Archive for the mp3 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.


When Ladies Meet

Posted in contest, mp3, quiz, verdi, youtube on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

And now, the solution to the “Sleepwalking Scene” quiz.

No Sleep ‘Til Sunnyside

Posted in contest, diva, mp3, quiz, verdi on January 28, 2008 by lacieca

Not a whole lot of news on matters operatic in the past couple of days, so La Cieca has decided a competitive quiz is in order. The clip below is the “Sleepwalking Scene” from Verdi’s Macbeth divided among 14 sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. All you have to do is name the 14 singers in the correct order. (La Cieca has decided to be merciful this time and omit overly obscure singers. Each singer in this clip is or was internationally famous. However, La Cieca cautions you that not all these singers included Lady Macbeth in their onstage repertoire.)

When you believe you know all 14 voices, send your answer to First correct answer will receive a gift certificate from Should there be no entry with all 14 correct answers by midnight on Tuesday, January 29, La Cieca will choose randomly among the entries with the highest number of correct answers.

In the meantime, please feel free to discuss and make wild guesses in the comments section.

UPDATE: As of Monday evening, La Cieca has not declared a winner. There is a tie for first place with two entries each naming 13 out of 14 correctly. Interestingly, they both mistake the same Lady. For those of you who might want to do a little more intensive study of the Ladies (and La Cieca doesn’t mean only the lesbians in the audience!), here’s the mp3 to download.

Villazón sings again!

Posted in mp3, podcast, villazon on January 28, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca’s dear friend Ed Rosen (doyen of Premiere Opera) sent along a clip from Rolando Villazón‘s first recital since his return to the stage early this month. According to Ed, “He first sings Massenet’s “Ouvre tes yeux,” followed by Tosti’s “Ideale.” Rolando’s voice sounds as beautiful as ever! The recital took place in Barcelona on January 13 of this year.”

While we’re on the subject, do be sure to check out Ed’s always fascinating podcast.

This is my belief, in brief

Posted in camp, diva, great homosexuals of history, mp3, votd on January 18, 2008 by lacieca

That grand old man of music André Previn is writing another opera, following up on the clamorous success of 1998’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The commission for Houston Grand Opera is Brief Encounter, based on Noel Coward’s one-act play Still Life as well as the screenplay for the eponymous film. (First Tennessee Williams, then Noel Coward … surely a collaboration with Jean Genet is the next logical step!) Well, anyway, the premiere of Brief Encounter, most likely omitting the above imagery, is set for May of 2009. Too long a wait, you say? Well, in the meantime, sit back and enjoy an excerpt from Previn’s one universally recognized masterpiece.

Front burner

Posted in camp, crossover, diva, mp3 on January 16, 2008 by lacieca

A legendary Lulu crosses over.

Close harmony

Posted in mp3, stephen costello on January 10, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca thanks you all for your patience. And now, at the proper playback speed, the “Cherry Duet” as sung by Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez at their London recital Tuesday night. Iain Burnside is the pianist.