Congratulations to Isabel Leonard (center), not only the winner of the 2013 Richard Tucker award, but also the subject of a recent blind item on parterre box! [Associated Press]
Which music foundation’s choice of an award winner this year is perhaps neither brave nor new, but certainly a world of difference from the tenors they usually give it to?
Who would be so benighted as to send a unprepared substitute into the lion’s den of the Met? Not this director, who’s been holding “silent and hidden” rehearsals with his favorite leading lady for the last three weeks—just in case there’s a “last minute” call to jump in.
Which new addition to the Met (a 2010 debut) has just had a return engagement for 2016-17 canceled?
Which singer has turned out to be such a headache that the artistic administration have decided they’d better fly over a replacement?
Which artist who’s no longer in denial about waning abilities is about to withdraw (or be withdrawn) from the next (and probably last) Met project?
Which opera company that apparently still exists has sent out a casting call for no fewer than 40 supernumeraries to appear naked in an work whose title, ironically, includes a part of the body that is generally not concealed anyway?
Which recent debut has the Met’s administrators intoxicating themselves with dreams of a return engagement for the budding star in the second cast of one of next season’s new productions?