Like Liza Minnelli at the Palace or Nomi Malone in Goddess, Renée Fleming‘s Thaïs is better understood as diva event than Gesamtkunstwerk. It’s an opportunity to watch a star lady do her voodoo in a work that exists largely to showcase her glamour and appeal.

on February 08, 2010 at 12:45 PM

The “Voice of an Angel” was born February 1, 1922.

on February 01, 2010 at 4:06 PM

La Cieca hears that Olga Borodina still has whatever it was she had on Wednesday, and so will have to cancel tonight’s Met performance of Carmen as well.

on January 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Legendary diva Raina Kabaivanska, who announced her farewell to opera her two years ago as the Countess in Queen of Spades, has changed her mind. The soprano has accepted the leading role in Nino Rota‘s opera buffa La scuola di guida (The Driving School), as a woman who falls in love with her driving instructor.…

on January 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM

UPDATE: Dessay has “just now” confirmed she will go on for tonight’s performance, which begins in about 15 minutes.

on January 25, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Any article bearing the headline “I am doing this for the public” is sure to catch La Cieca’s attention. All the better when the “this” is a new recording of La traviata starring the exiles of Rome Opera, Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato.

on January 18, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Set the DVR! Tonight on TCM at 8:00 PM: among the campiest of all operatic movie musicals, The Great Waltz, starring that most stratospheric of sopranos, Miliza Korjus!

on January 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

The American soprano was born 84 years ago today.

on January 08, 2010 at 1:59 PM

There’s lots of coverage in both Italian and English-language media today about how Franco Zeffirelli (sort of) called Daniela Dessì “fat.” La Cieca chose this one because it had the funniest pictures. [The Telegraph]

on January 08, 2010 at 10:10 AM

A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr last night left me longing for a little more than we were given. Yes, there are some wonderful things about this revival of Stephen Sondheim’s most unabashedly romantic musical – and I’ll get to those in a minute – but the sets and costumes by David Farley…

on January 06, 2010 at 3:28 PM

A tribute to Kennedy Center honoree Grace Bumbry from fellow laureate Aretha Franklin. 

on December 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Cabaret goddess Ute Lemper appears amidst the intime ambiance of Joe’s Pub in NYC later this week to explore “the world of Berlin Kabarett, the backstreets of Montmartre and Pigalle with the French Chansons Realistes and the fantastic, sensual songs of Argentinian Tango in between Buenos Aires and New York.” Whew, let’s hope she has…

on December 08, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thrill to double-barreled diva excitement as that most regal of Kennedy Center honorees Grace Bumbry converses with always awesome Anne Midgette! [Washington Post]

on December 07, 2009 at 5:34 PM

“I can tell you honestly, I’m not that passionate anymore about singing and all this stuff, you know?” [New York Observer]

on December 02, 2009 at 11:55 AM

“This is the second of 3 postings to You Tube of a complete video of the curtain calls for … Nina Ananiashvili‘s final performance with ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York….” [

on November 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

So La Cieca can only assume at this point that Franco Zeffirelli wants to spare his family the expense of an elaborate funeral, because he does seem to be going out of his way to alienate not only colleagues but the public as well.  Now the legendary stage director has protested the appearance of popular…

on November 28, 2009 at 12:44 AM

A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was desperate to go to Aprile Millo’s long awaited recital but it simply wasn’t in the budget. La Cieca sent a posting mentioning she would give her extra ticket to the first one who e-mails her. I sent it, I got it, and the rest is history… 

on November 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Attached you will find the song lineup for last night’s Aprile Millo recital, though as the saying goes, there were some changes to the printed program. The first half went more or less as planned, though after the R. Strauss a man exiting the auditorium tripped and fell in the aisle, hit his head on…

on November 18, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Dame Kiri te Kanawa‘s cousin (who calls the opera diva “auntie because of the age difference”) is promoting “Australia’s first pole-dancing championships.” 

on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

For no particular reason, La Cieca has been thinking of the duet “E un anatema” from La Gioconda, and for a very particular reason, she’s been thinking of Aprile Millo. Anyway, to get the discussion started for the weekend, cher public, how’d you like to share your favorite performances of this duet, YouTube style, down…

on November 13, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Raina Kabaivanska sings in a film by Patrice Chéreau.

on November 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

The legendary dramatic soprano was born November 7, 1936.

on November 07, 2009 at 11:51 AM

At this point, Maria Guleghina is still listed as tonight’s Turandot at the Met. Any of the cher public attending this performance are encouraged to share news, reviews and scuttlebutt about what did or did not happen (broad enough for you?) here in the comments section.

on October 31, 2009 at 3:51 PM

The legendary costume designer for film was born October 28, 1897 in Searchlight, Nevada. Miss Head dressed practically everyone in Hollywood, including Helen Traubel, seen after the jump in an outtake from the 1961 comedy The Ladies’ Man.

on October 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM