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Peter Gelb is a fucking bargain

So guess who makes more money than Peter Gelb and works less, sometimes a lot less? Answer: a lot of people.

“Creative consultant Renee Fleming ["La Polverosa"] received $497,000 for sprinkling inspirational diva dust amongst the company in various forums.”

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  • phoenix says:

    news of another opera entrepreneur:

    Placido Domingo in hospital in Spain with embolism

    Published -- Jul 09 2013 11:37AM EST

    CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.

    Domingo’s publicist says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss at least two appearances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the hospital Monday in Madrid, Spain.

    Doctors say the pulmonary embolism was caused by a blood clot.

    Publicist Nancy Seltzer says doctors have asked the Spanish tenor and conductor to rest for three to four weeks, but that healing time varies. His return to the stage will depend on how quickly he regains his strength.

    It’s not the first time Domingo has faced a serious medical condition.

    Domingo returned to the stage just 45 days after undergoing colon cancer surgery in 2010 and has maintained a vigorous schedule and displayed an uncommon vitality at an age when most stars have stepped away from the spotlight.

    He is the most visible opera singer in the world and has performed more than 140 roles, expanding his repertoire to include baritone roles in the past half-decade. The Three Tenors member also recently was named the new goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for his efforts in spreading classical music around the world.

    Domingo has canceled his performances in Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which were to begin July 17 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as an appearance on July 21 at Plaza Mayor.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

      I hope you will join me in praying for Domingo’s complete recovery.

      • Porgy Amor says:

        Indeed. This is very serious, and he was certainly in a high-risk group. That vigorous schedule mentioned in the article requires him to travel by air a great deal, with long periods of limited mobility.

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  • norma54 says:

    Fleming’s “presence” in Chicago is a joke! She only sings high-priced gala concerts……or “semi-staged” performances of a non-subscription opera…… hardly anyone wants to hear. Heaven forbid she should sing a full run, of a repertoire opera which perhaps would help sell out the subscription season. Lyric will perform OTELLO and RUSALKA this year……. two of Fleming’s signature roles……..but NO FLEMING !!! 1/2 a million…………for WHAT?? PASSION posters??? As I said,……….a JOKE !