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  • Camille: I, too, have always wondered what ‘might have been’ had Mr Gentele not died so unexpectedly and so young. It was... 11:30 PM
  • Camille: Thanks für Brangänens Warnung, Jungfer!! Gotta love it! httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=RbgVBcQB XKw I’ll take your Jonas and... 11:24 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: While you were out watching “High Sierra,” you missed the Baden-Baden gala which featured... 10:54 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Bill, you are of course correct about “Jenufa̶ 1; being sung at the Met first in German, then in... 10:51 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – true, but I believe that Gentele and Kubelik had planned the new Jenufa (with Teresa Kubiak) and it was sung in... 10:36 PM
  • Camille: Saluti allo Maestro di Catania, PIPPO— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=Bt13iDJE 4nk The young, unspoiled and breathtaking voice.... 10:24 PM
  • Camille: “Schweig — Schweig . . .” VORHANG 9:51 PM
  • Camille: Thank you for your kind impulse and I do plan to re-visit it, and would hope this indication would help anyone else curious or... 9:48 PM

Moody’s blues

Last week, Moody’s Investor Services delivered yet another piece of yet another piece of bad news for the Metropolitan Opera.  They downgraded the Met’s debt offering one grade from “A3” to “Baa1.”  They justified the lowered rating by pointing to the estimated $22 million dollar operating deficit in the fiscal year ending in July 2014 and the Met’s decision to borrow more money using their Chagall murals as collateral.   Read more »

The voice of the pundit

Our Own Dawn Fatale (artist’s conception, above) will take to the airwaves of Bloomberg Radio this evening at 9:00 pm to discuss the Met’s current woes. You can listen on Sirius XM Channel 119. online, or on your iPhone or Android phone.

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It’s over

“New York City Opera, created 70 years ago as the ‘people’s opera,’ expects to file for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 2 and either liquidate in court or be sold to another institution, its lawyer said.” [Bloomberg]

fleming_pensive

Even smiling makes my face ache

You might even call it “fun.”

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It’s not where you start

The Metropolitan Opera expects to achieve a balanced budget in 2011, the first for the company since 2004. In other good news, contributions and grants were up about 21% between 2009 and 2010; program service revenue rose about 6% in the same period. Maestro James Levine took a 5% pay cut, sending his 2010 compensation tumbling to only $1.5 million. [Bloomberg]

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The trappings and the suits of NYCO

At a time when New York’s opera companies are supposed to be going into estivation (I mean, Peter Gelb is in Vietnam, for heaven’s sake!) there’s certainly no lack of breaking news about New York City Opera. Today’s heart-rending roundup, after the jump. 

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