Cieca alla Casablanca

Due to the sensitive yet detailed nature of the following item, La Cieca thought it would be amusing (not to mention safer) to present it in the enigmatic manner of “One Blind Vice,” Ted Casablanca‘s gold-standard column:

Leggy Artiste commandeers a whole range of roles, French and otherwise, but lately she’s been panting for a change of repertoire. So she asked for (and got) a concert production of one of her warhorse operas. But this time, Leggy would wear the skirt!

The Fach change shouldn’t be such a thorny problem; after all, Leggy is famous for her silvery tones. The remaining cast was hand-picked; Leggy’s pet maestro was hired on. Those in the know were already predicting that this event would set the whole town on fire.

But then La Leggy changed her mind, and the whole project crumbled like a handful of …. shall we say, crackers?


7 Responses to “Cieca alla Casablanca”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    crossword puzzles, hangman, acrostics…I’ve just never been any good at any of them. Can we have another clue, please?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Let me take a guess – Graham . . . crackers? Silver . . . roses?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    And, of course, she sings plenty of pants roles. Also, being tall, she’s rather leggy. Just check out the photo of her as Octavian at

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Warhorse–Les Troyens?

  5. Chalkenteros Says:

    Of course! “thorny problem … silvery” … Rosenkavalier!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Right, or not Troyens, in which she doesn’t sing a trouser role…though it could be consistent with setting things on fire. But, Rosenkavalier–much more sense. Doi.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Assuming I’ve been following all this correctly, Susan Graham was going to take on the Marschallin. What an intriguing idea! Is she crossing this off her list for good or only for this particular project?

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