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  • kashania: Happy birthday, WCO. Your diligent birthday posts are greatly appreciated. 11:53 AM
  • messa di voce: Thank you. 11:50 AM
  • Cicciabella: Many Happy Returns of The Day, WindyCityOperaman! What would parterre be without the daily... 11:48 AM
  • kashania: Figaro: You make the mistake of actually focussing on the bottom line. If anything has become... 11:40 AM
  • kashania: I don’t have the finances in front of me, but what I understand, Gelb’s initiatives... 11:31 AM
  • figaroindy: We all seem to miss the bottom line – currently, the value placed upon opera, as a whole,... 11:29 AM
  • olliedawg: Actually, turings,that statement was in reaction to one poster’s “diss” of... 11:28 AM
  • Jamie01: So management succeeds in putting the screws to labor (given the glut of singers and... 11:19 AM
  • kashania: What I’m reading is that just because the Met’s product is art, then somehow its... 11:16 AM
  • kashania: Does anyone actually believe that Gelb just woke up one day and decided that he needs to reduce... 11:03 AM

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]

Even smiling makes my face ache

Call it brio, joie de vivre, zest, élan vital, perhaps Lebenslust. You might even call it “fun.” But no matter what you call it, that’s not the mood Renée Fleming was in when she dropped in for lunch with Muse at Bloomberg.

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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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