It’s now or Neva It’s now or Neva

In preparation for her much-awaited Met debut, Lise Davidsen sings the arioso from Queen of Spades.

on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Triple threat Triple threat

Introducing “Dancing Contralto Daria Chebanenko!”

on November 16, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Heartfelt Heartfelt

Countertenor sensation Jakub Jozef Orlinski sings “Pena tiranna” from Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula.

on November 07, 2019 at 1:15 PM
Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl?

Here’s a look at the genuinely sensational performance by Asmik Grigorian in a new Manon Lescaut in Frankfurt.

on October 13, 2019 at 6:23 PM
Slow curtain, the end Slow curtain, the end

La Cieca has discovered a document of Plácido Domingo‘s faute de mieux Metropolitan Opera farewell performance.

on September 26, 2019 at 8:48 PM
Oh the ombra of it all! Oh the ombra of it all!

The expression “gayer than eight guys fucking nine guys” gets thrown around a lot these days…

on February 17, 2019 at 5:29 PM
Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real? Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?

Jakub Józef Orlinski as Harry Potter!

on February 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Cult of personality Cult of personality

She makes it into a mash-up of Cours-la-Reine and “A Great Lady Has An Interview.”

on February 06, 2019 at 2:52 PM
Conception Conception

Your doyenne’s origin myth must always be understood to begin with the bite of a radioactive soprano way back in 1976.

on December 13, 2018 at 12:41 PM
Fish are jumping Fish are jumping

The ever-astonishing Cecilia Bartoli riffs on the Gershwins’ “Summertime.”

on November 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Rodelinda warrior Rodelinda warrior

Ardent, astonishing, animated Anthony Roth Costanzo has just unveiled the music video for “Vivi, tiranno.”

on October 04, 2018 at 4:15 PM
You mean the butcher, Grandma You mean the butcher, Grandma

La Cieca wishes to be among the first to congratulate Jessye Norman, who has emerged from semi-retirement to leap upon the musical theater bandwagon.

on July 26, 2018 at 4:54 PM
“Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè” “Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè”

Here’s a set of comments that I think really captures the duality of YouTube — two criticisms of Jonas Kaufmann. I won’t say which I personally find more valid! 

on July 20, 2018 at 7:40 AM
The queen’s speech The queen’s speech

Legendary diva and long-time friend of parterre box Aprile Millo offers a gracious and witty speech in acceptance of the Verdi d’Oro Prize in Busseto.

on July 15, 2018 at 11:41 AM