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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.


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!”

Put our service to the test

Posted in met, nilsson, verdi, votd, youtube on October 23, 2007 by lacieca

The unsinkable (and apparently unflappable) Birgit Nilsson sings what turns out to be an aria from Verdi’s Macbeth — despite makeup design from Valley of the Dolls and a costume recycled from the “Be Our Guest” number in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

La Nilsson’s performance (as awesome as it is!) is only an opening gambit, of course. La Cieca wants to throw the floor open to discussion of last night’s Macbeth at the Met.

And one for Mahler!

Posted in barihunk, blind, diva, levine, tommasini, votd on January 8, 2006 by lacieca

A double-header of Tony Tommasini delights this weekend in the Times. On Sunday, TT puts on his Captain Obvious hat to ask the musical question, “is it possible that [Nathan] Gunn‘s appearance has drawn attention away from his fine vocal artistry?” You’ll find that story right next to the photograph of Gunn with his shirt off.

The day before, an interview with Elaine Stritch in which the veteran Broadway diva tells about her date with James Levine. (Yes, you read that right.) Jimmy, you see, took La Stritch to hear Barbara Cook at the Carlyle; Tony concludes that “this story gives a poignant glimpse into Mr. Levine’s private life.” Well, yes, actually: in fact, that scenario is just about the gayest thing La Cieca can imagine — with the possible exception of Ricky Martin reading Valley of the Dolls aloud while getting fistfucked.

You’ve got to climb Mount Everest

Posted in netrebko, villazon, votd on August 9, 2005 by lacieca

Anna Netrebko is Anne Welles! Rolando Villazon is Lyon Burke! On the silver screen, every thrill, every shock of the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann!

Uh, make that “the best-selling opera by Giuseppe Verdi