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The Price is wrong

A spy informs La Cieca, “In the question and answer segment of tonight’s evening honoring Jessye Norman at National Sawdust, this guy stood up and asked the diva what it felt like getting trapped inside the stage pyramid during the Met’s premiere of Antony and Cleopatra.”  Read more »

You mean the butcher, Grandma

La Cieca wishes to be among the first to congratulate Jessye Norman, who has emerged from semi-retirement to leap upon the musical theater bandwagon. The legendary diva is currently appearing in Tokyo in a new production of Fiddler on the Roof directed by Julie TaymorRead more »

Tongue tied

After January’s well-received Mozart concert-aria-orgy, Trove Thursday’s latest folie de grandeur is an overflowing three-part explosion of post-war divas in live performances of unexpected arias always in the “wrong language.”  Read more »

Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

Tristan has been the season-launching opera three times before now, but good luck finding someone to provide a firsthand account of the last time.

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Winter afternoon’s dream

It took the better part of a decade—including two high-profile cancelations—or New York to finally hear Anna Netrebko in recital.

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She declares witheringly

“Dress size is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.”

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Erwartung at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

La Cieca wishes the divine Jessye Norman the very best of luck with her newly-released autobiography Stand Up Straight and Sing, because—not to put too fine a point on it—it doesn’t look like the diva is going to make much of a go of her second career as a saloon singer.

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Putting on the Ritz

Leave it to that savviest of all divas, Jessye Norman, to work a subtle product placement into the very first chapter of her newly-released autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing.

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