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Encouraging young things to grow

La Cieca has just reviewed the parterre circulation numbers and she is delighted and not a little perplexed to note that the day of the Great Opera News Kerfuffle provided our site with the highest number of pageviews in history, a total of 33,565 views in the 24 hours of Tuesday May 22. Thanks to this story and the WQXR drama a few weeks earlier, parterre is on track for its busiest month ever.

And speaking of the Recent Unpleasantness, the excellent Billevesées brings some insider knowledge to the ongoing discussion, specifically the relationship among the Met, the Guild and Opera News.

  • SilvestriWoman

    Congrats, divina Cieca!!! Though it has nothing to do with the Kerfuffle, you can add Mom to your legion of fans. An avid Met in HD fan in San Antonio, she turned to you for the most updated opera news. As she puts it, “I don’t always understand what they’re saying, but I’m catching on!”

    • JanetLand

      I am also a new member and that is EXACTLY how I feel!

  • arepo

    Mighty impressive.

  • Camille

    I always knew Signor Giallo would be good for something.

    • Ilka Saro

      Tu sei giaaaaaaallo. Come un moooooooorto!

      • Camille


  • Thank you La C for posting the link to Mr. Madison’s blog. A new discovery for me, and another voice of reason. Congrats on the stats, as well.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Yellow Man’s gonna be jealous of those numbers, well deserved for La Cieca!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I enjoyed reading about William Madison and his blog. Is he still a go-go-boy somewhere? His authorized biography of Madeline Kahn should be very interesting. How I wish she were still alive to make the audio book version

  • Sempre liberal

    I do hope that JJ, too, was once a go-go boy. In any case, someone really needs to dance atop the long bar ‘neath the red Chagall. That would certainly liven up the long intermissions.

  • To paraphrase my favorite Rossini opera: brava, bene, cosi si fa!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Justin Davidson: “After the Times’ Anthony Tommasini suggested that as chief executive, he might delegate some artistic control, Gelb called the critic into his office and told him, “I’m the director of productions”—effectively, Le Met, c’est moi. I accepted a similar invitation to discuss some reviews I had written for New York. On that occasion, he was willing to concede problems with certain productions. But now he has hunkered down and taken to bullying the very people who care most about the art form he is ostensibly there to advance.” See:

    I wonder if JJ will be called into Gelb’s office.

    • Krunoslav

      “I wonder if JJ will be called into Gelb’s office.”

      The phrase “Basta, Roberti” comes to mind…

      • To which La Cieca will surely reply, “Please! Why so formal? Do call me me Margherita!”

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

        • We can always go see him together and have a spot of lunch afterwards. My post on the best and worst of the Gelb years. So far, anyway.

  • Signor Bruschino

    Interesting stuff superconductor- and I agree re Die Agyptische being one of the best… and here is the question- Why is that directors like Sher and Zimmerman (and Des McAnuff (see Falstaff in Fall 2013)) get repeated productions, but Fielding has not been invited back at all…

    I know these are rhetorical, unanswerable questions, but I like to get depressed before going to sleep at night (while chanting quietly Herheim at the Met, Herheim at the Met)

  • arepo

    I just dicovered that in the June 4th issue of New York Magazine in Justin Davidson’s article on Gelb, “The Met on Mute”, the comment I made here on Parterre Box was quoted in the article.
    My claim to fame!

  • Maestro

    Is that the Simpsons Mr. Sparkle logo that Gelb’s face is plastered on? Awesome! Or, as Peter Sparkle would say, “I’m disrespectful to dirt! Can you see I am serious?” (A la )