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Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2008 by lacieca

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Ever dancing, none can be half so merry as are we

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca has just been reminded of the intriguing news that Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with The Morgan Library & Museum, will present a new production, Scenes of Gypsy Life (a cautionary tale featuring music of Janácek and Dvorák), on January 16 and 17. The program devised by GCO artistic director Neal Goren and stage director Eric Einhorn is a double bill consisting of Janácek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared and Dvorák’s “Gypsy Songs” and performed by Garrett Sorensen.

Performances are at 7:30 each night Gilder Lehrman Hall, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $35 for members of The Morgan Library and $45 for non-members. Tickets are available at http://www.themorgan.org/ or by phone at 212-685-0008 x560.

E Fedra sia!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca enthuses about her recent visit to the Lyric Opera of Chicago before introducing the third act of Adriana Lecouvreur starring Renata Scotto. Your doyenne’s favorite diva returns after the act for a rare live recording of an excerpt from one of her most celebrated roles. All this, plus Milton Host‘s wonted bemusement, on the current episode of Unnatural Acts of Opera.

"The Season Brochure" – you be the judge (part 5)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca was franky overwhelmed by both the volume and the quality of the “Season Brochure” contest entries, so she’s decided to ask you, her cher public, to help decide the winner. In this and four other posts, she will present five finalists. Later today, she will post a ballot so you, the cher public, may vote on your #1 favorite.

Indiana writes:

The 2007 season for Buffalo Grand Opera promises an eclectic mix of mysterious and delirious works, as well as a gala extravaganza featuring the gutly personality Stephen Colbert as special bear.

The beloved classic, Donizetti’s La sprezzatura di Springfield boasts a new production directed by Andrew Sullivan, with costumes by Julian Schnabel. This lavish staging updates the action to Mt. McKinley in the early part of the twentieth century. Soprano Renee Fleming stars as Leonora, a virginal noun who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious verb. Renee Fleming is perhaps best known from TV’s 24 where she sang the lilting melody “Erwartung.”

The neglected masterpiece Der Zaubervogelnachlass will be revived for only three and a half performances. You probably already know the famous “Teatime Chorus” which was used on the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film Dances with Wolves. Due to the length of this work, all performances will begin at noon.

Finally, the company will present the New York premiere of the opera The Life and Times of Norman Podhoretz in a co-production with La Scala and Glyndebourne. The libretto is by Tom Wolfe, based on the play What the Butler Saw, and the music is adapted from the works of Nicolo Jommelli by maestro Rene Jacobs. Exciting newcomer Ann Coulter makes her operatic debut as the glamorous heroine, and the men in her life are portrayed by Glenn Reynolds, Glenn Greenwald and Glenn Beck.

Generous support for Buffalo Grand Opera’s laundry was provided by the Margaret Dumont Foundation and the National Endowment for the Sackbut.

"The Season Brochure" – you be the judge (part 4)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca was franky overwhelmed by both the volume and the quality of the “Season Brochure” contest entries, so she’s decided to ask you, her cher public, to help decide the winner. In this and four other posts, she will present five finalists. Later today, she will post a ballot so you, the cher public, may vote on your #1 favorite.

Winpal writes:

The 2008 season for Montego Bay Grand Opera promises an eclectic mix of fratboy and Rastafarian works, as well as a gala kegger featuring the totally awesome personality Paris Hilton as special barmaid.

The reggae classic, Donizetti’s La Bimba di Cancun boasts a new production directed by La Cieca, with costumes by Maury D’Annato. This beachfront staging updates the action to Coney Island in the early part of the 19th century. Soprano Angela Gheorghiu stars as Lindsay, a virginal nymphomaniac who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious sand dab. Angela Gheorghiu is perhaps best known from TV’s Survivor Chicago where she sang the lilting melody “Stand By Your Man.”

The neglected masterpiece Der Lederkoniginhausfrau will be revived for only 14 performances. You probably already know the famous “Dykes’ Chorus” which was used on the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film The Nun’s Story. Due to the length of this work, all performances will begin at sunrise.

