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  • Milady DeWinter: Milles mercis, Jungfrau – blissful anodyne to the brutal news and heat. Treptow can make you wince, but... 4:04 PM
  • PCally: Well Bill I have attended several performances of Parsifal in Vienna, including a performance around Easter, and there has always... 4:02 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Tout à fait ! 3:40 PM
  • Bill: Well, people stand up for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah a tradition for centuries. Also a phony custom ? I cannot... 3:31 PM
  • La Cieca: That may have been true 30 years ago, but I have never in my life attended a Parsifal at which there was no applause after the... 3:12 PM
  • chicagoing: James Levine appeared as scheduled to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravnia on Saturday night. Unfortunatley for that... 3:07 PM
  • umangialaio: Pankratova, a favourite of mine after her splendid Faerberin in Milan and Mucnich, just delivered a Belcanto-Kundry, comme il... 2:52 PM
  • Bill: Generally in my experience at Parsifals at the Met, in Vienna, in Budapest and in Germany there is not clapping after the first act.... 2:16 PM

The fall guy

Heads are about to roll at New York City Opera, probably including George Steel‘s—though given the troupe’s bizarro history for the past few years, who can say? This is in the wake of a letter leaked to the Wall Street Journal from singers and production staff of the embattled company, which includes this chilling statement: “We are very frustrated that NYCO has now become an opera company that does not do opera.” 

Meanwhile, AGMA’s Alan Gordon has emailed AP with a warning that Tthe musicians and stagehands could “strike and drive City Opera out of existence” if working hours and benefits are cut.

A board meeting, “widely expected to determine the fate of the company’s fall season,” is scheduled for today..

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