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Anna as Anna?

Posted in 2010, 2011, domingo, guest critic, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met, netrebko on January 15, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca is loath to scoop dear Bradley Wilber, but rumors are swirling once again about future seasons at the Met. Perhaps the most controversial (among the cher public, at least) of these plans is a new production of Anna Bolena to open the 2011 season, with Anna Netrebko‘s pretty head on the chopping block. Further casting at this point is not set, though La Cieca is confident that speculation will run rife in the comments section.

Now, La Cieca is just going to suggest that we all don’t go off the deep end instantly and unanimously here, despite what at least some of may regard as perfect justification for doing so.

It does seem apparent that if Netrebko is determined to do bel canto (not saying “should be doing” mind you), then Bolena does make more sense than, say, Puritani or Lucia. Anna (Mrs. Tudor, I mean) relies less on vocal brilliance qua brilliance than those two roles, and the “fiery” character of the rejected queen is the sort of dramatic type that appeals to Ms. Netrebko’s lively theatrical instincts. We should also keep in mind that she now has more than three years of lead time and the availability of Scotto as a coach; as such she does have the opportunity to delve beyond a superficial reading of the music. (Again, no guarantees…)

It will also help, I think that the only “obligatory” sopracuto is the D at the end of the first act, a high interpolation so relatively that even Carol Vaness used to sing it.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Need La Cieca remind any of you that the duration from 2008 to 2001 is the equivalent of a century in Gelb Years. By that time we may end up with Christine Ebersole opening the season in Pikovaya Dama.

Your doyenne further has heard that the title role in Simon Boccanegra (2010-2011?) has been reassigned to Placido Domingo, with Thomas Hampson shifted into a revival of Macbeth — opposite whom, La Cieca cannot venture to guess, though it’s a safe bet the cover will be Cynthia Lawrence. Domingo, La Cieca hears, is already preparing an “out of town tryout” for Verdi’s noble corsair with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

But speaking of Macbeth, La Cieca regrettably has a previous engagement and so will not be able to take in this evening’s Lawrence/Ataneli version of the Scottish Opera. Any volunteers to serve as Guest Critic?


Shirley, no jest!

Posted in broadcast, diva, met on January 12, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca hears that the one and only Miss Shirley Verrett will grace the airwaves this afternoon as an intermission guest during the broadcast of Macbeth.

Do join La Cieca in the comments section of this posting to enjoy this afternoon’s broadcast — especially the words of La Verrett!

Željko can and Željko do

Posted in broadcast, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met, sirius, telecast on January 11, 2008 by lacieca

Željko Lučic will sing Macbeth for the Met’s broadcast and HD simulcast of the Verdi opera tomorrow afternoon, replacing Lado Ataneli, who is “indisposed.”

Fatal mia donna!

Posted in la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met on January 10, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca has just heard that Cynthia Lawrence will sing Lady Macbeth on Tuesday, January 15 at the Met… and possibly more performances later in the season!

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!”

Spring wind-up

Posted in met, nyco, oony, poll on January 2, 2008 by lacieca

Another poll, this time asking which events are the absolute must-sees here in New York this spring. Please note that on this poll you can choose more than one “must-see,” which is a good thing, because everything looks most tempting!

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!”)