House of wax House of wax

In a steampunk moment, 21st century singers try on 19th century technology.

on April 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Tragedy tonight Tragedy tonight

In May of last year tenor Piotr Beczala and soprano Anna Netrebko sang in Lohengrin for the first time under the baton of Christian Thielemann in his home house at the Staatskapelle Dresden.

on July 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM
And in the ‘how’ And in the ‘how’

Our selected Rosenkavalier video overview closes out the 20th-century selections, crosses the millennial mark, and includes the first of our performances to depart from the opera’s prescribed 18th-century setting.

on April 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The sprite in you The sprite in you

Today’s Rusalka video overview covers filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010.

on February 01, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Chained melody Chained melody

La Cieca’s spies in Dresden report that there were HD cameras aplenty in the Semperoper at Wednesday night’s performance of Lohengrin.

on May 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM
Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra! Cher public, affrettati, precipita per l’etra!

La Cieca’s familiar spirits have been turning their generally steely eyes to the Future Met Wiki, attempting in vain to make sense of impending repertoire and casting at Casa Gelb.

on December 08, 2015 at 9:50 AM
Multicolored Multicolored

Polish singers are chameleons. They have to be.

on November 05, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Barton glances Barton glances

The annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.

on November 02, 2015 at 9:00 AM
All my Edgardos All my Edgardos

Well that’s a terrible place to start a review, and it’s not quite fair to SFO’s Lucia di Lammermoor, but…

on October 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
21st century blues 21st century blues

Your doyenne peers into the future, or, to be more accurate, into the Future Met Wiki, to reveal the latest rumors on casting and repertoire.

on May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
The woman in Greene The woman in Greene

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of “WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights,” at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM.

on April 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Fresh princes Fresh princes

Imagine two tenors releasing French opera aria collections at the same time without duplicating a single track!

on February 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Door to door Door to door

The Met’s planned premiere of Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle was cancelled due to the Great Blizzard That Wasn’t.

on January 30, 2015 at 7:40 AM
Seligsten Paar Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.”

on October 12, 2014 at 2:43 PM
La place des étoiles La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

on July 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM
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
Blonde, bombshell Blonde, bombshell

So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.

on December 09, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Tonight or Neva Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

on September 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM
Piotr, principally Piotr, principally

Vanity project or not, these albums present a sensitive and talented artist showing off two little-seen sides of himself.

on September 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Book club Book club

La Cieca hears that the opening night of La Scala’s 2013 season will feature a new production of La traviata starring Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala, directed by… no, not Franco Zeffirelli, but Dmitri Tcherniakov.

on April 06, 2013 at 3:32 AM
The Piotr principle The Piotr principle

A Dutch-speaking parterrian has graciously translated the interview with Piotr Beczala that’s been causing such a foofaraw lately.

on March 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM
The Beczala contradiction The Beczala contradiction

So, Piotr Beczala (left) has gone and blabbed to Luister, which is some sort of Dutch glossy classical music magazine…

on March 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM
I am missing the winter now I am missing the winter now

One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna.

on January 03, 2013 at 11:48 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