Cher Public

Conception


To those of you who have may recently have read about the birth of parterre box 25 years ago, a reminder that your doyenne’s origin myth must always be understood to begin with the bite of a radioactive soprano way back in 1976.

Fish are jumping

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

Rodelinda warrior

Ardent, astonishing, animated Anthony Roth Costanzo has just unveiled the music video for “Vivi, tiranno” from his new CD Handel & Glass. Read more »

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.

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“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! 

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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.

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A Roman under the influence

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

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She asks me why I’m just a hairy guy

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

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