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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

It was a blind item

Though his life is blessed with joy and full of hope, which artist could spare only 20 minutes to sign autographs before shouting “I’m done” and stomping away from a queue of disappointed fans?


  • belcantomaniac says:

    These videos of Simone Kermes made me laugh so much -- the buggy eyes, the ridiculous outfits and the bopping up and down and side to side was such a caricature. And there’s a voice there. Pity she does such tasteless things with it. But I’d pay money to go see such a comedy show. At least there’s something redeeming about this camp as opposed to Nadja Michael’s approximation of singing.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    It’s so strange that the Amsterdam authorities threatened to arrest David Daniels if he did not opt to take the next flight back to Detroit, because his passport was damaged ! Poor singer had to postpone his Hamburg recital because of that.
    From the artist’s Facebook page:
    “Yesterday I flew to Hamburg via Amsterdam arriving into Amsterdam at 6am. 6 years ago a work visa to S. America had come loose from a page in my passport and I removed it. A customs agent in Amsterdam asked me what had been on that page and took me to a private security office. After 2 hours of questioning and missing my flight to Hamburg I was told that the document (my passport) was fraudulent and had two choices. 1) Be arrested and taken to a Dutch prison until a court hearing or 2) be on the next flight home to the USA. At 8:30am I was on a flight home to Detroit. I haven’t slept in 34 hours! NIGHTMARE!!!!

    What’s worse, the Peter Moores Foundation is ending it philanthropy. Many opera companies and future projects affected. From the press release: “Commenting on the Trustees’ decision to close down the Foundation, Sir Peter explained: ‘I started giving some modest financial support to a few young artists whom I met when I was still in my twenties (artists such as the young Geraint Evans, Joan Sutherland, and a burgeoning conductor, Colin Davis)….’”

    The “swansong project” will fund:

    “Opera North – to stage Verdi’s Otello for the first time in its 33-year history. Music Director Richard Farnes conducts 14 performances in Leeds and on tour, opening 16 January 2013.

    Birmingham Opera -- Khovanshchina project – support for the creation of a new site-specific production of Mussorgky’s masterpiece with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, leading to performances in April 2014.

    English Touring Opera -- support for two new productions over two seasons, touring 12-15 towns and cities in the UK:
    Spring 2013: Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais
    Spring 2015: Donizetti’s Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo

    Scottish Opera -- in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, a new production of Die fliegende Hollander directed by Harry Fehr, opening at Theatre Royal Glasgow in April 2013 before touring to Edinburgh. Last performed by Scottish Opera 25 years ago the opera now returns in the season celebrating the Company’s 50th anniversary.

    Welsh National Opera -- Donizetti’s three Tudor operas, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux Presented in consecutive productions, Autumn 2013, at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and on tour

    English National Opera -- a major new production of a rarely performed work, featuring the full company, conducted by Music Director Edward Gardner. Details will be released in Spring 2013 when ENO announces its plans for the 2013-2014 Season.

    The Royal Opera, Covent Garden -- UK premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, March 2013, and new production of Rossini’s La donna del lago, May/June 2013, including live cinema screening, 27 May 2013

    Glyndebourne Festival Opera -- Donizetti’s Poliuto (to be staged in 2015 Season)”

    • m. croche says:

      A site-specific Khovanshchina sounds vaguely ominous.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        Yes, I had the same thought about that. I wonder what venue they plan to destroy at the end. I hope the audience escapes unharmed. But the possibility of Deniese in Poliuto even more foreboding!