“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up” “To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up”

Tosca, as it exists now, can’t be real, spontaneous drama-it’s just Camp.

on June 03, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Sincerely yours Sincerely yours

Today is Liberace‘s centennial!

on May 16, 2019 at 1:44 PM
Gold dust woman Gold dust woman

“Dress fitting for my new role debut as Abigaille.”

on May 12, 2019 at 9:01 PM
Sondheim sensibility: camp Sondheim sensibility: camp

The singularity of Stephen Sondheim contributes to the conception of him as a camp figure.

on December 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
With one look you’ll know all you need to know With one look you’ll know all you need to know

You naysayers out there who are guffawing at Renée Fleming’s long-anticipated descent into utter camp: hey, be nice!

on September 07, 2018 at 10:35 PM
Broadcast: Vanessa Broadcast: Vanessa

Live from the Glyndebourne Festival starting at 1:30 this afternoon: a telecast of that campest of all camp operas, Vanessa.

on August 14, 2018 at 9:45 AM
Fun laughs good times Fun laughs good times

The legendary performance of “Hey Big Spender” by Marilyn Horne, Carol Burnett and Eileen Farrell has shown up on YouTube.

on August 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Ja, sah er Baden ahn der Ruf Ja, sah er Baden ahn der Ruf

La Cieca’s nomination for Song of the Year 2016: an elaborate but hideously tasteless unintentional joke.

on December 29, 2016 at 2:49 AM
Conversion narrative Conversion narrative

Blood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season.

on December 13, 2016 at 1:09 PM
Le cirque des étoiles Le cirque des étoiles

Of all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice.

on March 03, 2016 at 8:56 AM
How fatal was my sdegno! How fatal was my sdegno!

I think we can all agree that this Anna Pirozzi is the real thing!

on February 11, 2016 at 3:00 AM
High notes on camp High notes on camp

“In naïve, or pure, Camp, the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails.”

on October 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM
The bough friend The bough friend

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain.

on May 09, 2015 at 6:45 AM
Drop dead diva Drop dead diva

My first experience with John Corigliano’s music was in high school with the ear and mind blowing score he wrote for Ken Russell’s film Altered States.

on February 09, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Top hatters Top hatters

Christopher Alden‘s production of Handel’s Partenope is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.

on October 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM
Fish are jumping and the dudgeon is high Fish are jumping and the dudgeon is high

“Quaint camp, says Rupert Christiansen.”

on June 04, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Queen of the Maybe Queen of the Maybe

“I didn’t think anything could be campier than Adriana. But this is nothing but camp. Adriana at least has tunes.”

on March 05, 2013 at 9:38 AM
The V.I.P.s The V.I.P.s

Your doyenne La Cieca (not pictured) invites you to our weekly discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

on November 25, 2012 at 1:53 AM
O Caftan! My Caftan! O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman.)

on October 21, 2012 at 1:00 AM

The Monday, 12th December, Weill Hall recital debut of Signora Chiara Taigi, a strikingly good looking Italian soprano, who had made her American operatic debut this past March, starring as Selika in the OONY production of Meyerbeer’s long-neglected L’Africaine, was something Your Own Camille had looked forward to with a high hopes and a faintly…

on December 14, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Like the double or triple negative (where theoretically pairs of “nots” cancel each other out, but in practice you can’t be so sure) this tidbit of news La Cieca just read has her confused and uncertain. It seems that at a recital in Tulsa last night, Dame Kiri te Kanawa sang as an encore a…

on March 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM

“It’s just that it seems rather perverse to have cast such opulent voices and then given them not much to sing…. the role of Anna Nicole would not stretch Danielle de Niese.” Loyal parterrian Jondrytay (not pictured) looked in on the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and shared this thoughts on his blog Not So Wunderbar.

on March 02, 2011 at 10:04 AM

“The L.A. Phil’s new season is up, too, and the big news there is (for me anyway) the premiere of a new sacred oratorio by John Adams, entitled The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Maybe he gave it that title to distinguish it from a forthcoming work by Mark Adamo. “What? No, I meant…

on February 09, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Commenter emerita Poison Ivy (now a blogress in her own right) takes on the dark side of fandom over at Poison Ivy’s Wall of Text. Find out what the fan did!

on January 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM