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An auction of the meager remains of the bankrupt New York City Opera’s property musical instruments, some bits of scenery and costumes is scheduled for December 12. [New York Times]

  • Camille

    Opera Teen SOS:

    Just DON’T!!!!

    • Opera Teen

      Message received! Not gonna lie, my ears perked up a little at first. The idea of owning a piece of history is super cool to me, but I’ve learned my lesson!

      • la vociaccia

        To be honest a five-octave celesta would really tie my living room together

        • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

          la vociaccia, brilliant! That’s my weekend viewing sorted. [Ah, but will Lebowski ever get the opera treatment?]

          • Camille

            Does The Big Lebowski have a celesta? I guess I’ll have to rewatdh that movie.

      • Camille

        I KNEW it! I could feel it!

        Once bitten, twice shy.

        Just think what bassoprofondo would say.

        • bluecabochon

          He can’t, he’s banned.

          • Opera Teen

            He is?

          • PetertheModest

            How did he get banned ? What did he do ?

          • Rory Williams

            What did he do, blue? (sez Rory as he quakes in fear of La Cieca’s vorpal blade.)

            • manou

              He did not row fast enough on his gondola.

            • Rory Williams

              I’m rowing! I’m rowing! LOL

          • bluecabochon

            Sorry, I meant on moderation. I cant find the thread but he took issue with the description “experienced Straussians” in a most pointed manner.

            • it is in the last page of the Two ladies in the shade thread. It all started when someone suggested Cieca carissima should give him something to review and he responded in a particularly nasty way.

            • Gualtier M

              Thank you, I missed when and why Nerva Nelli got banned from the site. Can anyone enlighten me as to Nerva’s banishment -- I suspected that Nerva was not only the Vicar but also “Famous Quickly”. When the real Regina Resnik died “Famous Quickly” disappeared. I wonder if anyone suspects other aliases for Nerva???

            • manou

              Dear Gualtier

              http://www.arkive.org/grass-snake/natrix-natrix/video-03.html

              Nerva has simply re-emerged as A.N. Other familiar poster with a slavic alias.

              For the moment.

          • Camille

            He’s banned in Boston because he’s looking for bosoms.

            Not allowed there.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Another symbol for George Steel’s destruction of the New York City Opera. Actually there are some good things in this sale. Makes one wonder why the tools and the were withheld from the big auction.

    • manou

      Something missing from your last sentence as we’ll.

      • manou

        As WELL! Damn iPad.

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

          …nice costumes…

  • Camille

    I’m just left wondering what Big Q got Bev’s wig as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux?? Or the Manon swing? Or the wig as Cleopatra.

    I know someone has them.

    • marshiemarkII

      How can one not loveya carissssima CammiB :-) :-):-)
      You really are the most adored honorary Q here!

      • Camille

        YOU have them, mmiitm! That is why you got the new silks, to wear the Cleopatra wig! And swing in Manon’s swing! Gotcha!

      • marshiemarkII

        :D [cat that swallowed the canary]

    • la vociaccia

      Camille, didn’t Operateen get the Bev swing?

      • Camille

        The poor child got a load of crap from them. It was just disgusting what they sent out to unsuspecting persons.

        I just can’t make up my mind about Peter Grimes, vociaccia!!! I feel obligated to go but I am just not in the mood for such a dark subject. Too many Fraus have done me in this week.

        We’ll see. I hope La Valkyrietta will go and you, too. I am just not in the mood for suicide.

        • la vociaccia

          Oh Camille please do! I promise it will be wonderful and will cleanse your palate after all those fraus; but if the subject is too dunkel, you can still go to the Spring Symphony and Tenor serenade with the NY Philharmonic on Saturday night, which will also feature Mr. Griffey in both tenor parts (filling in last minute for a sick Paul Appleby)!

          But please come to the Grimes! I’m so excited about it!

          • Camille

            Vociaccia cha-cha,

            Thank you so much for the encouragement but I just want to stay home and listen to the Rosenkavalier prima. I was out last night and don’t feel like going out again tonight and I know a lot of you will all excitedly chime in about it. The NY Phil I may go hear, though, so mucho spasibo for posting that. Poor Paul Appleby is probably suffering from too much internet exposure! Cute guy.

            And to be honest, when push comes to shove, I am a Straussian and not a Brittenite. I find these days the more I try to force myself to “like” something, the less I do. I’ve heard enough, over a lifetime, to know what spins my wheel, and as my life is in its senior stage now, I don’t have time for the things I hate.
            “And that’s why the lady is a tramp.”

            Have fun and best wishes from me.

      • marshiemarkII

        I am the same mood CammiB, gotta reserve some energy for Tuesday, and though I love and admire Griffey, it is so dark, that opera, and the last time I saw it was in 1978 (same year as the Frau!!!! what a year!) with Jon the God! I think I saw at least two or three performances, extraordinary!!!!
        In fact that same year it was the Otello with Scotto, really what a year huh?!?!?!?
        Oh my God, and the Werthers with la Yelena and THE Regine, and the Caballe Adriana, and the Fidelio with you know who!!!!!!, oh that was the greatest season ever it seems……..

        • Camille

          Was ist “Tuesday”?

          After Vickers, it would be perhaps to hear anyone else. Understandably.

          You think that Britten may have just been jealous of his success in the role since it was written especially for Pears, and Vickers was maybe better known? I do not really know much about it all.

          • Camille

            perhaps “difficult” to hear………

    • No big Qs got them. They all burned to ashed in the fire in 1980-something.

      My friend Rontano got the original picture that was used in the Times cover of her as Elizabetta. I hope he will live for many years, but i have already pissed all over it and marked that one as mine, after i recover from the shock of having to burry one of the people i love most in the world.

  • Tory Adore

    Hey that cowbell will come in handy when performing that Calypso tune LaCieca used for the graphic. more cowbell!