time out of mind) that was somehow both 1956 and 1975 and yet neither, La Cieca, like all the rest of you, has reread her first copy of…

on October 04, 2007 at 12:16 PM

La Cieca predicted a cast change earlier, and what do you know, so it came to pass! Soprano Lisette Oropesa will sing the Tuesday prima of the Met’s revival of Le nozze di Figaro and at least one more performance. She is jumping in for the enceinte Isabel Bayrakdarian. Ms. Oropesa is not only a…

on September 28, 2007 at 4:03 PM