Princess in captivity Princess in captivity

A first glimpse of Anna Netrebko‘s styling for her role debut as Aïda at Salzburg.

on July 28, 2017 at 7:28 PM
Wig schlock Wig schlock

Despite the participation of venerable composer Carlisle Floyd, the only distinction Prince of Players can claim is as the worst drag show in Manhattan.

on February 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM
Ecco un artista! Ecco un artista!

Just discovered: a Swedish documentary about Birgit Nilsson.

on March 17, 2015 at 9:23 AM
The little gunmetal dress The little gunmetal dress

Sleeveless Anna Netrebko sings the “Letter Scene” from Verdi’s Macbeth.

on August 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM
Splitting hairs Splitting hairs

Today on Operavore, Our Own JJ talks about wig-pulling catfights. Also heard in passing are Marilyn Horne and Susan Graham.

on March 09, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Wigs and weaves Wigs and weaves

It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.

on January 01, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Separated at the 14th Street wig store: drag queen Lady Bunny and Disney princess Diana Damrau.

on November 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Here,  on what appears to have been a rather chilly evening,  are Michael Fabiano and his “mom” Renée Fleming in Die Walküre Lucrezia Borgia at the San Francisco Opera.

on September 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Awesome Anna Netrebko wraps her considerable talent around a the Europop hit “La Voix.”  Note the correct use of hair extensions (without those ridiculous “rocker chick” bangs) and the plain but striking red gown. 

on August 02, 2010 at 11:15 AM

We may have a contender in the category of Most Overdone Camp Diva Crossover Hair Extension.

on July 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

What a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in…

on July 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Your feelings about the new Opus Arte DVD of Handel’s Acis and Galatea will have a lot to do with your tolerance for gentle whimsy. As a cultural consumer who tends to gravitate toward the more high-octane, Italianate drama of a Verdi overture or a Real Housewives of New Jersey hair-pull, I do my best…

on July 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM

First things first: how are the clothes? Well, there’s enough leather to fill The Eagle ten times over, and there’s definitely fodder for intermission conversation: an adorable tweedy, puffy coat for Uldino; the pimped-out spiky bike helmet with the L.E.D. lights for Attila; all the L.E.D. lights in fact, like the ones that outline Ezio’s…

on February 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Tomorrow night’s performance of Attila promises to be a visual feast, especially for those of us whose visual aesthetic was crystallized in the 1960s era of gigantic hair, pearlized eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner and sharply tailored sportswear. And Violeta Urmana‘s look is pretty fierce too!

on February 22, 2010 at 7:04 PM

¡Mira! Mean, moody magnificent Manuela Trasobares! 

on November 11, 2009 at 7:56 PM

A video glimpse of the new Tosca, from the New York Times. The wig needs some major cleaning up.

on September 19, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Just added to Google’s online archive of Life magazine photographs: over a hundred full-color images from the Old Met in the 1960s. Be prepared for a strong pang of nostalgia as you glimpse Richard Tucker, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Zinka Milanov and many other greats of that regrettably bygone era. [Google Images]

on July 07, 2009 at 11:20 AM

The world’s newest cult diva returns! Amira Kamel, first Egyptian ever to sing Aida (it says so on YouTube and so it must be true!) adopts for her “barbaric” drag not only the coiffure, maquillage and plastique of legendary Vera Galupe-Borszkh, but seem to have borrowed one of La Dementia’s caftans as well! [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/zl51vG-a1F8″…

on April 13, 2009 at 3:14 PM

[Our Own Gualtier Malde (along with a few thousand other people) attended the public dress rehearsal of the Met’s new production of La sonnambula this morning. Here is his report.] Innocence, rustic naiveté and virginity just don’t get no respect no more. I should know, I grew up way out in central New Jersey and…

on February 27, 2009 at 5:26 PM

[La Cieca’s old, old, old friend Camille attended Montserrat Caballe‘s Valentine’s Day duo recital earlier this month. Her reactions — which she admits it took her some days to sort out in her mind — follow.] After some reflection and reviewing Caballe’s Orange Festival Norma, once again, I can merely pipe up with my opinion…

on February 26, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Something about the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto seems to bring out the most extreme behavior in mezzo-sopranos, whether it’s the Brainfart of Herta Glaz or the celebrated Woman on the Verge of a Wardrobe Misfunction corsetry of Isola Jones. But the award for Most Hairpieces Ever Worn at the Same Time must surely go…

on December 26, 2008 at 1:10 PM

It turns out that La Cieca’s fanciful prediction (of what Renée Fleming would wear from the Christian Lacroix collection) was not so far off after all! More images from the Met’s Thaïs after the jump. 

on December 09, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Washington National Opera has posted a preview clip of their Lucrezia Borgia (opening on Saturday), and La Cieca predicts they have a hit on their hands. Renée Fleming, though she looks far too young to have a grown son, seems to be singing in a more straighforward and honest way. Hunkentenor Vittorio Grigolo charms even…

on October 30, 2008 at 2:47 PM

For the week of Halloween, La Cieca offers her cher public a particularly SPOOKY competition. First, listen to the composite clip below of various artists singing Ulrica’s aria from Un ballo in maschera. Then, if you think you can identify all 13 singers, do so via email to lacieca@parterre.com. The first email received with all…

on October 26, 2008 at 2:58 PM