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  • steveac10: This whole exchange raises the conflicted feelings I have on these issues. On the one hand we have to be sensitive to peoples... 11:17 PM
  • RudigerVT: You can be warm and friendly toward employees. But they aren’t your friends. Friends don’t pay to spend time with... 9:22 PM
  • m. croche: To be clear, I agree that “just makeup” is not an argument, but merely hand-waving away the issues. Always a good... 8:50 PM
  • Donna Anna: JIS: My favorite part of the opera, too, and one of my favorites–tu tti gabbati with the house lights up. And JL is in... 8:45 PM
  • armerjacquino: the idea that blackface is “just makeup” To be clear: blackface isn’t in any way ‘just makeup’. It has a... 8:29 PM
  • m. croche: Absent a guarantee of anonymity, I would not presume to guess what a young opera singer of color felt free to say or not say in... 8:23 PM
  • armerjacquino: Who’s saying his decision has been made ‘primarily in the face of ‘political correctness’ ?’... 8:17 PM
  • jackoh: “just as I don’t see why Sher saying ‘blackface is problematic so I won’t use it in my production’ is censorship” I don’t... 8:11 PM

“Your commissions are at risk!”

AGMA’s Alan Gordon cries “Havoc!” and lets slip the dogs of war, and by “dogs” La Cieca means “artist managers.” It’s another email, leaked after the jump. Read more »

Drive on

The battle of the management-labor emails continues with Alan Gordon demanding Peter Gelb fire his driver. Read more »

Sledgehammer

Alan Gordon replies to a letter from Peter Gelb we haven’t seen yet. La Cieca has to wonder if the Wendy White thing is really going to turn out to be an effective negotiating tactic. Read more »

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War zone

Alan Gordon, embedded journalist, reports from inside the first AGMA/Met negotiation session.

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Spring breakers

Alan Gordon has mass emailed AGAM again, and La Cieca’s got a copy of the missive.

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Your move, Alan Gordon

“Union members have occupied Paris’ Opera Garnier in a protest over proposed changes to labor rules for theater workers.”

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All fall down

parterre box has obtained a memo sent to artists’ managers in which AGMA Executive Director Alan Gordon warns singers contracted to sing at the Met in the 2014-2105 season that due to unpromising developments in upcoming labor negotiations the company may be dark for part or all of the season.

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Labor days

AGMA’s Alan Gordon warns his membership of a possible lockout by the Met if contract negotiations break down this summer.

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Must… reach… endowment…

The Man of Steel is in danger again, this time from a new gang of supervillains: Lila and DeWitt Wallace. [NYT]

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War talk

Although La Cieca (center) has never played Fort Sumter, she thinks she can recognize the sound of a shot being fired. A forwarded email, after the jump.

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