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Teresa Berganza 1933 – 2022 Teresa Berganza 1933 – 2022

The beloved concert and opera singer died earlier today.

on May 13, 2022 at 3:54 PM
A crash course in adult relationships A crash course in adult relationships

The mixture of romance and realism in Sondheim songs, the revelation that while love could be grand and passionate it could also be mundane or inconvenient or mistimed or just plain embarrassing, was such a relief.

on November 29, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Anyone can puzzle Anyone can puzzle

Steve adored puzzles, solving them and creating them, so it makes you wonder that this one continued to fester—was that so few of his songs attained the rank of “standard.”

on November 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Learning how to laugh Learning how to laugh

When I think of Stephen Sondheim, so many of my memories are not simply about shows of his I loved and learned from—they are experiences that literally shaped my life.

on November 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Stephen Sondheim 1930-2021 Stephen Sondheim 1930-2021

The master of Broadway musical theater died suddenly earlier today at his home in Connecticut.

on November 26, 2021 at 5:12 PM
Listening to Bernard Haitink Listening to Bernard Haitink

In the month and a half leading to Bernard Haitink’s passing on October 21, my AirPods constantly channeled a musical festival of sorts centered on the Dutch giant’s expansive discography. 

on October 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Edita Gruberova 1946-2021 Edita Gruberova 1946-2021

The Slovak soprano, whose career spanned more than 50 years, died yesterday in Zurich. She was 74.

on October 19, 2021 at 7:45 AM
Gianna Rolandi 1952-2021 Gianna Rolandi 1952-2021

American soprano Gianna Rolandi died Sunday morning, according to a number of her friends and colleagues. She was 68.

on June 20, 2021 at 6:26 PM
Ghena Meirson 1957-2021 Ghena Meirson 1957-2021

April is the cruelest month, the song tells us—but this year, it was a week later. Ghenady Meirson, Philadelphia’s master of Russian Opera and coach extraordinaire, died on May 8.

on May 11, 2021 at 11:26 AM
Christa Ludwig 1928 – 2021 Christa Ludwig 1928 – 2021

The renowned interpreter of Wagner, Mozart and Strauss for more than four decades died yesterday.

on April 25, 2021 at 3:46 PM
Lois Kirschenbaum 1933-2021 Lois Kirschenbaum 1933-2021

We all lost a great champion of the arts as news arrived that Lois Kirschenbaum passed away on 27 March at the Beth Israel hospital.

on March 29, 2021 at 6:33 PM
James Levine 1943-2021 James Levine 1943-2021

The conductor and former music director of the Metropolitan Opera died on March 9.

on March 17, 2021 at 10:11 AM
Nooks and crannies Nooks and crannies

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