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Nathan Hull was an operatic Quixote who did not go it alone, but inspired bands of optimists, giving proper employment to the many worthy New Yorkers mad enough to study voice and pleasure rare elsewhere to those of us thrilled to take it in.

on August 16, 2020 at 11:22 AM

In related macabre news, (reportedly) gay tenor Sergej Larin died this weekend, and La Cieca has just heard an unconfirmed report that another gay tenor, Giuliano Ciannella, has also passed away.

on January 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Legendary opera administrator Joan Ingpen died on December 29 at the age of 91. The Telegraph has an appreciation of her life and career that includes this observation: “She had wonderful teeth that sparkled like diamonds when they caught the light.”

on January 09, 2008 at 11:10 AM

The legendary mezzo-soprano of the Russian Soviet period, Zara Dolukhanova, died last week at the age of 89. Though she excelled in brilliant Rossini roles in the opera house, her greatest success was as a recitalist. Dolukhanova’s broad repertoire included music from arie antiche to Prokofiev and Stravinsky; unusually for Soviet-era singers, she often included…

on December 10, 2007 at 10:38 PM

The Broadway baritone, star of Camelot, died yesterday at the age of 73. Goulet won a Tony Award for for the 1968 Kander and Ebb musical The Happy Time, and most recently appeared on Broadway as Georges in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles. An obituary and appreciation of the performer can be…

on October 31, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Tribute to Pavarotti at Unnatural Acts of Opera

on September 06, 2007 at 6:49 AM

The American dramatic soprano is heard in the final scene of Daphne (R. Strauss) in a performance from Buenos Aires, 1948. Set Svanholm is Apollo; Erich Kleiber conducts. Rose Bampton sings Daphne

on August 23, 2007 at 8:44 PM

The American soprano, whose voice Toscanini called “the find of the century,” died Tuesday in Vienna. She is heard here singing “Crudele… Non mi dir” from a 1960 performance of Don Giovanni. Teresa Stich-Randall

on July 22, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Régine Crespin in Recital Wolf: Blumengruß – Der Schäfer – Die Spröde – Anakreons Grab -Epiphanias – Mignon I, II and III – Philine – Kennst du das Land Debussy: Le Promenoir des deux amants: Auprès de cette grotte sombre -Crois mon conseil, chère Climène – Je tremble en voyant ton visage Milhaud: Poèmes Juifs…

on July 05, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Actress, singer, arts advocate, socialite, TV personality (and New Orleans native) Kitty Carlisle Hart has died at the age of 96. La Carlisle made her Broadway debut in 1933 in the musical Champagne Sec (a version of Die Fledermaus), then went to Hollywood for a brief stay highlighted by her turn as “Rosa Castaldi” in…

on April 18, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Future plans for ur-diva Ewa Podles include Azucena in Il trovatore at Caramoor (July 2007) with Julianna D’Giacomo, Simon Neill, Daniel Sutin and Daniel Mobbs; then Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia in the spring of 2008 opposite Edita Gruberoba, Jose Bros and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. A company debuts in Manhattan when Ottocento Opera presents a concert of…

on February 04, 2007 at 1:47 AM

Goya, a later (and lesser) work by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007).

on February 02, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Good times and bum times — She saw them all, but my dear,She’s no longer here.The actress everyone is eulogizing as the “definitive Lily Munster” had another, in La Cieca’s opinion far more important credit. In 1971 Yvonne de Carlo created the role of Carlotta Campion in Follies, and introduced the showbiz anthem “I’m Still…

on January 11, 2007 at 11:57 AM

We have just heard that critic and opera fan Stephanie von Buchau has died.

on December 20, 2006 at 4:50 PM