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  • Cicciabella: I’m assuming that if they’re discussed on this blog, they’re too busy to read... 5:51 PM
  • La Cieca: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=qGt 4ofoctno 5:10 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Great minds think alike. And Cicciabella, how do you know singers don’t read... 5:09 PM
  • laddie: Don’t take everything so literally Huh? You sound like my grandmother. 5:01 PM
  • Cicciabella: It would only be awkward if singers read this blog, which they don’t. 4:32 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Usually when you say someone looks pregnant when they’re not, it means they... 4:25 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Not my fault they have the same name. I couldn’t let that pass :D 4:20 PM
  • laddie: OK, not sure why it’s “awkward. 221; She looks beautiful and sexy, no matter, not to... 4:01 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Guestoria, way to be not anti-Semitic. Kruno idk. I could call her up but holidays and all. 3:52 PM
  • willym: “Renee was great — a real sweetheart,” concedes a production source who hopes the show goes on... 3:40 PM

Snow business

Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times. And every year I end up going to multiple performances. I always find an excuse. “Oh there’s so-and-so singing and I haven’t heard him in anything but Madama Butterfly and that doesn’t even count because the tenor doesn’t sing at all after the first act …” But today after I won the lotto for yet another Bohème I wondered if I go simply because the opera (and production) is comfort food. At this point in my second career as an opera-queen-with-two-X-chromosomes, La Bohème doesn’t require very active, pins-and-needles listening. It’s like watching an old MGM musical.  Read more »

Disc drive

On this day in 1877 Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph. Read more »

Let the shortfall! When it crumbles we will stand tall, face it all together

A press release from the Met grippingly begins, “In a fiscal year that challenged the nation’s largest performing arts organization to find a more sustainable financial model for the future, the Metropolitan Opera incurred an estimated $22 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today.” Read more »

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Break the internet

The Met has just announced it is revising once again its rush ticket policy, doing away the “lottery” system in place earlier this season and instead going to a “first come, first served” online sale daily.

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Turco

To the vixen belongs the spa

A production as delectable as the current one (through Sunday) at the Juilliard Opera will make you wonder why Il Turco is not as well known as L’Italiana, Il Barbiere, La Cenerentola, even the odd and occasional Il Viaggio a Rheims.

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Canned laughter

On this day in 1347, Cola di Rienzo repelled an attack by Roman nobles led by the Orsini and Colonna families.

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Reine

Une étoile est Renée

She hopes to star on Broadway in a production of Living on Love, a farce she performed in this past summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.

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Mayflower

Now, Voyager

On this day in 1620 the Mayflower reached Cape Cod.

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William Tell

Flèche and fantasy

On this day in 1307, William Tell shot apple off his son’s head, assuming that actually happened.

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Colban Lady

Words to the heat of deeds to Colbran gives

A young friend messaged me to ask if I knew Rossini’s Macbeth.

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