“The first thing a Cry-Baby girl learns: our bazooms are our weapons!” “The first thing a Cry-Baby girl learns: our bazooms are our weapons!”

“It started out as something of a dinner party crowd-pleaser.”

on April 29, 2016 at 10:38 AM
Hooterdämmerung? Hooterdämmerung?

“It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian likes to dress as if she’s going to the opera each day.”

on August 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Hooterdämmerung Hooterdämmerung

Is there anything more essentially operatic than the suffering of women?

on September 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Carry on Cleo Carry on Cleo

Natalie Dessay coyly bares a breast on the cover of Virgin Classics’ new Giulio Cesare.

on December 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM
Boom and bust Boom and bust

Just for you girls, Betsy turns her headlights on a nice handful of operas that will no doubt prove to be bags of fun.

on August 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

La Cieca supposes that maybe the reason Angela Gheorghiu doesn’t include any music from Manon Lescaut on her new “Homage to Callas” CD is that she can’t quite identify with the character?

on November 01, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Three Juliettes, three different seasons of the Met’s Roméo et Juliette: Natalie Dessay in 2005, Anna Netrebko in 2007, Hei-Kyung Hong in 2011. At this rate, La Cieca predicts that the role will be performed in the nude sometime around 2025. (Photos: Dessay and Hong by Marty Sohl, Netrebko by Ken Howard.)

on March 07, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Above is a preliminary PR photo of Eva-Maria Westbroek in the “biggest than life” titular role of the Mark-Anthony Turnage/Richard Thomas bio-opera Anna Nicole, set to open tonight at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. But without the benefit of Photoshop and artful lighting, what do Westbroek and Anna Nicole really look like?

on February 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

You can stop all your wondering about who will play Anna Nicole Smith in the eponymous oeuvre by Mark-Anthony Turnage (The Silver Tassie) and Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: the Opera), scheduled for a premiere at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in February 2011. It’s Eva-Maria Westbroek, seen here in the (ahem) Titelpartie of Lady Macbeth…

on February 22, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky offer an object lesson in the traditional old school performance practice of “lurch and flail” operatic acting.

on January 23, 2010 at 10:59 AM

“Opera singer” Katherine Jenkins canceled her appearance at last night’s National Television Awards due to (wait for it!) a “chest infection.” [digital spy]

on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Katherine Jenkins, C-list Britpop has-beens… and Rolando Villazón in a ginormous jewfro. No, this does not bode well.

on January 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM

In an unexpected bonus round of “This Diva Looks Like That Diva,” conspiracy theorists will surely puzzle over the eerily similar headshots of these two New York Post columnists.  

on December 13, 2009 at 4:24 PM

La Cieca’s old, old, old friend Zachary Woolfe will take to the airwaves tomorrow morning to discuss, among other less titillating topics, the controversial omission of pastied boobage from the Met’s impending HD of Les Contes d’Hoffmann.  You can hear Zack on WQXR’s Arts File at 8:30am, on 105.9FM or wqxr.org.

on December 10, 2009 at 1:49 PM

“I cannot clothe them! I need models!” Miuccia Prada “reportedly groaned” when confronted with “curvy” supers hired for the Met’s new production of Attila. [Page Six]

on December 09, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Condescending to opera lovers across America — and cheating both Bartlett Sher and Squirrel out of the simple joys of partial nudity — the Met has decided to censor the December 19th High Def broadcast of Les Contes d’Hoffmann!

on December 04, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Squirrel was expecting boobs! People, there were no boobs, and for that, I was a little disappointed.

on November 22, 2009 at 8:46 PM

¡Mira! Mean, moody magnificent Manuela Trasobares! 

on November 11, 2009 at 7:56 PM
Dawn of the Philistines Dawn of the Philistines

I’m not sure who I find more annoying – the partisans who vigorously defend Luc Bondy‘s production of Tosca at the Met or those who decry it.  As Bondy’s production replaces one of the Met’s signature offerings, both groups have seized on this event as a watershed event in the history of opera in America…

on October 13, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Four of the cher public caught yesterday’s HD presentation of Tosca and have agreed to share their impressions with La Cieca and the rest: “The death of Puccini’s Tosca was much exaggerated, in fact it did not take place.” “After about 34 years of going to the opera, I don’t think I’ve ever left a…

on October 11, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Is it just me, or is Patricia Racette on the cusp of turning into Aprile Millo? (Oh, and while we’re on the subject: it certainly took her long enough, but finally The People’s Diva really looks like a diva! Brava, you go on like this!)

on September 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

“Tosca gashes the portrait of the Magdalene (with a breast bared)…” Also: damn those bloggers! Damn them!  [NYT]

on September 22, 2009 at 7:08 PM

“Opera singer” Katherine Jenkins has been insured against getting swine flu. [Wales Online]

on August 23, 2009 at 2:12 AM

You know, La Cieca and her alter ego JJ are just like the pair in that lovely

on July 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM