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  • Krunoslav: Ja, these tiresome provincials at the ends of the civilized Earth can scarcely expect Important... 2:12 AM
  • zinka: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=f_Iu SMPoHM4 What would life be without coloratura fan???? 1:48 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Two single performances isolated and that in the middle of the harsh winter in America and... 1:34 AM
  • vilbastarda: Yes, I was there, and felt the same: completely entrapped from the very first note. She is an... 12:46 AM
  • Camille: Oh dear, now I am really sorry I didn’t attend. 11:17 PM
  • Camille: Yes sir, WELL worth your time. It may require some diligence in digging up a libretto which is, I... 11:13 PM
  • Belfagor: Yes, she held us from the very first notes of the ‘Mort d’Ophelie 217;. Interesting... 11:11 PM
  • Camille: I was not there but a fairly famous parterrian correspondent had intention of attending, and may be... 11:05 PM
  • liloloperaluv: Terrific composit photo! One of your best. I’m learning photo compositing. Hadn’t... 10:58 PM
  • Belfagor: I’m sure I wasn’t the only parterre contributor present at Anna Caterina Antonacci... 10:56 PM

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 of €500,000 by claiming to live in Andorra.” [EL PAÍS]

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 »

mediator

Back from the dead?

AGMA and Local 802 have agreed to the Met’s proposal that Allison Beck, a representative of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, be appointed immediately to mediate negotiations, working with both sides to find a compromise agreement.

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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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breaking_met

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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koch_coote

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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