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Lyon’s share

Posted in ruth ann swenson on September 30, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca hears the good news that Ruth Ann Swenson has recovered well enough from her cancer treatment to jump into a couple of performances of Maria Stuarda at the Opéra de Lyon this past week.


Not a comeback, a return!

Posted in diva, gelb, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met, ruth ann swenson, scandale on September 7, 2007 by lacieca

Fans of red-haired three-named sopranos d’un certain âge will rejoice to hear that at least a couple of the mainstays of the Volpe Era have been asked back to the Met under the Gelb Aegis. (And after all that naughty gossip about firings and buyings-out! Who ever heard of such a thing?) Anyway, not to delay the gratification any longer, La Cieca can reveal that the Titian-tressed trinominates in question are Hei-Kyung Hong and Ruth Ann Swenson.

La Hong was announced only a couple of days ago as a substitute for the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro on October 2, 6, 10, 13 and 18, replacing Dorothea Röschmann “who has cancelled all engagements for three months for health reasons,” per the Met’s press office. Less officially, Ms. Swenson is rumored for the 2008-09 season as Musetta in La bohème as a followup to next spring’s Violettas, which were at one point assumed to be her farewell to the company.

UPDATED! Start the coronation without me

Posted in la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, nyco, ruth ann swenson on May 30, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca hears that Ruth Ann Swenson has withdrawn from her autumn performances of Agrippina at the New York City Opera.

This just in… “replacing” Swenson will be none other than the legendary Nelly Miricioiu! The Romanian diva assoluta is seen here in a 2003 performance of Anna Bolena.

The gala continues

Posted in caballe, daniels, fleming, gala, giordani, mattila, millo, podcast, ruth ann swenson, villazon on April 13, 2007 by lacieca

In further celebration of our 200th podcast, La Cieca presents a second program of superstars and their superstardom. Featured in the current episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera are Karita Mattila, Rolando Villazon, Renee Fleming, Dorothy Kirsten, Renata Scotto, Elena Obratszova, David Daniels, Ruth Ann Swenson, Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe diStefano, Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballe, Kostas Paskalis, Alain Vanzo, Krassimira Stoyanova, Marcello Giordani and Aprile Millo.

And don’t forget Part One, starring Maria Callas, Cesare Valletti, Rosanna Carteri, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Tito Gobbi, Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, Alfredo Kraus, Jeannette Pilou, Cesare Siepi, Jessye Norman, Joan Sutherland and Leontyne Price.

The Swenson solution

Posted in met, ruth ann swenson, this diva looks like that diva on April 5, 2007 by lacieca

The Met isn’t interested in you any more as a lyric-coloratura? Well, in that case, why not try transforming yourself into Marilyn Horne?

Ruth’s no stranger to friction

Posted in daniels, diva, gelb, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met, nyt, ruth ann swenson, sad on April 5, 2007 by lacieca

DRAMA on the front page of today’s NYT Arts section! Ruth Ann Swenson comes out swinging at the Met for “snubbing” her in favor of younger and less zaftig artists. Her current run of Cleopatras in Giulio Cesare is her final contact with the Met*, apparently the end to a 20-season career there spanning over 225 performances.

And now La Cieca is going to throw this one open to discussion from the floor!

CORRECTION: Swenson is also contracted to sing Violetta during the Met’s 2007-2008 season.