Thrust into the political spotlight Thrust into the political spotlight

The Met’s revival of Turandot on Saturday night was surprisingly contentious.

on May 01, 2022 at 9:54 AM
Altre parole bisbigliavi Altre parole bisbigliavi

Anna Netrebko, in Milan preparing a new production of Tosca for La Scala’s opening night, fires back at an interviewer.

on November 28, 2019 at 3:11 PM
Wrong by wrong Wrong by wrong

The board of La Scala voted today to oust incoming general director Alexander Pereira at the end of his first season amid allegations of a conflict of interest.

on May 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM
O brother, wired art thou? O brother, wired art thou?

Shocker of the century! The New York Times reveals that Met singers are miked!

on June 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM
The burning Ghars, or Ghats, or whatever they are The burning Ghars, or Ghats, or whatever they are

Lots of chatter in the British press about the Rowley rowdydow at the Garden.

on December 05, 2012 at 5:05 PM
Beating time Beating time

So meandering and ragged a reading would be alarming at a first rehearsal; for a first night, it was a scandal.

on October 11, 2012 at 3:04 AM
Murder ink Murder ink

Evgeny Nikitin has withdrawn from the Bayreuth Festival’s new production of Der Fliegende Holländer after a German television program revealed the bass-baritone has a swastika tattoo.

on July 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is “considering actions to be taken to protect the image of the Foundation of its workers and their audiences” following Fabio Luisi‘s cancellation of his participation in Elektra at that theater in order to make time to help clean up the Levineshchina in New York. [Teatro dell’Opera di Roma]

on September 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Lovely Marina Poplavskaya, arriving at the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier for dinner following the opening night of La traviata, demonstrates that the previous Franco Zeffirelli production has not gone to waste. The latter-day Scarlett O’Hara‘s motto: “Reduce Reuse Recycle!”

on January 05, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Two versions, and it’s hard to say which one is more revolting, of one of the least savory moments in the life of Leonard Bernstein.

on October 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

During rehearsals for the upcoming Rigoletto from Mantova, Zubin Mehta attacks Sandro Bondi, Berlusconi’s Minister of Culture. Mehta is angry, and by his own admission, he becomes “cattivo”, nasty, when speaking about the financial cuts of the Berlusconi government in the opera houses.

on September 03, 2010 at 10:03 AM

As perhaps you know, if there’s anyone Norman Lebrecht hates more than opera singers and superstar conductors, it’s artists’ managers. So imagine his glee when he got his mitts on an email “leaked… in the dark of night” detailing “the balance of terror that prevails between a soloist and the person who supposedly has his…

on August 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM

La Cieca’s fans worldwide will be happy to note that she doesn’t think scandals are limited to only New York and Bayreuth. In fact, wherever Patti LuPone goes, scandale follows. Right now, La LuPone is in Chicago, and, yes, the Hogtown natives are restless.

on August 02, 2010 at 7:06 PM

This is a rather old story, but La Cieca heard it confirmed just recently. You all have heard, I trust, that this summer the Arena di Verona, for the first time in its nearly 100 year history of opera performances, is miking both singers and orchestra. Why? Because Franco Zeffirelli, director of all five of…

on July 30, 2010 at 11:14 PM

So, if you wondering when the spit is going to hit the fan (to quote another great ’50s teen angst opus), well, the date you’re looking for is October 9, 2010. Why is that date so special or unusual, you ask? Well, for the currently ailing James Levine, it’s the day he’s supposed to be in…

on July 23, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Leonard Slatkin explains to the Detroit Free Press that everything was going great guns with the Met Traviata rehearsals until he played stage director, telling Alfredo (James Valenti) to take visual focus in the final seconds of the opera.

on June 06, 2010 at 11:10 AM

“Maestro Placido Domingo took to the stage in Qatar for the second time on Thursday night, when he was joined by the ‘Antologia de la Zarzuela’, with whom he gave an amazing performance of traditional Spanish music at the Pearl-Qatar.” [Gulf Times]

on May 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Before the Los Angeles Ring cycle has even begun, two of the leading singers have thrown director Achim Freyer under the bus. Particular non-collegial is leather-larynxed heldentenor John Treleaven, who blames his crappy singing on the production, but the mot du jour is: “Domingo was out of town and unavailable to answer questions.” [Los Angeles…

on May 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM

La Cieca (not pictured) invites you, her group mind, to help her sort out the following conundrum.

on March 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM

“A Zeffirelli, dopo le polemiche della vigilia che lo hanno opposto al soprano Daniela Dessì, da lui ritenuta non giusta per il ruolo di Violetta in questa Traviata, qualche dissenso misto agli applausi al momento di comparire in proscenio assieme a Gelmetti.” [Il Messaggero]

on December 25, 2009 at 10:52 AM
Fortune’s fool Fortune’s fool

Have you heard the most recent update on the Franco Zeffirelli outburst earlier this week at the Rome Opera?

on December 13, 2009 at 1:11 AM

“I knew Hofmannsthal… he in fact begged me not to go and see it… telling me he was ashamed of it!”

on December 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Everything I need to know about Bizet I learned at a Judy Chicago exhibit in 1996. Brutality against women is pervasive, and society is culpable by permitting it. Such grievances were aired at the expense of the composer’s chef d’oeuvre Carmen yesterday at La Scala’s Gala opening, viewed dal vivo at Symphony Space on 95th and Broadway.

on December 07, 2009 at 11:33 PM

La Cieca is happy to note that Our Own Squirrel will be on-site at Symphony Space this afternoon with live breaking coverage of the triumphs and/or scandales associated with the prima of Carmen from La Scala, as seen on HD. Coverage starts here at at 11:45 AM.

on December 07, 2009 at 8:18 AM