drag

Teach me tonight Teach me tonight

Virtual vocal coach Karen takes on the lean, lovely, lustrous larynx of Dusty Pörn.

on September 08, 2020 at 1:26 PM

A loyal reader calls this little number “the worst gown I’ve ever seen.” La Cieca she agrees that Mme. Guleghina’s fashion faux pas here just screams, “that was no lady, that was Lady Macbeth.” On the other hand, your doyenne has seen some rather ghastly frocks in her time, and she’s sure, cher public, that…

on January 29, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Not the newest observation, but perhaps relevant again at the moment. So, tell me, what do these two ladies have in common (besides the family resemblance, of course)? [UPDATE: I’ve traded out the original image of Joyce Castle for something more representative.]

on November 16, 2007 at 3:43 PM

This is why drag was invented. The artistes are James Bondage and Bella ToDyeFor.

on November 07, 2007 at 9:56 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

Curtis Rayam as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, directed by René Jacobs.

on October 30, 2007 at 11:21 PM

“Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense,” a specialist on Catholic canon law has explained. The expert was speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle in the wake of a scandal involving San Francisco’s Archbishop George Niederauer and the activist group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. On October 7, Niedarauer delivered the…

on October 17, 2007 at 3:50 PM
on October 12, 2007 at 12:28 PM

La Cieca’s old, old, old friend and role model Charles Busch returns to the boards this month in the New York stage premiere of one of his

on October 02, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Yes, another YouTube posting, but this one is something very special indeed. Legendary Zarah Leander is seen in a few moments from her 1975 triumph as Madame Armfelt in Das Lächeln einer Sommernacht (A Little Night Music) at the Theater an der Wien. La Leander also cavorts about a studio, lipsynching a medley of her…

on August 30, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Although the cult TV hit Gilmore Girls has just ended its run after seven seasons on the CW, La Cieca thought you might enjoy a video featuring the “missing” Gilmore Girl (Miss Gail, that is.)

on May 21, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Gender-bending diseuse Zarah Leander crosses over into opera to sing “Che farò senza Euridice” in this scene the 1938 film Heimat. It may be noted that the sub-contralto Leander chooses a lower key for this aria than the written C major David Daniels will sing tomorrow night! For more about the iconic Zarah, see Ben…

on May 01, 2007 at 10:08 AM

The doyen of operatic stage direction has done it again! (Or, to be strictly accurate, he has done it for about the twentieth time, but who’s counting?) Thrill to the brilliantly innovative new production of La traviata Franco Zeffirelli just unveiled at the Rome Opera! Oh, if only we could have a production of Traviata…

on April 23, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Even as she toys with the idea of yet another emergence from semi-retirement, Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh is divesting herself of some of her most celebrated frocks. An Ebay auction continuing through March 27 offers such cult couture as the Manon “St. Sulpice” gown and an argentate mantle worn by Madame’s hysterically hieratic Turandot. Also included…

on March 24, 2007 at 8:55 PM