Dragoon race Dragoon race

Jamie Barton makes her highly-anticipated debut as Carmen opposite the legendary Stephanie Blythe as her alter ego Blythely Oratonio. As Don José!

on June 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM
Color Me Karita Color Me Karita

Superstar diva on Twitter and everywhere else Karita Mattila has just unveiled her next project!

on April 28, 2021 at 12:30 PM
The skills to pay the bills The skills to pay the bills

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has accepted a deal to receive bridge pay in return for returning to the bargaining table.

on March 17, 2021 at 7:07 PM
Put a ‘Ring’ on it Put a ‘Ring’ on it

The eventually reopened Metropolitan Opera promises a swift return to its status quo ante as a farm team for the English National Opera, sharing the London company’s new Ring cycle directed by vieillard terrible Richard Jones.

on February 24, 2021 at 12:20 PM
Remote control Remote control

The Met Orchestra will stream a concert including the virtual participation of Angela Gheorghiu live from Bucharest.

on February 05, 2021 at 11:40 AM
Lockout! Lockout!

The Met is instituting a lockout of its Local One–represented employees (stagehands), effective at midnight tonight.

on December 07, 2020 at 2:04 PM
Sonya or later Sonya or later

“The Met Stars Live in Concert performance featuring soprano Sonya Yoncheva, which was rescheduled for this Saturday, November 28, has now been moved to Saturday, February 27, 2021, as Ms. Yoncheva is still ill (with a non-Covid illness).” Thus speaks the Met’s press department.

on November 24, 2020 at 3:19 PM
Monster recital sacré Monster recital sacré

“Pèlerin Deslieux had arrived to escort her to Carnegie Hall. They would walk over together. ‘There’s a queue from here to there!’ he told her.”

on October 12, 2020 at 3:46 PM
Take the money and run Take the money and run

The Met settled with disgraced former music director James Levine for a cool $3.5 million.

on September 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Infection Infection

Tonight’s performance of Don Carlo at the Bolshoi Opera has been canceled because bass Ildar Abdrazakov has tested positive for COVID-19.

on September 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM
The end of Columbia Artists The end of Columbia Artists

La Cieca has heard that Columbia Artists Management Inc. will cease operations on Monday, August 31.

on August 29, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Denial Denial

“It was the one-armed man,” the veteran tenor explained.

on August 23, 2020 at 1:43 PM
NYCO, yet again? NYCO, yet again?

New York City Opera (remember them?) have announced a program for spring 2021, with repertoire consistent with the company’s recent policy of equal-opportunity pandering.

on August 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM
It started in Naples It started in Naples

The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli’s lavish outdoor concert series continues with Aida featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Anita Rachvelishvili.

on July 29, 2020 at 3:16 PM
Never can say goodbye Never can say goodbye

James Levine is back, or at least is scheduled to be back!

on July 06, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Dark and darker Dark and darker

San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago have announced the cancellation of their respective 2020 fall seasons.

on June 16, 2020 at 3:37 PM
Bad news bared Bad news bared

The Metropolitan Opera is heading for a very rocky couple of years.

on June 05, 2020 at 11:33 AM
Met postpones opening to December 31 Met postpones opening to December 31

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has made the difficult decision to cancel the first few months of its 2020–21 season, based on current information regarding the ongoing health crisis. The new season is now scheduled to begin on December 31, 2020, with a special gala performance, the details of which will be shared at a later date.

on June 01, 2020 at 4:02 PM
A Skype full of stars A Skype full of stars

The Metropolitan Opera announced plans today to live-stream what it is billing as an “At-Home Gala” on Saturday, April 25, at 1pm EDT, featuring performances by many of the company’s most prominent artists, live from their own quarantines around the world.

on April 13, 2020 at 4:25 PM
Met cancels remainder of season Met cancels remainder of season

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, which was to have ended on May 9, 2020.

on March 19, 2020 at 1:31 PM
Met, Carnegie, NYP, Broadway shut down Met, Carnegie, NYP, Broadway shut down

The Metropolitan Opera and other venues have announced they will cancel performances as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

on March 12, 2020 at 12:49 PM
Shut it down! Shut it down!

It’s time for New York City to close down large-scale public gatherings, including Broadway theater and opera.

on March 11, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Princess of the posse Princess of the posse

La Cieca hears that the centerpiece of the 2021 Salzburg Easter Festival will be a new production of Turandot conducted by Christian Thielemann (not pictured) .

on March 09, 2020 at 4:17 PM
Met imposes quarantine Met imposes quarantine

La Cieca has obtained a letter from the Met’s Assistant General Manager, Artistic informing artists arriving in New York from certain high-risk areas they are subject to a two-week quarantine before rehearsing or performing.

on March 03, 2020 at 2:56 PM