My rare Lady My rare Lady

parterre saturday afternoon presents Leyla Gencer in an opera she really should have done far more often, Verdi’s Macbeth.

on September 15, 2018 at 9:07 AM
Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored

By the time Roberto Devereux saw its premiere at Napoli’s Teatro San Carlo on 29 October, 1837, Gaetano Donizetti had lost, in an 18-month time frame, both his parents, two still-born children, and his beloved wife Virginia.

on March 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM
“I felt the hand of Death” “I felt the hand of Death”

Oddly enough, Eva Marton‘s interpretation of the Kostelnicka (pictured) goes unmentioned in Issue #38.

on January 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Normative Normative

La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes.

on October 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

On tonight’s episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera, we hear the second act of Donizetti’s Belisario. But we won’t hear Leyla Gencer during this act, as her character remains offstage for the duration. However, La Cieca has added an extra act of Donizetti (with la Gencer onstage the whole time!) as bonus. Hear it after…

on June 11, 2009 at 9:23 PM