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The news from New York has been rather dire these last few weeks, cher public; La Cieca is the first to admit that.

on August 09, 2014 at 3:38 AM
Mama’s talkin’ loud Mama’s talkin’ loud

Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!

on October 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM
And no bones! And no bones!

Apparently, opera fans got the bright side of the bargain: say “Macbeth” in the theater and you court cataclysm; utter the name in the opera house and, as often as not, you merely predict disappointment.

on March 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Is this the new Mari Lyn?

on December 16, 2011 at 6:11 PM
And the Pubies go to… And the Pubies go to…

At long last, the most closely guarded secret of 2011 (besides, you know, everything about what’s going to happen to City Opera) is about to be revealed. Ladies and public, the Second Annual Parterre Cher Public Choice Awards!

on May 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM

“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 title of this site says it all: Fotografie orribili di cantanti.

on December 22, 2010 at 8:19 AM

“Tyler Perry‘s… For Colored Girls does feel like a ghoulish joke, a dated horror show bordering on parody. It’s both operatic and tone deaf, with explosions of hysteria that include a drunken Macy Gray performing a back-alley abortion and the conversion of a poem spoken by [Ntozake] Shange‘s Lady in Purple into an actual opera…

on November 04, 2010 at 9:56 AM

What a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in…

on July 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Maria Guleghina‘s Turandot on PBS right now, and, holy hell, I didn’t realize just how incredibly awful it sounded. How could anyone let such a thing be released — no, escape — on HD?

on May 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

The results are in for the first annual Pubie Awards, nominated and voted upon by you, the Cher Public. Turnout this year was spectacular, with some categories racking up as many as 2,647 votes. A few of the races were close, and La Cieca thinks you’ll see an upset or two among the winners, after…

on May 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Dimitra Theodossiou “takes” a high E-flat at the end of Odabella’s cabaletta.

on March 06, 2010 at 4:50 PM

You know, La Cieca lived through the 1980s, just barely, and then imagine her surprise when, midway through the 2000s, there was a revival of all that 80s stuff — shoulder pads, leggings, big hair, glitter. All of it. Well, no, not quite all of it. There was one trend of the 1980s whose revival…

on February 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM

La Cieca listened to Sirius for a while tonight, but then her ears began to bleed. When the best singing comes from Margaret Juntwait… but I gotta tell ya, folks.

on January 07, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Long before there was

on December 10, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Okay, La Cieca is finally ready to add another hard and fast “don’t” to her Rules for Stage Directors. To wit: Even if a scene calls for something fantastical, and even if the mezzo doesn’t actually walk out of the production when she first sees the costume… if your imagery immediately and inevitably screams “Star…

on December 09, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Or is La Cieca mistaken: could this rather be Alfred Deller‘s “after hours” show? 

on November 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Remember Dragana Jugovic del Monaco? Oh, come on, who could ever

on November 27, 2009 at 2:53 PM

¡Mira! Mean, moody magnificent Manuela Trasobares! 

on November 11, 2009 at 7:56 PM

The life of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is almost as melodramatic as that of its heroine. Composed in the early 1930’s, the opera was well received at its 1934 Leningrad premiere, and was also a success in Moscow a couple of years later. Then one evening Stalin came to see it and…

on November 08, 2009 at 10:59 AM

They should have overlooked the cell phone, but arrested her for this video.

on October 28, 2009 at 6:24 PM

La Cieca realizes it’s not quite fair to judge an artist from a few minutes of video or from what is apparently a dress rehearsal. But it doesn’t seem to be going out on much of a limb to say: this Nadja Michael can’t sing. 

on October 17, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I hate it when this happens. Rosenkavalier Duet

on October 16, 2009 at 7:24 PM

People often come up to me and say, La Cieca, “Who do you think will be the next Renée Fleming?” Well, all, right, that doesn’t actually happen often, or even rarely. In fact, it doesn’t happen at all. But be that as it may, La Cieca has found “the next Renée Fleming,” or at least…

on September 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM