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Petered out

Daniel Wakin reports that “WQXR pulled a blog posting critical of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle last month after the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, personally complained to the radio station’s top executive…. The Met has a small sponsorship arrangement with WQXR, which for decades has broadcast live Met performances on Saturdays.”  

The blog post in question, by critic Olivia Giovetti, is in large part a rebuttal to Gelb’s interview with Anthony Tommasini, which in turn was transparently a response to the Alex Ross‘s harsh critique of Lepage’s production in The New Yorker.

Though, as Wakin notes, Giovetti’s post has been scrubbed from the WQXR site, a cached version can be viewed here as a PDF. La Cieca invites the cher public to decide for themselves whether the piece was inflammatory enough to provoke an act of what can only be called censorship.

88 comments

  • Clita del Toro says:

    OT: Sirius has apparently made some changes of late. I tuned into the 1945 Gioconda with Milanov, which started at 8:00AM here in Chicago. To my surprise the opera started at the beginning with Juntwait’s announcement.
    I then clicked on the “listen live” et voila, the opera was in the last act as I had expected. Sirius’ format on the computer is totally different from what it was last week. Btw, Milanov sounds great; Tucker, the same old blustery singing.

    • Clita del Toro says:

      PS Warren is not chopped liver either.

      • MontyNostry says:

        Does Zinka get a special round of applause for her “Ah, come t’amo”? That’s a highlight of the live version I have.

  • Clita del Toro says:

    OT: TRAVIATA TONIGHT form opera-l

    Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Violetta Valéry in this evening’s
    performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, the final performance of the opera this
    season. Hong replaces Natalie Dessay, who is ill. Hong most recently sang
    Violetta at the Met on April 6, the opening night of the current revival;
    she also sang a portion of the performance on April 21.