Archive for the critic Category

Weekend at Bernie’s 2

Posted in chart, critic, nyt on January 21, 2008 by lacieca

Bernard Holland of The New York Times attended(?) Saturday night’s all-Schubert program at Carnegie Hall, featuring Ian Bostridge, Thomas Quasthoff and Dorothea Röschmann accompanied by Julius Drake. Holland’s review ran 468 words, of which barely 100 addressed the performance. Here’s La Cieca’s analysis.


Winter storms

Posted in critic, gcn, jj, met, our own on January 17, 2008 by lacieca

“The presence of the voiceless Rosalind Plowright in the supporting role of Gertrude demonstrates the folly of the Met’s notoriously Britcentric artistic administration. Surely there are dozens of equally over-the-hill American mezzos who could have shrieked the role just as atonally.”

Our own JJ reviews the Met’s productions of Hansel and Gretel, Die Walküre and Un ballo in maschera in Gay City News. JJ’s previous scribblings in the queer rag be found in the archives for 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Journalist desperately seeking emoticon for sarcasm

Posted in critic, regie on January 14, 2008 by lacieca

“Seattle Opera did more than put an intermission between the two scenes. It restored, or opened, to use opera terminology, customary cuts in the score and invented a dream sequence to open Act 2, using music written by Leoncavallo but not for Pagliacci. Two mimes, Comedy, in white, and Tragedy, in black, open the opera and stay a part of the action until the end, when Comedy has lost the game. What an effective device.” — R. M Campbell,

The ceremony of innocence is drowned

Posted in camp, critic, filth, nyt on January 11, 2008 by lacieca

“Directed by Francesca Zambello, this Little Mermaid burdens its performers with ungainly guess-what-I-am costumes (by Tatiana Noginova) and a distracting set (by George Tsypin) awash in pastels gone sour and unidentifiable giant tchotchkes that suggest a Luau Lounge whipped up by an acid-head heiress in the 1960s. The whole enterprise is soaked in that sparkly garishness that only a very young child — or possibly a tackiness-worshiping drag queen — might find pretty.

“….Ms. Zambello, best known as an adventurous director of operas, rarely lets jokes, songs or set pieces register clearly. And the impression is often of costumed employees from the Magic Kingdom of Disney World, wandering around and occasionally singing to entertain visiting children.” — Ben Brantley, New York Times

In related news, the family of Roger Bart send their condolences.

Boy, is my face green!

Posted in critic, met, votd on January 9, 2008 by lacieca

Stephanie Blythe, superlative in both voice and Wagnerian bitchery as the righteous Erda…” (Clive Barnes‘ review of Die Walküre, NY Post)

“I wouldn’t pay any attention to that. You know how bitchy Walas can be!”

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Posted in critic, gcn on December 14, 2007 by lacieca

The newest member of the gaggle of Gay City News opera critic, Eli Jacobson, critiques recent NYC performances by Opera Grattacielo and Collegiate Chorale.

Tarte a la Bernheimer

Posted in critic, piechart on December 12, 2007 by lacieca

Another review (this one only 340 words) of War and Peace. Martin Bernheimer writing for the Financial Times: