Funny fascist Funny fascist

Leave it to Opera News to whitewash the revolting reactionary politics of Franco Zeffirelli.

on September 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Bleeding of the eye Bleeding of the eye

Congratulations to venerable Opera News on their new hire, art director Harvey Dent.

on February 18, 2019 at 3:57 PM
L’ombra mostrarsi a me! L’ombra mostrarsi a me!

Since his death, Mackerras has had not very much interesting to say aside from “Avenge me!”

on April 16, 2018 at 7:48 AM
Not since the Zodiac Killer… Not since the Zodiac Killer…

“Marlis Petersen, in her first shot at the role, is as complete a video Violetta as Rosanna Carteri, Marie McLaughlin or the young Angela Gheorghiu, and as riveting as Teresa Stratas or Anna Netrebko.”

on January 14, 2017 at 8:27 PM
“After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely” “After all that time, she can call Tristan ‘du’ surely”

Finally we know what Brian Kellow used to do at Opera News: proofreading.

on August 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM
Politically deflect Politically deflect

“A few weeks after the opening night of Otello in New York, The Washington Post convened a group of African–American opera singers to discuss the issue.”

on February 09, 2016 at 2:55 PM
A boom with a view A boom with a view

“It’s in the ‘Behind the Scenes’ section of the Lady Gaga issue, involving Brian Mitchell, archivist and occasional child wrangler with the Houston Grand Opera.”

on September 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Winged victors Winged victors

The winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed.

on September 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM
You’ve got to taste all the fruit You’ve got to taste all the fruit

F. Paul Driscoll, editor of Opera News [not pictured], is optimistic.”

on August 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM
F. and Furious F. and Furious

Has it been a year already? Apparently so.

on August 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Encouraging young things to grow Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history.

on May 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The sorrowful précis The sorrowful précis

Brian Kellow‘s “Coda” piece in the current Opera News, summarized: “I’m so cranky that even namedropping has lost its thrill.” (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

on April 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The bestowal of a bouquet of accolades upon James Levine is unsurprisingly the main thrust of the current Opera News (why, after all, should this month be different from any other in the rag’s 75 year history?) and given the plum of penning this poetical posy is the horticulturally apt writer Scott Rose, “author of…

on December 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Congratulations to Opera Chic, named “Essential Opera Blogger” in the current Opera News by a panel consisting of Brian Kellow and Tristan Kraft. 

on December 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Lots of media news today, so let’s not waste any time! La Cieca congratulates Opera News on the occasion of the mag’s 75th anniversary this month, though your doyenne is willing to swear that the mag doesn’t look a day over 60! 

on September 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM

It may seem quixotic that La Cieca subscribes to Opera News, and the print version at that, but, after all, the dear people there were kind enough to interview Our Own JJ last summer on the subject of this very cum-blog, so, well, noblesse oblige and all that, you know. Since the mag is showing…

on August 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM

See, La Cieca thinks Brian Kellow is asking for trouble when, in the second paragraph of his analysis of last March’s Slatkinshchina, he admits, “I did not attend the March 29 opening-night performance of La Traviata, nor did I listen to it on Sirius Radio.”  

on May 11, 2010 at 7:44 PM

A brace of profiles in the March issue of Opera News engage the reader in a fascinating game of “the same, but different.” Simon Keenlyside and Paulo Szot are both baritones; both handsome, sexy men; and they’re both adept in classical and more modern musical theater forms. Both gentlemen are starring in new productions at…

on February 14, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Or, “Tosca è un buon funbag!”

on August 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Now, never let it be said that La Cieca was in any way opposed to glamour, and you know very well that is a fervent believer in dear Pablo Picasso‘s maxim that “art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” But, on the other hand, there’s this month’s cover of Opera News.

on August 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM