Fire and music Fire and music

“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love…”

on January 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM
Drama queen Drama queen

The very first words in this issue are “Renata Scotto will return to the American operatic stage in the 2001 season!”

on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Oh say can you view Oh say can you view

“Tune in to ABC… at 11:00 am EST, when Renée joins the ladies of The View and guest co-host Jay Mohr to talk about her upcoming performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.”

on January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Destination moon Destination moon

The legend of the mermaid is ancient, and recently scientists have theorized that these legends might have arisen when humans encountered marine mammals such as whales, seals, or sea lions.

on January 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
Bass-barihunk Bass-barihunk

Richard Bernstein is a very good-looking guy, even with his clothes on.”

on January 08, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Plying her trade Plying her trade

“Renowned soprano Renée Fleming demonstrates how she can treat a song like a mini-opera.”

on January 08, 2014 at 9:45 AM
She is a diamond She is a diamond

“La Cieca cannot imagine it is much fun to sing ‘Dove sono’ when you’re suffering a fresh case of the Reno jumpy-wumps.”

on December 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM
Tattoo, amore, tu! Tattoo, amore, tu!

Vintage issue #33

on December 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Pick your poison Pick your poison

I think we’re all aware by now of the wicked libel that the French dramatist Victor Hugo concocted about the fair Lucrezia Borgia with his depiction of her as a murderous virago.

on December 01, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Shocked disbelief Shocked disbelief

Her appearance is incongruous to this setting.

on September 04, 2013 at 8:08 PM
We’ll settle that tonight! We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

on August 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM
Leveraged canard Leveraged canard

“Sing on your vocal interest, not your vocal principal!”

on August 02, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Female on the beach Female on the beach

Christian Thielemann has proved himself to be the preeminent Strauss interpreter of the current generation of conductors and he’s in striking  form here.

on June 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM
Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.

on March 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Teen spirit Teen spirit

La Cieca thought it would be amusing to do a bit of speculation about what’s to come as we approach the middle of the decade.

on March 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Even smiling makes my face ache Even smiling makes my face ache

You might even call it “fun.”

on November 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Once in half a lifetime Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

on November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Our retrospection will now be all to the future Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

on October 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM
Thanking you so much Thanking you so much

La Scoopenda tries on Vera Galupe-Borszkh‘s mantle of grandezza for an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

on October 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM
So what’s the deal with the Dew Fairy? So what’s the deal with the Dew Fairy?

Renée Fleming, celebrated soprano, musical ambassador and riffmeister…

on September 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Turban planning Turban planning

Press release: “Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Renée Fleming Wears Her Creative Consultant Hat in Chicago and On the Road”

on May 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM
A star is reborn A star is reborn

Let’s start with some refreshing news:  Poèmes is the finest thing Renée Fleming has recorded in many a season.

on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Castaway Castaway

A live webcast of Ariadne auf Naxos (starring Our Own Renée Fleming) will be transmitted from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Saturday afternoon starting at 2:15 PM ET.

on February 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
She wants to be a primadonna She wants to be a primadonna

On Saturday I attended the premiere performance of a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany.  It was Renée Fleming’s debut in the title role…

on February 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM