Archive for January, 2006

More about Steve

Posted in mp3, stephen costello on January 24, 2006 by lacieca

Stephen Costello is ear-candy too: here he is singing “Torna ai felici di” from Puccini’s Le villi. Care to hear him sing the whole opera? Then tune in on Sunday, January 29 to a webcast from featuring The Academy of Vocal Arts’ production of Le villi as the second half of a double bill. The curtain-raiser, La Navarraise, will begin at 3:00 p.m., with the Puccini starting, oh, sort of 4:15-ish.


I want to be a prima donna, donna, donna

Posted in diva, youtube on January 22, 2006 by lacieca

Fanny Brice burlesques an operatic diva. (Here’s more video goodness.)

On dit…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2006 by lacieca

… that a certain baton-wielder is currently modeling jewelry from the Martha Stewart collection.

The Inner Bark

Posted in blind, fleming, mp3 on January 20, 2006 by lacieca

“Her quirky personality shines through once she gets to know you . . . . In the home, she is very sweet and quite affectionate, however she is not clingy or needy for your undivided attention at all times . . . . She’s not a hyper or noisy girl, but she has a wealth of energy and stamina and she loves to go for long walks in the park . . . . All she needs now is someone to whom she can give all that love and devotion. All she wants is someone to love her and spend time with her.” Oh, and her singing voice “could rival Renee Fleming,” which is pretty impressive, since this bitch seems to have it all over Renaay in the personality department.

Update: on the other hand, maybe I’m misreading this. What if the dog sounds like this?

Smooth operator

Posted in podcast, youtube on January 20, 2006 by lacieca

As a supplement to this week’s podcast of Faust, a video of Alfredo Kraus singing “Salut, demeure” in 1972.

Le Pontife masqué

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2006 by lacieca

Dear Liz Smith reports today:

“THE NEW pope, Benedict XVI, is getting a reputation for slightly eccentric behavior. He likes to disguise himself as a simple priest and go out at night back to his former apartments in a little zone tucked behind St. Peter’s Square. He often goes to his old room and stays there for hours.”

Now, maybe this is just me, but doesn’t that sound like the premise for an opera comique?

Pierette and her confidante Marthe are unaware that the simple
Pere Michel is none other than Pope Benedict XVI! A delicious trio of comic
intrigue ensues. The chiming of churchbells signals the arrival of a band of
gypsies, who dance an infectious if dramatically irrelevant tarantella. The
pope, now slightly tipsy, sings the roguish couplets “Ah, sous la rose
je suis infaillible,” attracting the attention of the love-starved Duc de Boum…

Too much is not enough

Posted in diva, madame vera galupe-borszkh, mp3 on January 19, 2006 by lacieca

La Cieca is both delighted and heartbroken to announce that, on the occasion of Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh‘s twentieth Annual Farewell Recital, the celebrated “Traumatic Soprano” will, at long last, take the “F” word literally. Madame Vera will say “addio senza rancor” to New York once and for all when she returns to the Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space for three recitals, March 22nd, 24th, and 25th, 2006 at 8 P.M. In what is billed as “La Gran Scena’s only New York appearance this season,” dear Vera will take center stage with her accustomed “monster concert” program of demanding arias and songs, taking the occasional breather to share selections from her trove of Diva Anecdotes. This year Madame “sinks” arias from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Manon Lescaut, Il trovatore, La Gioconda, and Mefistofele, as well as chansons by Poulenc and Oscar Straus, lieder by Richard Strauss and Schubert, a traditional Mandarin folk song, a Negro spiritual, and a contemporary art song. The “First Lady of Operatic Theatre”(New York) will collaborate with Maestro Sergio Zawa (aka Met assistant conductor Lucy Arner) in a production conceived, written and performed by the indefatigable Ira Siff. Mme. Galupe-Borszkh’s jewels are by Larry Vrba. The trio of performances will transpire at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia (Peter Norton Symphony Space), Broadway at West 95th Street. Tickets (a laughably inexpensive $32.oo) may be obtained at the box office (212) 864-5400; major credit cards are accepted. For further information, do contact Mr. Siff at (212) 460-9124, or at