Bess, is you our woman now?

Posted in 2012, bel canto, diva, met, mp3 on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

Or, to put it another way, could this soprano be what the Met needs for Roberto Devereux?

While you ponder the future, you can enjoy the past: the final act of Verdi’s Macbeth is now on Unnatural Acts of Opera.


A fine kettle

Posted in chicago, florez, sad on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

OperaChic caught the story first, and now it’s even made the AP: Juan Diego Flórez has canceled Chicago (and anything else on the agenda for the next six weeks or so) due to a throat infection from a swallowed fishbone.

Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda

Posted in 2012, bel canto, diva, met, youtube on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

La DiDonato is joined here by Gabriele Fontana and Eric Cutler in this 2005 video.

Body Neo-Nazis

Posted in with my avoirdupois and my tra la la la la on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

So, if you’re wondering why Jerry Springer: the Opera is called “the opera” —

30-day flu grips music industry!

Posted in chicago, florez, met, the subtle art of euphemism on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

UPDATE: La Cieca has heard from more than one reliable source that Juan Diego Flórez is yet another victim of whatever it is that’s mowing down all the Almavivas. The tenor, she hears, has canceled Barbiere di Siviglia at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Word on the street is that John Osborn will be released from L’elisir d’amore at Palm Beach so he may sing the Rossini in Chicago, with performances beginning February 11 opposite Joyce DiDonato and Nathan Gunn. LOC subscribers (already reeling over having Angela Gheorghiu, Barbara Frittoli, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Mattei, Bernadette Manca di Nissa and Ambrogio Maestri yoinked from this season’s roster) should gird themselves for a belated press release sometime today.

From the Met’s press office: “José Manuel Zapata will sing the role of Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m., Monday, February 25 at 8 p.m., and Friday, February 29 at 8 p.m. He replaces Michael Schade, who is indisposed.” [emphasis added]

What do you think you are? A pair of queens?

Posted in 2011, 2012, bel canto, met, netrebko on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

The Met officially announced today that the company will stage Anna Bolena for Anna Netrebko for the opening night of the 2011-2012 season (old news to you, cher public!) and, the following season, Maria Stuarda for Joyce DiDonato.

The company has no current plans to produce Roberto Devereux. In what La Cieca is choosing to consider a stinging slap in the face to — well, at least one soprano — Peter Gelb explained, “The problem is casting ….There’s no singer around today who can sing [Elisabetta].”

And you may make what you will of la Netrebko’s statement about the Bolena: “Fortunately, it’s far enough in the future that I’ll have time to learn it really well.”

Frocked up

Posted in cher public, diva, no gay friends on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

UPDATED: Now with even more operatic tackiness!

A sampling of Diva Dress Disasters submitted by the cher public.Seen worse disasters? Email La Cieca!