You spin me right round, baby You spin me right round, baby

“Labels play a hugely important role in our listening lives.”

on July 20, 2018 at 12:06 PM
Merci beaucoup, Dr. Pédagogie! Merci beaucoup, Dr. Pédagogie!

Baritones: is there anything they don’t know?

on May 03, 2018 at 5:07 PM
Una vittima della sventura Una vittima della sventura

Remember the disastrous 2010 Traviata at the Met, “conducted” by Leonard Slatkin?

on September 25, 2017 at 12:36 PM
Schadenfreude, schöner Götterfunken Schadenfreude, schöner Götterfunken

“One of the most highly-regarded pianists of our time, Grigory Sokolov, has refused to accept the Cremona Music Award 2015 because it has previously been awarded to the blogger Norman Lebrecht.”

on September 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM
How cher the public How cher the public

You know, the commenters at (pictured) may get a bit testy from time to time, but at least nobody here says stuff like, oh, for example…

on August 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM
Blood and Sandow Blood and Sandow

Friend and friend-in-law of parterre box Greg Sandow pours the oil of calm and rational analysis upon the troubled waters of the Met’s current labor negotiations in the most recent installment of his always excellent (not to mention eponymous) blog.

on August 01, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Loo! Here the Gentle Lark Loo! Here the Gentle Lark

“Toilets occupy me a great deal because, well, this is England after all and they matter.”

on May 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Spring will be a little late this year Spring will be a little late this year

La bohème  is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating.

on March 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Blessings counted Blessings counted

On the rare occasions when La Cieca has an issue with a commenter or commenters on this site, she has only to remind herself that things could be a whole lot worse.

on December 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM
The opposite of canard is truth The opposite of canard is truth

“Is Parsifal, then, a religious artwork, or is it a work ‘about’ religion?”

on December 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Don’t be defeatist, dear Don’t be defeatist, dear

“After attending the dress rehearsal in London I wrote the following to Mr Carsen to give him the opportunity to make changes.”

on December 07, 2013 at 6:52 PM
Equal temperament Equal temperament

On the occasion of “the greatest party for Classical Music on the planet,” the Last Night of the Proms, mezzo Joyce DiDonato quietly (but audibly) takes a stand for equality.

on September 06, 2013 at 5:39 AM
Transparency Transparency

Opera Teen (pictured, second from left) is not kidding us: he had an interview with Peter Gelb.

on November 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Kaufmänner Kaufmänner

“Taking the libretto’s description of ‘panther-like’ literally, Bacchus appears in a shiny leopard-print suit…”

on August 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Encouraging young things to grow Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history.

on May 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Aftermath Aftermath

“Aus den Trümmern der zusammengestürzten Halle sehen die Männer und Frauen in höchster Ergriffenheit dem wachsenden Feuerschein am Himmel zu.”

on May 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Petered out Petered out

Daniel Wakin reports that “WQXR pulled a blog posting critical of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle last month after the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, personally complained to the radio station’s top executive…”

on May 01, 2012 at 1:03 PM

UPDATE: Blogger Out West Arts reflects on the “Occupy Wall Street” incident at the Met’s Faust last night, noting that the shouts (and various responses from members of the audience) did not interrupt the music.

on December 04, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Randal Turner, pictured above, is but one of 33 barihunks featured in—who ever would have guessed?— “the first Barihunks calendar,” just in time for holiday giving and receiving. All proceeds from the calendar, available at the Barihunks site, will be donated to young artist programs. (Photo by Sarah Wells)

on November 14, 2011 at 2:51 PM

La Cieca is delighted to announce that after a long absence Our Own JJ (not pictured) has returned to the pages of Musical America with another entry in his “Rough and Regie” blog— this time comparing Atys with Follies.

on September 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Congratulations to the composer (Two Boys, Dark Sisters) and blogger on this day of transition from Wunderkind to Wundererwachsener. (Photo by Sam West)

on August 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Surgery for Kaufmann Surgery for Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled a tour to Japan with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in September in order to schedule surgery to remove a “node” from his chest. [Intermezzo]

on August 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

After 15 years of astoundingly accurate forecasts of future Met seasons, the invaluable resource by Brad Wilber has been, apparently, permanently expunged from the internet. Those of you who, like La Cieca, will cherish the last bits of wisdom from this site may want to download and save this PDF of the most recent cached…

on August 08, 2011 at 10:36 AM

La Cieca’s lovely and talented colleague Olivia Giovetti takes on the Met’s gift shop in the latest installment of her WQX-Aria blog. La Cieca herself is of at the very least two minds about the changes to the gift shop, but she’ll invite you, the cher public, to chew on this issue before starts gnawing…

on June 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM