Archive for December, 2007

Fun with subtitles

Posted in jones, wagner, youtube on December 30, 2007 by lacieca

From the 1978 film of Götz Friedrich‘s production of Tannhäuser — alas, not currently available on DVD. Dame Gwyneth Jones is the lady asking the rather personal question.


La parola scenica

Posted in broadcast, met, mp3, telecast on December 30, 2007 by lacieca

At yesterday’s matinee Hansel and Gretel at the Met (broadcast and simulcast), a disgruntled audience member expresses his distaste for the “forest” setting, just as Lisette Oropesa makes her entrance as the Dew Fairy. Top marks to Ms. Oropesa not only for singing her solo so enchantingly, but for continuing without a flinch despite the clearly audible shout of “Boo! Change the set!” (At least the fellow didn’t yell, “Bravo! Bravo Robert O’Hearn!”)


Posted in hunkentenor, jonas kaufmann, youtube on December 30, 2007 by lacieca

A number of the cher public have asked for more photos of hunkalicious Jonas Kaufmann, with a several of you specifially requesting a image without the tenor’s accustomed facial stubble. Well, one of La Cieca’s dear readers has obliged by sending a snapshot of Kaufmann before he stopped shaving, or possibly before he even started shaving.

The reader recalls performing with Der Junge Jonas circa 1997 when he “still sang Rossini and The Student Prince.” A particularly vivid memory is of “Jonas in biker spandex for Proben in Heidelberg!” (The image of Mr. Kauffman’s dinner companion has been obscured for reasons of privacy.)

And now here’s some contemporary video of the unstubbled Kaufmann in action, singing The Student Prince.

Forced to bend her soul to a sordid role

Posted in crossover, diva, nyco, world leaders dancing in underwear on December 28, 2007 by lacieca

Pint-sized Broadway dynamo Kristen Chenoweth will make her fully-staged role debut as Cunegonde in Candide at the English National Opera this summer. The Bernstein/Wilbur, Latouche, Parker, Hellman, Sondheim, Bernstein & Wheeler operetta will be performed in the Robert Carsen production previously seen at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and La Scala, Milan. Performances begin June 23 for a 13-performance run.

According to The Stage, “popular tenor” Toby Spence will take on the title role, with other casting TBA. By an odd coincidence, the ENO are presenting a concert only a few weeks prior to this Candide starring a diva some might consider “dream casting” as The Old Lady. La Cieca supposes we should just dream on!

And will someone please wake La Cieca when the New York City Opera gets around to announcing the casting for their revival of the creaky Harold Prince staging of Candide?

Let’s be buddies!

Posted in this diva looks like that diva on December 27, 2007 by lacieca

Graefin Geschwitz meets Vera Charles

Isn’t it romantic?

Posted in hunkentenor, jonas kaufmann, youtube on December 27, 2007 by lacieca

Jummy Jonas Kaufmann records his recital CD Romantic Arias, due for release in March.

Circular reasoning

Posted in bathroom humor, gay gay gay gay gay, wagner on December 27, 2007 by lacieca

“As implied by the title, this collection probes deeply into Wagner’s vast Ring…. Among the highlights is the revealing chapter on the many characters than Wagner has managed to cram into his Ring. Also covered are the brass instruments that Wagner designed specifically for use within his Ring.”

The infelicitous title of this musiciological study has led to a veritable festival of punning reviews over at