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The naked and the dead

The controversial production of La traviata from La Monnaie directed by Andrea Breth is now available for viewing online. Embedded video (NSFW, contains nudity and other adult-type stuff) after the jump. Read more »

World class

La Cieca has just learned that La Monnaie, recently awarded the prestigious title of Opera House of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, is planning to stream all of this season’s productions free online. Currently on view is Luigi Cherubini’s Médée, featuring Nadja Michael and Kurt Streit in a production by Opera Cake fave Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Les talens lyriques led by Christophe Rousset. Watch the complete performance.

Sister act

fattipiuinlaOur Own JJ salutes three sister bloggers (of whom only one is female) in his current Rough and Regie column at Musical America.

Icing on the Cake

bieito_aidaOne of La Cieca’s favoritest bloggers in the whole wide world, Opera Cake, takes on the task of reviewing and explicating the “tough” Calixto Bieito production of Aïda, now running in Basel.  And another scribe rapidly moving up in the ranks, Likely Impossibilities, takes a different but equally valid approach.

Cake’s stand

“…in Parsifal, instead of digging out the chapters from Metaphysics for Dummies (which is what basically everyone does, except Herheim!), [Calixto Bieito] made it a perfectly plausible story, close to us, to our lifestyles…

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