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  • Camille: Oh Maestro QPF–thank you so very much! I could just kiss you if I could! Yes, it was primarily the Paris version in its... 11:02 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: The Wolfgang Wagner is not Wieland’s brother. Far from it. He is primarily a typographer with the middle... 10:43 PM
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Go hollanderize it for some other dame

Born on this day in 1880 journalist and author Damon Runyon.   Read more »

One is as one does

On this day in 1970 the musical Coco closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater after 333 performances.   Read more »

The Friday afternoon news dump in excelsis

Or should La Cieca say “in extremis?” From the Met press office, dated 5:30 PM Friday: “Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg’s Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner’s epic drama Tannhäuser. . . .” Read more »


Cavalier treatment

Roberto Aronica will sing Cavaradossi in the first five performances of Puccini’s Tosca at the Met this season—October 16, 21, 24 matinee, 29, and November 2—replacing Massimo Giordano, who is ill.”

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Storm warning

Forget the hurricane preparations for a few hours this afternoon and enjoy the live webcast of Les Contes d’Hoffmann from the Komische Oper Berlin, starting at 12:55 PM.

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Emmy Destinn

Mlle. Destinn in huff

“The Kaiser’s Royal Opera of Berlin, which has been a hotbed of jealous intrigue ever since the invasion of American singers began a few years ago, is agitated afresh.”

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Rex Reed

In Hollywood, if you don’t have happiness you send out for it

Happy 77th birthday critic and interviewer Rex Reed.

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A quell’amor ch’è palpito

Yes, obviously it’s La traviata, but where?

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Fine dell’opera

Gotham Chamber Opera is ceasing operations and will be closing.

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Prison break

Taylor Stayton will sing the role of Percy in this evening’s performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, replacing Stephen Costello, who is ill,” says the Met press office.

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