Ewa Podles, 1952-2024 Ewa Podles, 1952-2024

The celebrated and unique Polish contralto was 71.

on January 19, 2024 at 9:03 PM
Queer and dangerous and exciting Queer and dangerous and exciting

Zack Woolfe of The New York Times remembers James Jorden

on October 04, 2023 at 2:08 PM
James Jorden, 1954-2023 James Jorden, 1954-2023

The writers of the Box and James’s friends are saddened to announce the death of the inimitable founder of Parterre Box

on October 03, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Renata Scotto 1934-2023 Renata Scotto 1934-2023

The Italian soprano, pedagogue and mentor has died. She was 89.

on August 16, 2023 at 8:34 AM
Virginia Zeani  1925-2023 Virginia Zeani  1925-2023

We have just read the sad news.

on March 20, 2023 at 9:49 PM
Antonietta Stella 1929-2022 Antonietta Stella 1929-2022

The celebrated Italian soprano died yesterday. She was 92.

on February 23, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Mirella Freni 1935-2020 Mirella Freni 1935-2020

The beloved lyric soprano has died, according to press reports.

on February 09, 2020 at 1:40 PM
NYCO 1943-2019 NYCO 1943-2019

It is with a heavy heart that La Cieca predicts the demise of New York City Opera.

on February 04, 2020 at 9:24 AM
Marcello Giordani 1963-2019 Marcello Giordani 1963-2019

It is reported that the tenor died suddenly today of a heart attack in his home in Augusta, Sicily.

on October 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM
Jessye Norman 1945-2019 Jessye Norman 1945-2019

The Grammy winning opera and concert singer is dead. She was 74.

on September 30, 2019 at 5:43 PM
Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019 Martin Bernheimer 1936-2019

Critic Martin Bernheimer has died. He was 83.

on September 29, 2019 at 1:57 PM
Secret origin Secret origin

On this, the occasion of her 37th birthday [see below], La Cieca is happy to repeat the story of how she came to be born (as first told in the pages of parterre box, issue #28.

on May 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

OperaChic caught the story first, and now it’s even made the AP: Juan Diego Flórez has canceled Chicago (and anything else on the agenda for the next six weeks or so) due to a throat infection from a swallowed fishbone.

on January 31, 2008 at 5:47 PM

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