Finally, the company will present the Jamaica premiere of the opera The Life and Times of Britney Spears in a co-production with Amato Opera and La Scala. The libretto is by Lynne Cheney, based on the play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and the music is adapted from the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber by maestro Valery Gergiev. Exciting newcomer Rosie O’Donnell makes her operatic debut as the maternal heroine, and the men in her life are portrayed by Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly and Oprah Winfrey.

Generous support for Montego Bay Grand Opera’s spring break was provided by the Bob Marley Foundation and the National Endowment for the Bong.

"The Season Brochure" – you be the judge (part 3)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca was franky overwhelmed by both the volume and the quality of the “Season Brochure” contest entries, so she’s decided to ask you, her cher public, to help decide the winner. In this and four other posts, she will present five finalists. Later today, she will post a ballot so you, the cher public, may vote on your #1 favorite.

James writes:

The 1995 season for Seattle Grand Opera promises an eclectic mix of round and glorious works, as well as a gala chair featuring the rotund personality Mel Gibson as special chandelier.

The bright classic, Paul Hindemith’s La Scuro di Houston, boasts a new production directed by Hilary Clinton, with costumes by Ray Liotta. This large staging updates the action to Hicksville in the early part of the 53rd century. Soprano Jane Eaglen stars as Samantha, a virginal train who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious scarf. Jane Eaglen is perhaps best known from TV’s Scrubs where she sang the lilting melody “Du Hast Den Schönsten Arsch Der Welt.”

The neglected masterpiece Der Naturschutzgebietsüßstoffhaus will be revived for only 32 performances. You probably already know the famous “Carpet Chorus” which was used on the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film Resident Evil. Due to the length of this work, all performances will begin at 2 o’clock PM.

Finally, the company will present the Scranton premiere of the opera The Life and Times of the Dalai Lama in a co-production with HGO and Chicago Lyric. The libretto is by Arnold Schwarzenegger, based on the play Medea, and the music is adapted from the works of Iannis Xenakis by maestro Réne Jacobs. Exciting newcomer Dr. Ruth makes her operatic debut as the stinky heroine, and the men in her life are portrayed by Pee Wee Herman, Rufus Wainwright and Liam Neeson.

Generous support for Seattle Grand Opera’s cup was provided by the Tony Blair Foundation and the National Endowment for the Grass.

"The Season Brochure" – you be the judge (part 2)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca was franky overwhelmed by both the volume and the quality of the “Season Brochure” contest entries, so she’s decided to ask you, her cher public, to help decide the winner. In this and four other posts, she will present five finalists. Later today, she will post a ballot so you, the cher public, may vote on your #1 favorite.

Orestes writes:

The 1954 season for Selma Grand Opera promises an eclectic mix of patriotic and unfortunate works, as well as a gala funeral featuring the drunk personality Tallulah Bankhead as special queen.

The wicked classic, Giuseppe Verdi’s La putana d’Atlanta boasts a new production directed by Margaret Mitchell, with costumes by Ted Turner. This arrogant staging updates the action to Paris in the early part of the 15th century. Soprano Renata Tebaldi stars as Beulah, a virginal mule who for most of the opera is disguised as a mysterious cowboy. Renata Tebaldi is perhaps best known from TV’s Rawhide where she sang the lilting melody “Love for Sale.”

The neglected masterpiece Der Grosseschnitzelleben will be revived for only 25 performances. You probably already know the famous “Lesbian Chorus” which was used on the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film The Women. Due to the length of this work, all performances will begin at noon.

Finally, the company will present the Reno premiere of the opera The Life and Times of Mary Baker Eddy in a co-production with Metropolitan Opera and Teatro Colon. The libretto is by Eleanor Roosevelt, based on the play Suddenly Last Summer, and the music is adapted from the works of Meyerbeer by maestro Herbert von Karajan. Exciting newcomer Mamie Eisenhower makes her operatic debut as the promiscuous heroine, and the men in her life are portrayed by Adlai Stevenson, Harry Truman and J. Edgar Hoover.

Generous support for Selma Grand Opera’s dildo was provided by the Marlene Dietrich Foundation and the National Endowment for the Prosthetic.