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  • Porgy Amor: An infamous production. Whenever the anti-Gelbites get nostalgic for the Volpe years, when, in a rosy revisionist view, all... 7:59 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: What about the final scene with him and Zajick on the crazy merry-go-round thing? That night is burned in my brain! How... 7:58 PM
  • PCally: Big big fan, particularly as Hoffmann. He could be a bit much at times and I never found the sound the most intrinsically... 7:39 PM
  • Krunoslav: Well, thanks. I rather liked “IPHIGENIA IN TAURUS”, which sounds like a former Alden AD’s elevator pitch. 7:11 PM
  • armerjacquino: Heh! You are KILLING it this week, sir. 7:01 PM
  • Krunoslav: It took me four days to hitchhike from Fermanagh. 6:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’d agree with everything you say, with a slight caveat about ‘sounding more or less like herself’. The... 6:47 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: I suppose finding Shicoff’s behavior “so repulsive” that it impedes enjoyment of his art is a personal... 6:28 PM

“Das Ende! Das Ende!

Levine Retires“Maestro James Levine, the Met’s Music Director since 1976, announced that after 40 years in the position, he will retire at the end of the current season, for health reasons,” says the Met press office.  Read more »

Uomo non vidi mai

From the Met: “Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness. Star tenor Roberto Alagna—currently at the Met giving an acclaimed performance of Canio in Pagliacci—will sing his first-ever performances of des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, replacing Kaufmann. To allow time for him learn the staging before the February 12 new production premiere, Alagna must withdraw from his remaining performances as Canio as he undertakes this new challenge.”

Vanishing act

BREAKING: Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, has announced he will quit this post in March 2017. Read more »

Pretty frocks

Breaking: horses not to be frightened

“Our patrons are also our investors, and because many of our core subscribers are also our most generous philanthropists, we need to make sure that our programming jives with their expectations, what they’d like to see onstage.”

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Nadine Sierra

Here’s Lucy

The breaking news from San Francisco Opera is that Nadine Sierra will sing the title role of in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, replacing Diana Damrau, who will not.

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John Berry

“My work is done”

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera, has announced he intends to step down from his role after 20 years with the Company.

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“Nun halt’ ich, was mich erhebt, der Mächtigen mächtigsten Herrn!”

In an unprecedented move, the Bayreuth Festival has named conductor Christian Thielemann official “Music Director.”

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I Want to Live!

Orange is the new spinto

Opera star Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the public prosecutor to receive a six-month prison sentence and a €240,000 fine for defrauding the Spanish tax office.

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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.

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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.

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