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on October 21, 2009 at 1:59 PM

La Cieca is all for crossover, but… In response to several questions from commenters, La Cieca will say, no, she does not believe that Vitas takes “the” high e-flat. However, there is another genetic male on YouTube who does have the note: Lallanzinho!

on January 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

The Washington National Opera has announced their 2008-2009 season will feature headliners Renée Fleming and Andrea Bocelli under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo. According to an article by Our Own Anne Midgette in today’s Washington Post, The Beautiful Voice will grace a new production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, an opera that has deep personal…

on January 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM

“As implied by the title, this collection probes deeply into Wagner’s vast Ring…. Among the highlights is the revealing chapter on the many characters than Wagner has managed to cram into his Ring. Also covered are the brass instruments that Wagner designed specifically for use within his Ring.” The infelicitous title of this musiciological study…

on December 27, 2007 at 12:19 PM

This video indicates some of the underlying reasons for the recent shocking increase in acts of violence against character tenors.

on December 11, 2007 at 3:11 PM

“My theory: Composers who ignore significant parts of their being – nationality included – cut their creativity off at the knees. Barber was being derivative in self-defeating ways out of deference to the operatic genre. Bernstein, in comparison, was out to tell important stories using the most effective means possible…” David Patrick Stearns adds his…

on November 25, 2007 at 1:44 AM

Oh, all right, La Cieca admits it, this is not a photo from a production of Vanessa. She will say, though, that this is what a production of Vanessa should look like, and hold the scrim trees. In fact, this is a scene from Lyric Opera of Chicago‘s new Die Frau ohne Schatten, which by…

on November 20, 2007 at 3:26 PM

“Soprano Lauren Flanigan turned her vaunted acting skills to the task of portraying the sophisticated allure of Vanessa, hampered more than a little by a stiff auburn wig and dowdy costumes that left her looking like Nellie Oleson’s mother. Happily, on November 8, Flanigan was in superb voice, sailing fearlessly up to fiery high B’s…

on November 15, 2007 at 8:26 PM

“Samuel Barber . . . for decades remained Menotti‘s closest friend and most trusted colleague. Having first met when they were teenagers studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the two men established an enduring friendship and shared homes . . . where they lived as hard-working artists and professional composers.” Oh brother!…

on November 01, 2007 at 11:41 PM

“1,000 faces and ten years of Kumm at the National Opera” is the intriguing headline of what disappointingly turns out to be a review of a rock concert. And La Cieca was so sure this was in some way connected with the impending prima of the Krzysztof Warlikowski production of Yevgeny Onegin.

on October 30, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Well, no, Charles Wuorinen has not finished his Brokeback Mountain opera quite yet. In fact, this photo is from a new staging of a standard repertory work. Can you identify it? (Guesses only, please — if you know this production, please recuse yourself!) Click to enlarge.

on October 28, 2007 at 5:57 PM

One of La Cieca’s pet peeves (and you know she has so many she has to keep them organized with a spreadsheet), well, anyway, one of La Cieca’s pet peeves is that operatic orgies so rarely bear even the vaguest resemblance to orgies in real life. Why, just last week, La Cieca was viewing the…

on October 15, 2007 at 2:39 PM

New York-based artist Nikos Floros has created an artistic tribute to La Divina herself from 20 thousand beer and soft drink cans for an art exhibition in Athens. The exhibition includes a sculptural gown inspired by Maria Callas’s costume for Iphigénie en Tauride featuring ring-pulls that become a lace-like collar. A kimono sculpture is inspired…

on October 15, 2007 at 11:46 AM
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