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Cher Public

  • actfive: Bang on about pre-Gelb marketing. Back in the early 80′s, I worked for the Met Ticket Service.... 8:37 PM
  • Sempre liberal: I haven’t lived through a lockout before. If some performances are cancelled, do... 8:30 PM
  • steveac10: “Bing also had his own white elephant Ring cycle that took seven years to produce” I... 8:25 PM
  • steveac10: On what authority can you confirm the Met is “out of cash”? There is a couple of... 8:16 PM
  • philomel: My prediction is it will be a combination of these, with the lockout being certain. We are being... 8:06 PM
  • La Cieca: Your argument would make sense if you could point to a Met GM (since Bing) who actually did have an... 7:42 PM
  • laddie: Thank you, powers that be. I just bought a plane ticket to go and see Le Nozze. 7:40 PM
  • La Cieca: And it should be noted that Bing was criticized a LOT for using theater directors, for replacing... 7:36 PM
  • steveac10: The thing is those “antiquated& #8221; productions you love (as do I) are precisely the... 7:35 PM
  • armerjacquino: The Met made a profit in 2011 and broke even in 2012, both right at the heart of the... 7:33 PM

Eye openers

“New York’s Metropolitan Opera to Seek Pay Cutbacks From Unions: Proposal Is a First in Company’s 134-Year History” {Wall Street Journal]

“We are working very hard to secure a good replacement for Anna Netrebko in this important part, and as soon as we know who will be replacing her, we will of course be back in touch.” [Royal Opera House]

Kim Kardashian Reportedly Ditches Date at Vienna Opera Ball After Disturbing Blackface Incident” [Celebuzz]

“Say, what’s in this drink?”

UPDATE: Nice try, cher public, but it’s not Lisette Oropesa but Andriana Chuchman (pictured) who will sing the first performances of L’elisir d’amore, replacing Anna Netrebko ”who has withdrawn from the first two performances of the run because she is suffering from the flu.” Read more »

The beat goes on

Weltstardiva Anna Netrebko plays a basement in Greenwich Village next month when she headlines “Russian Exoticism: From Folk Music to Prince Igor,” a concert at Le Poisson Rouge. On Wednesday, January 15 at 8 p.m., Netrebko will join three stars of the Met’s new production of Prince Igor—bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, who sings the title role, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, and bass Stefan Kocán—for arias from the Borodin opera… plus “folk songs from the outer reaches of the Russian borders and beyond.”

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Single lady

Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have amicably ended their relationship after six years because of their “demanding schedules and the resulting constant time apart.”

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Rogo boy

Berliners anxious about casting of the Staatsoper’s new staging of Il trovatore since Aleksandrs Antonenko canceled can breathe a sigh of relief, since tenor Gaston Rivero (pictured) will jump in as Manrico.

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Long division

La Cieca hears that Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott are going their separate ways. Expect an official announcement within a day or so.

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X, Y and Anna

What better way for the world’s leading opera diva to celebrate Halloween than to dress up as “Slutty Zombie Circa 1972 Elizabeth Taylor?”

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But screw your courage to the sticking-place

La Cieca has it on very good authority that the 2014-2015 Met season will include a revival of Verdi’s Macbeth featuring Anna Netrebko.

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Tonight or Neva

Last night, the Met opened the 2013-14 season with a handsome, fairly conservative new production of Eugene Onegin by Deborah Warner that replaces the handsome, fairly conservative one by Robert Carsen. (The trend is clear.)

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There’s no business like snow business

Tonight at long last brings us to our first Met livechat of the season, cher public.

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