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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.

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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]

Exotica

Posted in chicago, gcn, jj, met, our own on December 21, 2007 by lacieca

Last month our own JJ took in a trio of less than standard operas: Giulio Cesare and Die Frau ohne Schatten in Chicago, and Iphigénie en Tauride right here in New York. The review is in Gay City News, of course.

Lookism? Again?

Posted in barihunk, chicago, hunkentenor, youtube on November 3, 2007 by lacieca

Yet another rehash of the great voice vs. waistline debate, this time in the Chicago Daily Herald. Nicole Cabell laments the scarcity of European gyms, while “hunken-tenor” Joseph Kaiser plants his feet firmly on both sides of the fence by declaring, “Essentially if you can be healthy about being healthy, that’s the balance to find because there’s a lot of unhealthy ways to be ‘healthy.'”

Usual suspects Deborah Voigt and Nathan Gunn offer no comment, but “bari-hunk” Mariusz Kwiecien is willing go on the record that he is “not an extremely good looking guy.” (Obviously he didn’t take a good look at this photo accompanying the article!)

Is anyone surprised to hear that the most sensible one of the bunch is the mezzo? “There is no denying the influence of the mass media culture of today on opera, but I think it’s naïve to think that the idea of ‘glamour’ is nothing new to opera,” says Joyce DiDonato. “Look at all the old diva photos from the 1920s and ’30s and you see many svelte, sexy ladies at the height of their powers.”

La Cieca herself couldn’t say it more eloquently, so she’ll turn the program over to radiant Rosa Ponselle. The diva is 39 here, just a year before her retirement from the Met:

E Susanna vien

Posted in alagna, cher public, chicago, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met on September 28, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca predicted a cast change earlier, and what do you know, so it came to pass! Soprano Lisette Oropesa will sing the Tuesday prima of the Met’s revival of Le nozze di Figaro and at least one more performance. She is jumping in for the enceinte Isabel Bayrakdarian. Ms. Oropesa is not only a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program but (even more impressively) she is La Cieca’s homegirl since she is a graduate of LSU in dear old Baton Rouge! It should be noted, however, that she and La Cieca matriculated in different centuries.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, Angela Gheorghiu has been fired from Lyric Opera’s production of La bohème which is scheduled to open Monday, October 1. Thundered General Director William Mason, “Miss Gheorghiu has missed 6 of 10 rehearsals, including the piano dress rehearsal and both staging rehearsals with the orchestra. She missed one of the most critical stage-orchestra rehearsals when she left the city for New York without permission, a direct violation of her contract.” La Gheorghiu was in fact spotted in the audience for the Met’s prima of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette on Tuesday night.

The news is somewhat less dire for other members of the Gheorghiu famille. Those of you cher public who missed out on Roberto “Million Dollar Legs” Alagna‘s stylish Roméo this week may get another chance at seeing his collaboration with Anna Netrebko in the Gounod love story. La Cieca hears that Alagna will return in December to fill the “TBA” slots on the 8th, 12th and 15th, including the broadcast and HD telecast. Matthew Polenzani, La Cieca hears, will take over the role on December 20.

Rocky Mountain low

Posted in barihunk, chicago, festoonery, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede on August 17, 2007 by lacieca

UPDATE: A source at Opera Colorado informs La Cieca that there is in fact no exodus currently in progress from the company’s costume shop. La Cieca apologizes for the confusion.

Earlier, La Cieca reported that her “mile-high informant” whispered that “Colorado Opera’s entire costume department just quit in a huff. Or was fired in a huff.” Apparently La Cieca was either misinformed or else misunderstood the tip she was given.

In any case, we continue with the latest installment of News of the Hard to Believe. America’s Singing Slab Nathan Gunn is quoted in the Chicago Tribune as saying, apparently with a straight face, “To be honest, I don’t think that much about how I look.”

No, John von Rhein wasn’t buying it either.

Un ballo in mascara

Posted in chicago, guyliner on June 8, 2007 by lacieca

“Eye makeup never looked so good on a man. In the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp trowels on more black eyeliner than a Kabuki dancer. . . . and he is not the only man calling for more kohl. Lately, eyeliner — that little slick of dark paste — has acquired a new, more-masculine and more-marketable name: ‘Guyliner.’ Tobey Maguire wears it in Spider-Man 3. Fall Out Boy bassist and Chicago rocker Pete Wentz gave a step-by-step demonstration on People magazine’s Web site recently, showing the uninitiated how to affix it.” — Chicago Tribune, June 4, 2007.