And in this corner… And in this corner…

Surely it is high time to choose a nickname for mauling maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

on August 24, 2023 at 11:40 AM
Run for cover Run for cover

The cover for Anna Netrebko‘s new CD is…

on August 20, 2021 at 10:40 AM
Je viens célébrer la victoire Je viens célébrer la victoire

What do the cher public want to hear this fall? According to last week’s polls, Samson et Dalila and Jonas Kaufmann.

on September 24, 2018 at 11:58 AM
Where one will be seen Where one will be seen

The results are in for the 2015 fall season poll, and now La Cieca will know where to find the cher public, including some rather out-of-the-way places.

on September 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Where will one be seen? Where will one be seen?

So, cher public, as you air out your aigrettes and polish your  parure in preparation for the 2015 fall season, which amongst the many offerings, uh, offered will be your must-sees?

on September 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Femmes fatales Femmes fatales

You’ve cast your votes for the operas you most look forward to hearing at the Met this fall, and if the opera has “Macbeth” in the title, you’re there.

on September 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Vital statistics Vital statistics

Now that you know how to obtain same-day tickets to the Met, cher public, all that remains is deciding which operas you intend to see.

on September 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Luke swarm Luke swarm

La Cieca (pictured) fears that the parterre hive mind proved itself populated with more drones than workers this time around.

on August 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM
The man on the wedding cake The man on the wedding cake

Though at the moment we have no indication that there will be a cast change for the final three performances of La Cenerentola at tha Met, La Cieca does think the group mind should apply itself to the pressing question of exactly wbich tenor will appear in the HD telecast on May 10.

on April 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM
“Say, what’s in this drink?” “Say, what’s in this drink?”

Given the no-show of Anna Netrebko at the final dress rehearsal of L’elisir d’amore, the recent rift in the Netrebko-Schrott household and this insane weather, La Cieca thinks it’s time for the hive mind to decide who’s singing Adina at the Met on Thursday night.

on January 07, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Who’s that woman? Who’s that woman?

You have voted, cher public, a total of 2,265 times, and you’ve decided!

on September 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM
Fall forward Fall forward

Utterly scientific polls follow the jump.

on September 07, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Driving Miss Dessay Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.”

on April 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM
Where will the elite meet? Where will the elite meet?

With the Met’s single tickets for the 2012-13 season going on sale Sunday morning, it’s surely about time we, the movers and shakers and parterrians, made our customary ukase on which of the company’s attractions are worth seeing this year and which, not so much.

on August 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The Third Annual Pubie Awards The Third Annual Pubie Awards

Tanned, rested and ready to present, La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to vote on the best, worst and most egregious opera performances of the 2012-2013 season.

on May 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Now that the retirement of James Levine is basically just a matter of patiently waiting out 18 months of inaction, it’s about time you, the cher public, were heard on the subject of the appointment of a new music director for the Met. A couple of polls for you after the jump.  

on December 10, 2011 at 2:08 PM

It will come to no surprise to the parterriani (though perhaps something of a relief to Peter Gelb) that the most coveted ticket of the fall season in New York is Anna Bolena, the Donizetti premiere at the Met featuring Anna Netrebko‘s lovely head.  Complete results of the more than 1,100 votes cast in the…

on September 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

La Cieca (pictured, center) reminds the cher public that it is very rapidly becoming “that time of year again,” and so, and while we have a brief respite from the flurry of Met press releases, you are invited to select your most anticipated performances of the fall.

on September 07, 2011 at 11:05 AM

At long last (or, anyway, a whole year later) La Cieca (pictured) is delighted to announce the event of events here at, the 2010-2011 Parterre Cher Public Choice Awards. You, the aforementioned cher public, now have your chance to vote on the best, the worst and the most divalicious events of the season, as…

on May 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM

You, the cher public have voted, and the results are in. Have we chosen the Met’s next Giovanna Seymour? The results were very close indeed!

on May 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Now that it’s more or less official that Elina Garanca is dropping out of the Met’s production of Anna Bolena, it’s obviously up to you, the cher public, to decide who should inherit the role. In interest of gathering the broadest range of opinion on this crucial subject, a poll follows the jump.

on May 08, 2011 at 2:11 PM

You have spoken, parterrriani, and your message is loud and clear: Calixto Bieito should be tapped to direct the 2013 Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Nibelungen (seen here in artist’s conception.)

on April 08, 2011 at 12:52 PM

And so Wim Wenders will not be directing the bicentennial Bayreuth Ring cycle in 2013, in 3D or any other kind of D. In that case, who should be chosen to wrap his or her Regie around this massively high-profile project? There’s a poll right after the jump. [Stern]

on April 06, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Only a few hours left before voting in the “Greatest Divas” poll is closed!  You have until midnight tonight to add your vote to the more than 15,000 already cast.

on September 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM