Killer queen Killer queen

Rossini’s Semiramide is a highly original and imaginative work of theater that impresses for its creative and beautifully scored orchestration, incisive recitatives and ensembles, and theatrically intriguing characters.

on October 08, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Girl of the emboldened west Girl of the emboldened west

L’Italiana in Algeri‘s appearance at the Salzburg Festival should be no surprise since Ceciila Bartoli has been the intendant of the Whitsun Festival extension at Salzburg since 2012.

on September 03, 2019 at 5:35 PM
Two can be as lonely as one Two can be as lonely as one

Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann in La forza del destino—all of it!

on May 09, 2019 at 9:31 AM
Brute force Brute force

Alban Berg’s compact yet potent oeuvre has long played an outsized role in shaping my understanding of music’s aesthetic evolution.

on January 01, 2019 at 1:35 PM
Livestream: Médée Livestream: Médée

Today at 1:30 PM, live video of Médée from the Staatsoper Berlin.

on October 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Broadcast: Lohengrin Broadcast: Lohengrin

Live video stream from the Staatsoper Stuttgart starting at 11:00 AM.

on October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Broadcast: L’incoronazione di Poppea Broadcast: L’incoronazione di Poppea

All politics is vocal in Jan Lauwers’ Salzburg production of the Monteverdi masterpiece, which will be streamed at 12:30 PM on Monday. 

on August 19, 2018 at 3:35 PM
The queen’s speech The queen’s speech

Legendary diva and long-time friend of parterre box Aprile Millo offers a gracious and witty speech in acceptance of the Verdi d’Oro Prize in Busseto.

on July 15, 2018 at 11:41 AM
Verse le poisson dans son sein! Verse le poisson dans son sein!

Okay, it’s only a couple of preview clips, but La Cieca has to say she’s bewildered by what seems to be some cross-repertoire meta-direction at the Met, especially as concerns Kristine Opolais (not pictured).

on January 27, 2017 at 10:40 AM
Welcome to the Dollhouse Welcome to the Dollhouse

No guarantees, because we are talking about Russian TV technology here, but apparently at 2:00 PM today there is a video stream of Manon Lescaut from the Bolshoi starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov!

on October 23, 2016 at 1:45 PM
Chained melody Chained melody

La Cieca’s spies in Dresden report that there were HD cameras aplenty in the Semperoper at Wednesday night’s performance of Lohengrin.

on May 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM
Le cirque des étoiles Le cirque des étoiles

Of all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice.

on March 03, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Since our usual (and always welcome) catalog of webcast radio opera is temporarily interrupted this week (get well soon, Betsy!), La Cieca offers as an alternative a video presentation that will become available at 2:00 PM EST (20:00 CET): Enescu’s Oedipe, from La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels.

on November 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

As Groucho Marx would say, this is certainly a way of beating the heat; it’s also a a way of creating it. Well, all right, it’s actually something Dick Cavett said that Groucho might say, but the point stands that at 2:00 PM EDT the Opéra Royal de Wallonie production of Salomé will be webcast…

on June 09, 2011 at 9:46 AM

“Aida am Rhein,” an outdoor on-location live presentation of Verdi’s opera, with the cast of the current Calixto Bieito production in Basel. (So far as I can tell, Bieito didn’t direct the film or the outdoor spectacle, but presumably some of the dramatic ideas of his production were carried over into this performance.)

on October 03, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Getting the “screaming heads” treatment on CNBC is not good news for Peter Gelb.

on April 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Articulate, awe-inspring, alliterative administrator The Man of Steel spoke yesterday to New York One, defining his vision for the mission of the New York City Opera: “Championing new repertoire and discovering old repertoire. And particularly promoting American operas and American opera singers and providing visionary new productions of standard repertoire. So it’s a very clear…

on April 24, 2009 at 8:14 AM

This looks like fun.

on January 28, 2009 at 9:45 AM

If Wenarto, members of Cirque du Soleil and Rolando Villazón got really really high one night, this might be the result. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://ca.youtube.com/v/A6udHRk1llU” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] (In fact, this music video stars Serge Desrosiers and was directed by Sandrine Béchade.)

on October 06, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Well, no, actually. In fact, telegenic divas and divos date back at least half a century. Here are Clara Petrella and Giacinto Prandelli in a 1956 telecast of Manon Lescaut.

on June 12, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Not Tosca, of course, cher public — La Cieca could never say that about her dear, dear Tosca. But it does seem both shabby and shocking that the combined forces of The New York Philharmonic and Charles Zachary Bornstein, the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence would not at the very least ask for a retake of…

on May 30, 2008 at 11:37 AM

La Cieca is thrilled to note that VAI have continued their series of releases from the NHK Lirica Italiana telecasts of the 1960s and 1970s. These DVDs, remastered from original broadcasts on Japanese television, preserve performances by some of the greatest Italian artists of the mid-20th century. The most recent treasure to be unearthed is…

on May 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

As quite a few of the cher public surmised, the most recent Regiequiz depicted a production of Don Giovanni (at the Landestheater Linz, to be precise) featuring barihunk Martin Achrainer as the eponymous erotomaniac: Herr Achrainer has become something of a blogger’s darling of late, featured at Barihunks as well as Our Own site in…

on February 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM