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  • Lindoro Almaviva: not available in the USA, oh well 3:01 PM
  • Chanterelle: Oui, c’est ça. Why I asked about workarounds. 2:59 PM
  • messa di voce: Connais tu le pays ou cette video est disponible? 2:55 PM
  • bluecabochon: The house was papered again last night and there were empty pockets here and there despite... 2:53 PM
  • Billys Butt: I’m not saying it was. I made a statement about the acting of Scotto, Rysanek, Callas,... 2:53 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Also speaking in generalities, the epistemic problem with the need to “see” a... 2:50 PM
  • Cicciabella: Seconded. If you need to “see” a performer for their performance to be successful,... 2:38 PM
  • Buster: My pleasure Grim – this is how she looked for the second half, très Patsy: http://imagizer... 2:38 PM
  • Chanterelle: Ah, you mean with everyone who can READ. Thanks, La Cieca! 2:36 PM
  • kashania: Voigt might make sense because even if she is nice person as her public persona indicates, she was... 2:24 PM

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.

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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