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  • Milady DeWinter: That’s right Monty,I had forgotten – Measha was a very sick lady a while back,... 1:58 PM
  • MontyNostry: How was Jessica Nuccio? I saw her in a competition a few years ago and she sang very well,... 1:55 PM
  • MontyNostry: I wonder whether Measha’s loosened sound might have something to do with the fact that she... 1:50 PM
  • la vociaccia: She sang the second cast of Tatiana at the Met last season, which was after the Vepres debacle.... 1:33 PM
  • littoraldrift: Seconded. RF again in self-parody. Shame it’s so common for Christmas music to wind up... 1:31 PM
  • antikitschychick: Oh snaps! I definitely would love to catch this. She is def at the top of my list of... 1:28 PM
  • Ouf: OT: Peter Clark is leaving. 1:20 PM
  • Ouf: Rebeka was good July 9, wonderful July 13 – she actually stole the show that last night. 1:15 PM
  • mskapay: Poplavskaya has also been removed from the Staatsoper Berlin listing for the upcoming Faust,... 1:07 PM
  • Podlesmania: Is this for real? Looks very SNL to me. 12:55 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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