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Hey, babe Hey, babe

Born on this day in 1946 actress and superstar Holly Woodlawn.

on October 26, 2021 at 8:50 AM
A true love A true love

Born on this day in 1927 actress and singer Barbara Cook.

on October 25, 2021 at 11:06 AM
Lucrezia Borgia Lucrezia Borgia

In tribute to Edita Gruberova, a 2010 performance of one of her favorite later-career vehicles, Lucrezia Borgia.

on October 24, 2021 at 11:29 AM
“I am a first-class liar” “I am a first-class liar”

Born on this day in 1882 actress Sybil Thorndike.

on October 24, 2021 at 8:30 AM
All too human All too human

Born on this day 100 years ago soprano Denise Duval.

on October 23, 2021 at 12:25 PM
Do not disturb Do not disturb

Born on this day in 1904 actress Constance Bennett.

on October 22, 2021 at 8:12 AM
Unbreak my harp Unbreak my harp

A performance of Rossini’s Otello ossia Il Moro di Venezia from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, featuring Mariella Devia, Bruce Ford and Juan Diego Florez.

on October 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM
But she’s here But she’s here

Born on this day in 1924 cabaret goddess Julie Wilson.

on October 21, 2021 at 7:52 AM
Genuine charm Genuine charm

Born on this day in 1907 actress and television personality Arlene Francis.

on October 20, 2021 at 6:29 AM
Fire Shut Up in My Bones Fire Shut Up in My Bones

An audio stream of tonight’s sold-out Met performance.

on October 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Do you believe in magic? Do you believe in magic?

Remember that time you went to the opera and the whole evening was like magic? Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion probably ranks among my greatest nights in the theater and I’m finding the superlatives in my thesaurus inadequate to the task.

on October 19, 2021 at 1:21 PM
Disjointed Disjointed

La Cieca hears that Anna Netrebko has cancelled her November performances of Nabucco in Vienna to schedule shoulder surgery.

on October 19, 2021 at 11:44 AM
A seacoast of Bohemia A seacoast of Bohemia

The people—I assume most of them were natives—seemed pretty happy at La Boheme at the San Carlo on Saturday night. For one thing, the theater was packed to the top tier, all of us masked (vigili di fuoco—firemen—made sure of that)

on October 19, 2021 at 10:25 AM
The big cube The big cube

Ludwig van Beethoven’s “rescue opera” Fidelio was presented by San Francisco Opera as their first new production of the season last Thursday in reinterpreted fashion.

on October 19, 2021 at 9:31 AM
Born to be hurt Born to be hurt

Born on this day in 1914 actress Juanita Moore.

on October 19, 2021 at 8:08 AM
Edita Gruberova 1946-2021 Edita Gruberova 1946-2021

The Slovak soprano, whose career spanned more than 50 years, died yesterday in Zurich. She was 74.

on October 19, 2021 at 7:45 AM