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“She must be beautiful, but more important, she must be refined”

We may have had our little differences in the past, but La Cieca wants to be the first to congratulate Renée Fleming on her latest achievement: being named as the new “Gillian Girl” following the retirement of Anne Welles. [Spirit and Flesh Magazine]

Author! Author!

jacqueline_susannLa Cieca is simply overjoyed to announce a handy and fascinating innovation at The Author Archive Page. Each of your doyenne’s stable of scribes will be assigned his and/or her own unique page where every story under that byline will be easily accessible—as, for example, the many and wondrous reviews of Ercole Farnese. Look for the link to the archive on the author’s name in the byline of the story (immediately beneath the headline) and may this new feature bring you hours of reading enjoyment, cher public!

the only hit that comes out of a la cieca interview is la cieca, and that’s me, baby, remember?


“When I was in junior high and my parents found gay porn on my computer, I told them that it was just popup ads from”  La Cieca just returned from an interview with Zachary Woolfe, who gave La Cieca that “I loved you when I was a child” crap, but you’ll be happy to know she didn’t stab him in the back.

at least her jewels are

Watching the Richard Tucker Gala just now, La Cieca is reminded to something she said to a companion after an early Diana Damrau Met performance (Ariadne, she thinks it was.)

What La Cieca said was, “Well, you can send all the others home, because we’ve found our Neely O’Hara!”

the lady with the torch

La Cieca is once more available for dancing in the streets and shouting from the housetops for the (admittedly off-topic) reason that the Technicolor musical campfest Torch Song has made its long-awaited debut on DVD. Only in 1953 — with the Red Scare, the threat of nuclear annihilation and the growing threat from televsion bewildering studio exectives — could so tone-deaf a concept get green-lighted.  You see, it’s an MGM musical with Joan Crawford as a voice-of-brass, heart-of-brass, Helen Lawson-esqe Broadway diva who falls in love with a disabled rehearsal pianist (Michael Wilding.) 

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And one for Mahler!

A double-header of Tony Tommasini delights this weekend in the Times. On Sunday, TT puts on his Captain Obvious hat to ask the musical question, “is it possible that [Nathan] Gunn‘s appearance has drawn attention away from his fine vocal artistry?” You’ll find that story right next to the photograph of Gunn with his shirt off. The day before, an interview with Elaine Stritch in which the veteran Broadway diva tells about her date with James Levine. (Yes, you read that right.) Jimmy, you see, took La Stritch to hear Barbara Cook at the Carlyle; Tony concludes that “this story […]

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You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

Anna Netrebko is Anne Welles! Rolando Villazon is Lyon Burke! On the silver screen, every thrill, every shock of the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann! Uh, make that “the best-selling opera by Giuseppe Verdi…

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