Archive for the podcast Category

A Star is Reborn

Posted in gay, podcast, youtube on January 28, 2008 by lacieca


That superstar of the podosphere, Miss Frances Gumm, is back after six months of laying fallow. Or is La Cieca thinking of Frank Sinatra? Anyway, one of our absolute favorite online destinations, JudyCast, has returned with its distinctive mélange of entertainment gossip and otherworldy warbling as gaily subversive as ever. (No explanation is given for the hiatus, but La Cieca suspects that the recent TCM screening of the bizarre 1968 flick Skiddoo dislodged whatever was creatively blocking Carol Channing and the other JudyCast partipants.)

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.

Weird sister

Posted in apocryphal opera anecdote theater of the air, diva, our own, podcast on January 24, 2008 by lacieca


The inimitable, irrepressible Miss Tallulah Bankhead once more graces the studio of Unnatural Acts of Opera with a guest appearance on Apocryphal Opera Anecdote Theater. The legendary stage star joins Our Own La Cieca and Miss Cratchitt to perform a pair of scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The main event, of course, is the second and third acts of Verdi’s operatic version of the Scottish Tragedy, starring Shirley Verrett, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Franco Tagliavini. Conducting this performance from La Scala on December 7, 1975 is Claudio Abbado.

Lady Be Good

Posted in diva, podcast on January 17, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca is happy to announce a special performance to mark the return from exile of Unnatural Acts of Opera. Our program is a reprise of the first opera ever podcast on this site, Verdi’s Macbeth featuring Shirley Verrett and Piero Cappuccilli. Claudio Abbado conducts the orchestra and chorus of La Scala on December 7, 1975.

Vox populi

Posted in apocryphal opera anecdote theater of the air, podcast, poll, scotto on December 20, 2007 by lacieca

You, the cher public, have spoken. By a firm plurality of 31%, you have selected Renata Scotto‘s Lady Macbeth as the “encore” to her Adriana Lecouvreur on the current episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera. Of the 238 ballots cast, the Scottish dame garnered 74 votes. Runners-up were Norma (50 votes) and Elisabetta in Don Carlo (47 votes). La Gioconda and Amelia in Ballo brought up the rear with 31 votes each.

Also featured on our current podcast: Apocryphal Opera Anecdote Theatre of the Air presents the heart-warming holiday-themed drama “La Cieca’s Christmas Carol,” with special “ghost” appearances by your favorites Tullio Serafin and Olga Cratchitt.

You, the programmer

Posted in podcast, poll, scotto on December 18, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca has once more been remiss in her podcasting, so she’s turning to you, cher public, for a little help. Thursday night La Cieca will publish the (overdue) podcast featuring the final act of Adriana Lecouvreur starring the ineffable Renata Scotto. As usual, there will be room for 20-25 minutes of additional music after the act. So La Cieca is asking you, my darlings, to help her choose the bonus material.

Mostly mediocre moments

Posted in met, podcast, scotto, youtube on December 3, 2007 by lacieca

In the words of Stella Maria Krazelberg von und zu Brabant, “Renata was robbed!” La Cieca offers a quick reminder of some moments that should have made the Met’s “Top 15” list.