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  • ML: Feld, what time are you going tonight? 2:06 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Harteros and Röschmann and also I believe della Casa and Seefried, both pairs in Figaro. 1:56 PM
  • Krunoslav: I have had two bad expereineces with this admittedly beautoful greek soprano, both in Mozart-... 1:36 PM
  • kashania: I see what you mean about the first track. I didn’t hate it but things def improved after it. 1:28 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Mimi) has sung at La Scala. I’m more familiar with Myrto... 1:16 PM
  • tiger1: I did not like the first track at all. I was wondering what people meant when they criticised Mr... 1:14 PM
  • Krunoslav: Moffo did Susanna at Lyric Opera of Chicago in November 1957 under Solti with Berry, Steber,... 12:50 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Seems like they have eliminated their annoying loggin procedure of the past. 12:47 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Actually there’s more energy in that gar than in the MET opening night’s... 12:44 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: URGENT for WENARTO: You could be called to Vienna!! I hope you enter the contest... 12:43 PM

Leaner in

The Metropolitan Opera just announced that 22 positions from its administrative staff of 254 have been eliminated as part of a company-wide program of cost cutting. These staff reductions will reduce the Met’s administrative costs in line with its recent agreements with unions representing Met employees, which called for equivalent across-the-board cuts to both union and non-union payroll expenses. Job responsibilities of the employees whose positions have been eliminated will be redistributed among the remaining administrative staff. Read more »

Overtime

UPDATE: The Met has reached tentative agreements with AGMA and Local 802. The contract deadline has been extended through midnight on Tuesday, August 19, to allow Local One and the other remaining unions with unsettled contracts more time to secure new deals with the institution. Read more »

Back from the dead?

BREAKING: The Met has extended its “lockout” deadline for an additional 72 hours at the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who is leading talks between the company and two of its largest unions, AGMA and Local 802.  The Met has already reached contract agreements with Local 32BJ, which represents ushers, ticket takers, cleaning staff, porters, security guards, and office service workers; Local 210, which represents the call center; and Local 30, which represents building engineers.

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anna_engaged

Anna engaged? No.

According to the Facebook page of tenor Yusif Eyvazov (Des Grieux to Anna Netrebko‘s Manon in the Rome Opera Manon Lescaut), the two are “engaged.”

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It’s today!

La Cieca’s spy informs her that the Met will announce its 2014-2015 “Wednesday evening.” Watch parterre.com starting at 4:00 pm tomorrow for up-to-the-minute coverage.

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penda_vepres

Courage… du courage!

La Cieca hears that soprano Alex Penda is en route to London on a rescue mission, for which her friends (young or otherwise) are doubtless giving thanks.

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poplavksya

A song at twilight

Yes, you’ve heard it already, but you might as well have an official place to talk about it: Marina Poplavskaya goes on tonight in Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House.

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emma_thompson

Something happened up there, something not very nice

Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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A multiplicity of mezzos

Wonder no more! Says the Met press office, “Elina Garanca has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter.”

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After the fall

Wendy White is suing the for a 2011 accident on stage during a performance of Faust.

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