Archive for August, 2006

The Unpleasant Peasant

Posted in youtube on August 31, 2006 by lacieca

Or, what it would look like if Lucy Ricardo and the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League did a production of La gioconda. (Actually the video is from the Liceu in 1978, but it does like the sets were paid for with a postdated check.)

Psychedelic Psumac

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2006 by lacieca

Speaking of the Ynimitable Yma, La Cieca was just sent a track from the Queen of Exotica’s 1971 acid-rock classic “Miracles!” You only think you know Camp until you experience “Let Me Hear You.”

Branding

Posted in met on August 29, 2006 by lacieca

An image La Cieca herself would have been proud to Photoshop, along with a skeptical take on the Met Opera’s new advertising blitz, over at Gawker.

Meowentine Price

Posted in youtube on August 25, 2006 by lacieca

La Cieca has been experimenting with animation software, as well as harvesting some choice sound bites from YouTube videos.

Unnatural Acts of Introduction

Posted in aida, diva, podcast on August 24, 2006 by lacieca

A Very Special Guest Diva introduces La Cieca’s latest podcast, Verdi’s Aida as performed at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden on 12 April 1973. And the performance is pretty special, too: Gilda Cruz-Romo as Aida, Carlo Bergonzi as Radames, Mignon Dunn as Amneris, Gian Piero Mastromei as Amonasro . . . and Kiri te Kanawa as the Sacerdotessa! Sir Charles Mackerras conducts. Unnatural Acts of Opera.

Tears in Heaven

Posted in cher public on August 24, 2006 by lacieca

You may recall, cher public, that last December La Cieca had some rather unhappy holiday tidings for a pair of Met sopranos. Well, it looks like history is repeating itself. La Cieca hears that two Met sopranos, both in the same Fach (though a different Fach from the two divas discussed in the December item), are to be bought out of all their forthcoming Met contracts. Expect much weeping in Aremberg when this news is made public.

Night, Mother

Posted in fleming, jones on August 23, 2006 by lacieca

Among the celebs at the opening of Brecht’s Mother Courage presented by the Public Theater, glimpsed were Renee Fleming (who perhaps should have been reminded that she was on hand to see Mother Courage, not to be Mother Courage) , and the perennial Jessye Norman, whose transformation into Star Jones is now complete.