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Born on this day in 1921 actress and singer Deanna Durbin.

Born on this day in 1660 composer Andre Campra.

Happy 80th birthday bass Artur Korn.

Happy 79th birthday mezzo-soprano Yvonne Minton.

Happy 70th birthday soprano Lillian Watson.

  • Camille

    December 3, 2017–

    The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM has released a statement on the allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Music Director Emeritus James Levine:

    “We are horrified and sickened by the recently reported allegations of sexual abuse by Mr. Levine. The Metropolitan Opera has an obligation to all employees to provide a safe workplace free of sexual harassment and discrimination. Throughout history, artists have stood for our society’s values and priorities. As musicians of the MET Orchestra, Local 802 and members of labor unions, we have the power to bring about positive change. It is incumbent upon our community to decisively and immediately denounce actions of abuse, assault and sexual harassment.” — Tino Gagliardi, President, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802

  • Camille
  • Claus Guth’s space production of la Bohème seems to be getting a very bad-tempered reaction, judging by the mud-slinging going on over at ODB Opéra.

    • grimoaldo2

      “A storm of boos for La Bohème at the Paris Opera
      FT (paywall)
      https://www.forumopera.com/la-boheme-paris-bastille-trahison
      Trahison!
      “Si l’on a gardé l’aspect scénique pour la fin, c’est que celui-ci est doublement problématique et vient gâcher la représentation. ”
      https://twincitiesarts.com/2017/12/04/review-houston-boheme-in-space-has-a-problem-opera-de-paris/
      “visually absurd”.
      So seems the audience hate it, the critics hate it- what is the point? Are they actually trying to put on shows that everyone hates?

      • If everyone hated it they wouldn’t have so much to argue about on ODB Opéra.

        My friends who were there last night liked it and are going again so I’ll join them there on 29th.

    • Camille

      What is “ODB Opera”? Is it a parterre en français? Should I know about it?

      • Marcello
      • Parterre is surely peerless, but ODB Opéra is indeed an online forum where people insult each other on the subject of opera.

        • Camille

          Okay NPW. I get enuf right here. This is then the Forum Opera I’ve heard about?

          Never learned any insults in French ‘cept one or two, so I best mind my bizness here. Also, I have no idea what goes on à Paris so it really doesn’t add up for me. I am curious about some operas and some singers, though.

          Thanks Marcello, too, for the link.

          • Forum Opéra no longer actually has a discussion forum, though some years back it did.

            • grimoaldo2

              Very interesting discussion of Meyerbeer’s “Le Prophete” in the Py production in Berlin “http://www.odb-opera.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19595

            • Camille

              grimoaldo-i was just thinking of you as i just now stumbled onto this youtube channel and thought of you.

              https://m.youtube.com/results?q=meyerbeer%20smith&sm=1

              Bon appétit!

            • grimoaldo2

              Thank you for thinking of me Camille!

  • CCorwinNYC

    Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, on December 31, 2017, and January 3, 6, 9, 12, 23, and 27, 2018, replacing James Levine.

    • Degan

      I bet that was not the last cast change for Tosca this season. As Nebs cancelled Tosca at Munich citing football championship (does anyone believe it?) and will be replaced by Angie I am not sure who will sing the Tosca in spring.
      The same goes for Alvarez. Maybe Calleja as the possible replacement, also Angie’s new “favorite partner”…

  • Camille

    Very good for Monsieur Villaume!

    Just last night as I went up the staircase on the side of the Met, i noticed an announcement he was to lead the Juilliard Orchestra (whom I always love as those kids are just rarin’ to go) and thought I’d like to go but then saw the concert was happening the same time as my performance, so moot—there was a big photo of him and I stood a few seconds contemplating his visage to size him up and he seemed a very good sort of man to me. Sane and sensitive, if that makes any sense.

    He was very expressive with the Thaïs so I am imagining that the Tosca will not be too off his palette. Toi, toi, too!