Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Tebaldi Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi had one major advantage over Milanov and Callas (and most other sopranos): she was Italian.

on March 25, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Callas Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Callas

Maria Callas’s official debut in opera was as La Gioconda in 1947 at the arena in Verona.

on March 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: the opera Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: the opera

Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda might not be a perfect opera (though I don’t see why not) but it is one of my favorites…

on March 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: recordings Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: recordings

As said at the beginning, I implied I’d rather see Don Carlo(s) and listen to Forza.

on February 19, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: characters Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: characters

It is a measure of Verdi’s genius that throughout the four rambling acts, his musical invention in the service of creating characters never failed him.

on February 16, 2024 at 10:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: versions Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: versions

Following the composition of Un ballo in maschera, Verdi had gone into a self-imposed retirement, at least musically; he had not composed a note in four years.

on February 12, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: influences Thoughts on <em>La Forza del destino</em>: influences

I’ve argued with myself for many years as to which was my favorite opera by Giuseppe Verdi, La forza del destino or Don Carlos. The latter finally won out especially after studying it in depth, but in the long run, it is the music of Forza that I love the most.

on February 09, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Puzza la tela dipinta Puzza la tela dipinta

This afternoon the Royal Opera House offers a first glimpse of Richard Jones‘ new production of La bohème, the first at that theater since about 1735 or so.

on August 31, 2017 at 8:57 AM
Mimecraft Mimecraft

Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times.

on August 11, 2017 at 5:45 PM
I lived, if you can call it living, for art I lived, if you can call it living, for art

Since no doubt the New York contingent of the cher public are already shuddering in anticipation of a Kristine Opolais Tosca as a “gala” New Year’s Eve treat, La Cieca thought you might enjoy—again, surely too strong a word—a preview of sorts.

on April 26, 2017 at 2:02 PM
First of the last First of the last

An early preview of the new Netrebko/Barneboim/Strauss CD, including Anna’s first performance of the “Vier letzte Lieder.”

on November 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM
Greene beret Greene beret

Tuesday at 7:00 PM, WQXR’s Operavore and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts offer a sneak peek at “Verdi in Paris,” the theme of this year’s Bel Canto at Caramoor.

on June 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM
The boy friend The boy friend

Since its life-changing Atys first arrived in 1989 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (where the Lully returned one last time in 2011), Les Arts Florissants has presented works there which have challenged many perceptions about 17th and 18th century opera.

on April 10, 2013 at 8:40 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
Medium and rare Medium and rare

“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”

on September 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

There were a disproportionate number of young people at the Met today—even younger than me, which is really young. That made me happy and smile while filing in line to enter the auditorium. Hopefully this is the next generation of undying fans and queens about to plunge into a “new” world of opera spearheaded by…

on January 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I saw the final dress rehearsal of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House on Monday this week, and I think I have never seen the place so crowded for such an event. No wonder, for here was a cast you might dream of, in a highly finished piece of work mounted by one of…

on November 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

A painter’s nightmares of death start to become real. A man’s lover dies of a flesh-eating plague and inhabits the body of a new young fling. A TV news anchor finds herself on the other side of the headlines, drowning in the Holland Tunnel. If Edgar Allan Poe were alive today, these are the operas…

on November 03, 2010 at 11:22 AM

When invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who…

on May 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM

La Cieca breathlessly offers you a sneak preview of one of this spring’s most eagerly awaited CDs. 

on March 30, 2010 at 11:47 PM

A glimpse of Il mondo della luna, the Gotham Chamber Opera production opening tonight at NYC’s Hayden Planetarium.

on January 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM

So, I was asking my friends with Met Opera insider connections about the new Hoffmann production directed by Bartlett Sher. Seemingly conceived under an unlucky star, this production first lost two of its four heroines when Anna Netrebko decided not sing Olympia and Giulietta but kept Antonia and also Stella, leaving the dramaturgy somewhat lopsided.

on November 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM

The premiere of Hugo Weisgall’s 1993 Esther at New York City Opera occupied my mind for several days – though maybe not for the best reasons.  As I wrote earlier, it is a work that emanates, belatedly, from what might be called The Twelve-Tone Industrial Complex, that uptown conservatory lobby of the 1950s and 60s, which was…

on November 12, 2009 at 5:16 PM