The gang’s all queer The gang’s all queer

If the original version of The Prom had zazz—to borrow from one of the show’s signature numbers— Ryan Murphy’s adaptation barely achieves fizz.

on December 14, 2020 at 10:36 AM
Balls Balls

“We do not go to opera to see stories similar to those we would see in movies.”

on December 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM
The present future The present future

Well, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic. 

on May 06, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Profitons bien de la jeunesse Profitons bien de la jeunesse

La Cieca (pictured) notes that next year’s recipients of the F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of  Excellence will include Joseph Calleja, Elina Garanca, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko and José van Dam, which means we are now officially out of old singers.

on December 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM
The children’s hour The children’s hour

Ever on the avant-garde, Lyric Opera of Chicago has embraced the cutting-edge technology of “phonography” as part of their effort to attract young audiences.

on June 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

La Cieca (third from right) has always prided herself on offering opportunities to the young, even if they aren’t always quick to pick up on her hints, and today is no exception. Your doyenne has several unusual (one might even say offbeat) opera events on the calendar, and she’d be interested in sending novice parterre…

on October 05, 2010 at 11:49 AM

A young opera fan is looking for advice.

on June 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM

La Cieca presents an open letter from a parterre box reader.

on April 06, 2010 at 12:16 PM

La Cieca wants to give a quick “shout-out” (as the youngsters say, they tell me) to “critic, novelist and record-store clerk” Daniel Stephen Johnson, who on top of all that is not only one of our newest and nicest commenters, but a smart and sassy blogger in his own right. He writes somewhat in the…

on January 14, 2009 at 7:42 PM

The current issue of The Advocate includes an interview with adorable 27-year-old bedhead Nico Muhly about his next composition project, an opera “based on a true Internet romance/friendship between two teenage boys that ended in one of the two stabbing the other to death.” Muhly’s “teen gay Internet sex drama,” to a libretto by Craig Lucas,…

on August 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM