Cessa di più eseguire?

Posted in la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede on January 31, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca hears that, beginning tonight, Jose Manuel Zapata will omit Almaviva’s final aria from the remaining performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia this season at the Met.


"Shirtless Teddy Tahu Rhodes Doing Push Ups"

Posted in barihunk, tete de peau on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

pen palOh, what more delightful headline can be imagined? Well, perhaps “Florida free-fall sends Giuliani from hero to zero” — that’s great news too. But back to important matters. Did La Cieca mention that for his current stint in Dead Man Walking The Teddster has shaved his head?

Singing, actress

Posted in diva, quiz, youtube on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

For those of you who were stumped by Lady Number Six, here’s the mysterious dame herself, Galina Vishnevskaya, in a more accustomed version of Lady Macbeth, the 1966 film by Mikhail Shapiro of Katerina Izmailova.

The great diva returned to the screen only last year in Alexandra (directed by Alexander Sokurov), playing an elderly woman who makes the trek to Chechnya to visit her grandson, who has been stationed there as a soldier for seven years.

Mot du jour

Posted in blog, giordani, maury d'annato, met on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

Marcello Giordani is, how can I put this, what Franco Farina would sound like if he weren’t awful.” — My Favorite Intermissions

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.

Three for the Regie

Posted in quiz, regie on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

Our Mystery Regie this time presents a standard opera in three acts. So let’s see one image from each act — although each image is from a different production of the work.

Remember, cher public, if you actually recognize the production, hold your tongue and allow others to guess!

Una… due…

Posted in contest, quiz on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

The clock is running out on the great Sleepwalking Scene contest, ladies and gentlemen! With only three hours and change to go, no one has successfully identified all 14 Ladies. Currently leading the pack with 13 correct are MC (not to be confused with Maria Callas) and DS (not to be confused with, uh, Dame Joan Sutherland). Each of these savants, however, stumbled on the mysterious Lady Number Six. Can you guess her identity (along with the other 13, of course), email La Cieca, and win the coveted amazon.com gift certificate?