Archive for the met Category

Bess, is you our woman now?

Posted in 2012, bel canto, diva, met, mp3 on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

Or, to put it another way, could this soprano be what the Met needs for Roberto Devereux?

While you ponder the future, you can enjoy the past: the final act of Verdi’s Macbeth is now on Unnatural Acts of Opera.

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Joyce DiDonato in Maria Stuarda

Posted in 2012, bel canto, diva, met, youtube on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

La DiDonato is joined here by Gabriele Fontana and Eric Cutler in this 2005 video.

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]

What do you think you are? A pair of queens?

Posted in 2011, 2012, bel canto, met, netrebko on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

The Met officially announced today that the company will stage Anna Bolena for Anna Netrebko for the opening night of the 2011-2012 season (old news to you, cher public!) and, the following season, Maria Stuarda for Joyce DiDonato.

The company has no current plans to produce Roberto Devereux. In what La Cieca is choosing to consider a stinging slap in the face to — well, at least one soprano — Peter Gelb explained, “The problem is casting ….There’s no singer around today who can sing [Elisabetta].”

And you may make what you will of la Netrebko’s statement about the Bolena: “Fortunately, it’s far enough in the future that I’ll have time to learn it really well.”

Mot du jour

Posted in blog, giordani, maury d'annato, met on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

Marcello Giordani is, how can I put this, what Franco Farina would sound like if he weren’t awful.” — My Favorite Intermissions

Blackout

Posted in gelb, met, telecast on January 24, 2008 by lacieca

Don’t expect Met HD telecasts to show up on your pay-per-view channel anytime soon. According to the Associated Press, theater owners protested that the release of the telecasts to the In Demand service only 30 days after theatrical release would take revenue away from their broadcasts.

“At least five of the Met’s operas this season are to be released on DVD under an agreement with EMI Classics,” the story goes on to note. Which five, La Cieca wonders?

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.