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Telecast: La Traviata

Michael Fabiano and Sonya Yoncheva star in Great Performances at the Met’s telecast of La Traviata tonight at 9:00 PM in the New York area. (Elsewhere check your local listings.)

Träume Center

This is Ring week here at, cher public, and to kick of the communal watching festivities, La Cieca (not pictured) invites you to watch tonight’s prologue to the prologue, the documentary Wagner’s Dream. The Susan Froemke film is scheduled for PBS at 9:00 pm. Read more »

Planks, for the memory

The Robert Lepage production of the Ring cycle will be shown complete (including the now de rigueur fifth part of the pentalogy, Wagner’s Dream) September 11-14 on PBS. La Cieca will announce plans for concurrent chats at a later date. []

The girl next door

Andrea Andermann, the producer who brought you Tosca in the Settings and at the Times of Tosca, Traviata in Paris, and Rigoletto in Mantova, is preparing for a telecast of La Cenerentola.

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Erlösung dem Erlöser!

La Cieca has just heard that the acclaimed production of Parsifal by Stefan Herheim will be telecast and filmed for DVD release next summer in Bayreuth.

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rebel without a cooze

Although the staging of the Met’s Saturday afternoon’s production of Salome will remain unchanged (i.e., Karita Mattila intends to jam out with her clam out) the HD cameras will demurely divert their lenses at the climactic moment of the Dance of the Seven Veils.  According to Culture Monster, instead of the Full Mattila, the video audience will see “something, well, much more restrained.” “You’ll see the camera pan away from her as she does the dance,” a Met spokesman told Culture Monster. “Either it will pan discreetly away to the audience, or it will do a close-up of her face.” […]

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During an intermission at the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night gala (was that only last week?), Susan Graham interviews Ramón Vargas and Renée Fleming. Miss Fleming’s wig, we are told, is made of yak hair, but what’s Susie’s excuse?

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out there in the dark

La Cieca is putting her entire nest egg into popcorn futures, since next season opera lovers will rarely emerge from their local movie palace. The Met will do an astonishing 11 HD simulcasts during the 2008-2009 season.  Monday, September 22, 2008: Opening Night Gala starring the astonishingly well-preserved Renée Fleming in fully staged performances of La Traviata (Act II), Manon (Act III), and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft support milady; James Levine and Marco Armiliato share the arduous conducting duties. October 11:  Salome with Karita Mattila baring all or, perhaps, near-all. November 8:  Doctor Atomic.  A […]

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