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  • Porgy Amor: I give all Levine all his credit and more for what he did for the Met in the first 30 years or so of his tenure. But imagine... 3:25 PM
  • La Cieca: In other words, a purely imaginary and fictional office. Enjoyed your nitpicking for the day? 3:22 PM
  • quoth the maven: Levine probably does have board support, but at the same time, I’m sure it suits Gelb to a “t” to have... 3:21 PM
  • redbear: It is an odd situation. When a conductor is music director of a major company it is a full time job: auditions, details of... 3:18 PM
  • gustave of montreal: The Dauphin was in France, ma chère., not in Spain. 3:16 PM
  • Liz.S: Thank you, and brava, LaC! Indeed this is very very unhealthy and bizarre situation for ANY sort of musical institution. I... 3:12 PM
  • Porgy Amor: any life situation imaginable can be summed up with a line from All About Eve “The Operah, the Operah — what book... 3:08 PM
  • La Cieca: Working on this. Apparently it’s a Feedburner (third party) issue. 3:02 PM

Garden variety

Kasper Holten, director of the hunkalicious film Juan as well as current artistic director of Royal Danish Opera, will succeed Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House starting next year. [The Stage]


  • oedipe says:

    Ah, the irony of the random juxtaposition of topics! Here we were, discussing Bieito’s Entfuehrung and the unmasking -through Regie- of the victimization and subordination of 18th century women, even when they were being “saved” by men. And what do I see next? Life supersedes art! With all the carefully thought out violence and scatological detail, Bieito still has a hard time competing in terms of shock value with the true story of the well-connected, highly successful, “hunky” Kasper Holten, who decides to dump his dying wife for a new look-alike in better condition. Talk about the victimization of women!
    Now let’s see how the “modern”, “feminist” solutions suggested in the previous thread for Konstanze would apply in the case of Holten’s wife (abandoned to die by herself): she could get therapy; she could “do what she wants”; or she could commit suicide…Other liberated, modern suggestions, anyone?

  • iltenoredigrazia says:

    If a thousand years from now some archaeologist discovers a transcript of some of these sessions and he/she doesn’t know what we meant by “opera,” he/she would have no idea that singing was involved. How would these differ from equivalent blogs on theatre or movies?