Cher Public

  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Who was the child(?) in white who came in at the very end and signaled Chrysothemis to stay where she is? 1:10 PM
  • 98rsd: I was there last night. Bliss was wonderful. Ich baue ganz, usually a trial, was effortless and sweet. I started out liking the... 1:07 PM
  • PCally: I was there, having been told to go when Bliss was singing, and I wholeheartedly agree. He was just smashing and his phrasing and... 12:53 PM
  • phoenix: bronzino, I agree with much of what you say. But sometimes even when a singer makes a vocal mess of their role, for some... 12:50 PM
  • La Cieca: Use of the royal we (especially in the context of pontificating about “standards&# 8221;) is a short path to moderation.... 12:15 PM
  • phoenix: and what suggestions can I make for those of us who don’t care for nor have the time for gross establishment social media... 12:13 PM
  • Krunoslav: Don’t know if anyone else went to ENTFUEHRUNG last night, but I did and Ben Bliss, a scheduled step-in, sang a lovely... 12:07 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Salgo già del trono aurato httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=rMbh oCPIeQI 12:07 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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