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There will be blood

hes_my_agentAs perhaps you know, if there’s anyone Norman Lebrecht hates more than opera singers and superstar conductors, it’s artists’ managers. So imagine his glee when he got his mitts on an email “leaked… in the dark of night” detailing “the balance of terror that prevails between a soloist and the person who supposedly has his or her best interests at heart…. the stuff of nightmares.” 

La Cieca doesn’t know the details of this obviously cataclysmic artist-management breakup, but to tell the truth, the email doesn’t sound all that harsh to her. Firm, yes, but we are, after all, talking about a singer who is trying to break a contract. Now, as to the identity of that beleaguered songbird, she will leave that as an exercise for the hive mind of the cher public, with the assistance of the rosters of Universal Music Classical Management and Production and Deutsche Grammophon.

25 comments

  • Regina delle fate says:

    Oops -- sorry, he mentions Garanca. Then it’s probably Ildebrando d’Arcangelo who has made one recording for DG -- the not very good Handel arias…

    • Cocky Kurwenal says:

      It’s rubbish isn’t it -- very rare for me to return a CD to a shop, but with D’Arcangelo’s Handel I just knew I’d never want to listen to it again.

      • Harry says:

        Unfortunately for all of us, Cocky Kurwenal there are plenty of recent CDs that are not worth bothering about.

      • LittleMasterMiles says:

        Where did you find a record shop that would let you return an open, non-defective (in the technical sense) CD?

        Come to that, where did you find a record shop?

        • Cocky Kurwenal says:

          HMV, Oxford Street, London. They’ll let you return anything for a full refund or exchange as long as it is undamaged and you do so within, I think, 14 days, but it could be 21 or 28. Technically, I think you have to say it was an unwanted gift or something, but yes, you’re allowed to open it and play it before you discover it is unwanted.

  • florezrocks says:

    Ernesto Palacio is not Florez’ agent…..
    it’s his vocal mentor

    • rapt says:

      Yet Florez is listed as a client on Palacio’s website as an artists’ manager. Is it possible he serves both functions for Florez?

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    The story will run much deeper than this when the word breaks about the rumored embezzlements at one of the largest artists’ management companies in NYC.