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The battle is on

“The labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera took on a new urgency Wednesday, when the company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, sent its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers letters warning them to prepare for a lockout if no contract deal is reached by next week.” [New York Times]

You’ll get no argument from me

Photo: T. Charles Erikson.Renee Fleming appears to be having as much fun as the audience with her send-up of a fragile opera diva.” [Troy Record]

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Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (not pictured) gets all giddy and girlish as she salutes the opening of the 103rd Bayreuth Festival this week. Read more »

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parterre for the course

No need to crowd, cher public: there’s plenty of room for everyone to discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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If it quacks like a Lebrecht

Peter Gelb says opera in the United States is having trouble finding an audience.”

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Happy Birthday Eleanor Steber

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of that superb American soprano Eleanor Steber.

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“Ya proklinayu tebya, moy rokovaya krasota!”

One of the late Mike Richter‘s most endearing traits was his fascination with rare or downright offbeat recordings, such as this complete 1963 performance of Verdi’s Don Carlos in Russian by artists of the Bolshoi.

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Delicate exotic fruit

“The description I read of this Boris, which I have not seen…”

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Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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All in the family

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin delves into the seedy personal lives of royalty (especially queens) with this performance of Semiramide from San Francisco.

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