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  • La Cieca: Yes, you are right – I was working from memory. Volpe replaced the tired, traditional Carmen... 2:01 AM
  • steveac10: Well, that and he quit borrowing shows for his star tenors’ vanity projects. The thing this... 1:50 AM
  • La Cieca: Nobody in the orchestra is grossing $145K. “The average full-time orchestra member earned... 1:43 AM
  • CwbyLA: @imhere, if the labor costs have always been 66% of the budget, pre-Gelb and during the Gelb regime,... 1:38 AM
  • Krunoslav: “Sly: Another borrowed show.” Yeah, and someone cut the Family Stone. Great nostalgic... 1:12 AM
  • Krunoslav: Maybe in 2001 Tomlinson was, like, distracted by the Second Flower Maiden’s really AWESOME... 12:44 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: “the tap on the shoulder” I haven’t heard that expression in years. Maybe... 12:33 AM
  • La Cieca: Other cost saving measures are not directly relevant to the current negotiations, which are... 11:53 PM
  • Satisfied: Rumored for awhile now….apparen tly she’ll perform Elsa first in Dresden with... 11:42 PM
  • Henry Holland: Here’s an example of why I think the house is too damn big. I went to a Parsifal at the... 11:40 PM

Ich sah das Kind

La Cieca hears that Dame Gwyneth Jones has added yet another “role” to hear already vast repertoire, that of grandmother. The diva’s granddaughter, Sophia Magdalena, was born several days ago. The “lively, red-haired” baby and her mother, Susannah Haberfeld, are both reported in excellent condition.

Lèse majesté

Dame Gwyneth Jones is fighting an attempt to oust her as president of the Wagner Society, a position she has held for 23 years. An exciting story, but the best bit is the comment: “Whew! that was close—you nearly managed to write an article on Wagner without mentioning Hitler!” [The Telegraph]

Happy Birthday Dame Gwyneth Jones

La Cieca is delighted to congratulate Dame Gwyneth Jones, born November 7, 1936, on her diam0nd birthday anniversary. At 75, Dame Gwyneth is still active, both as the President of the Wagner Society of Great Britain and as a performer, scheduled to return to the Vienna State Opera in the spring of 2012 as Herodias in Salome. Read more »

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Happy Birthday Dame Gwyneth Jones

The spectacular dramatic soprano was born 74 years ago today in Pontnewynydd, Wales. She is seen below in one of her less familiar (though no less effective) roles, Hanna in Die Lustige Witwe.

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