It’s now or Neva It’s now or Neva

In preparation for her much-awaited Met debut, Lise Davidsen sings the arioso from Queen of Spades.

on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl?

Here’s a look at the genuinely sensational performance by Asmik Grigorian in a new Manon Lescaut in Frankfurt.

on October 13, 2019 at 6:23 PM
Slow curtain, the end Slow curtain, the end

La Cieca has discovered a document of Plácido Domingo‘s faute de mieux Metropolitan Opera farewell performance.

on September 26, 2019 at 8:48 PM
Oh the ombra of it all! Oh the ombra of it all!

The expression “gayer than eight guys fucking nine guys” gets thrown around a lot these days…

on February 17, 2019 at 5:29 PM
Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real? Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?

Jakub Józef Orlinski as Harry Potter!

on February 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Cult of personality Cult of personality

She makes it into a mash-up of Cours-la-Reine and “A Great Lady Has An Interview.”

on February 06, 2019 at 2:52 PM
Conception Conception

Your doyenne’s origin myth must always be understood to begin with the bite of a radioactive soprano way back in 1976.

on December 13, 2018 at 12:41 PM
Fish are jumping Fish are jumping

The ever-astonishing Cecilia Bartoli riffs on the Gershwins’ “Summertime.”

on November 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Rodelinda warrior Rodelinda warrior

Ardent, astonishing, animated Anthony Roth Costanzo has just unveiled the music video for “Vivi, tiranno.”

on October 04, 2018 at 4:15 PM
You mean the butcher, Grandma You mean the butcher, Grandma

La Cieca wishes to be among the first to congratulate Jessye Norman, who has emerged from semi-retirement to leap upon the musical theater bandwagon.

on July 26, 2018 at 4:54 PM
“Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè” “Ah, mascalzone, presto in prigione! Suzuki, il thè”

Here’s a set of comments that I think really captures the duality of YouTube — two criticisms of Jonas Kaufmann. I won’t say which I personally find more valid! 

on July 20, 2018 at 7:40 AM
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
A Roman under the influence A Roman under the influence

It seems everyone is raving over Calixto Bieito‘s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opernhaus Zürich.

on June 27, 2018 at 6:53 PM

The Royal Opera House’s production of La bohéme (featuring Matthew Polenzani as Rodolfo) goes live on YouTube at 2:15 this afternoon.

on June 26, 2018 at 12:46 PM
From the vault From the vault

La Cieca is delighted to remind her cher public that the parterre YouTube page (called operazine) has been newly refurbished and updated.

on June 10, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Prodigy Prodigy

Maria Callas’s most outstanding Adalgisa, out of all she partnered with, was Fiorenza Cossotto.

on May 07, 2018 at 9:14 AM
You go to my head You go to my head

Finally, medical science offers the answer to the conundrum that has baffled opera fans for decades: what was Renée Fleming thinking?

on February 26, 2018 at 2:03 PM
Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson.

on December 01, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Mangiamo Mangiamo

So La Cieca has been hearing complaints lately that she is not linking to videos of Russian guys singing excerpts from La traviata while eating Tater Tots.

on September 12, 2017 at 11:42 AM
Vedrai, piccolo amor Vedrai, piccolo amor

Good news, Puccini fans!

on August 16, 2017 at 6:11 PM
Fun laughs good times Fun laughs good times

The legendary performance of “Hey Big Spender” by Marilyn Horne, Carol Burnett and Eileen Farrell has shown up on YouTube.

on August 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM
She’s just a lady with a song She’s just a lady with a song

Note to naysayers: there is nothing wrong with this singing!

on May 06, 2017 at 4:17 PM
I lived, if you can call it living, for art I lived, if you can call it living, for art

Since no doubt the New York contingent of the cher public are already shuddering in anticipation of a Kristine Opolais Tosca as a “gala” New Year’s Eve treat, La Cieca thought you might enjoy—again, surely too strong a word—a preview of sorts.

on April 26, 2017 at 2:02 PM
East Side Story East Side Story

Fiery Latinas Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews strike sparks!

on April 07, 2017 at 8:34 PM