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  • steveac10: The cold hard truth, particularly for the chorus, is that there is a massive oversupply of singers... 9:38 PM
  • Don_Dano: I think it is more complicated than that. I think my paycheck is in the same zip code as the MET... 9:37 PM
  • operaobserver: I understand the argument that the excelence of the orchestra has increased in proportion to... 9:33 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: In the same vein, so as not to appear sexist: Q. When a soprano steps off the stage,... 9:31 PM
  • operaobserver: I am curious in that the only red meat has been Gelb’s proposed cuts, and the Unions... 9:25 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Ha! I had completely forgotten that one. Had to look it up. Copied and pasted from another... 9:24 PM
  • johns33: Yes many things which have been posted here are a shame. The moribundity of some comments... 9:23 PM
  • Stendhal: On a lighter note, the Maureen Dowd editorial was about as useful as her incredible experimentation... 9:21 PM
  • operaobserver: Your free to find a more generous employer. The audience is free to walk away from the price... 9:18 PM
  • rofrano: You. can’t. actually. be. serious. ? 9:01 PM

Aftermath

“Aus den Trümmern der zusammengestürzten Halle sehen die Männer und Frauen in höchster Ergriffenheit dem wachsenden Feuerschein am Himmel zu. Als dieser endlich in lichtester Helligkeit leuchtet, erblickt man darin den Saal Walhalls, in welchem die Götter und Helden, ganz nach der Schilderung Waltrautes im ersten Aufzuge, versammelt sitzen. Helle Flammen scheinen in dem Saal der Götter aufzuschlagen. Als die Götter von den Flammen gänzlich verhüllt sind, fällt der Vorhang.”   Read more »

Der Götter Ende dämmert nun auf

This is the end.

James Levine has just canceled all engagements between now and October, except for the two remaining peformances of Die Walküre at the Met May 9 and 14.  Fabio Luisi will take over the Carnegie Hall concert with Natalie Dessay on May 16 and Levine’s duties on the Japan tour, conducting Don Carlo and La Bohème.

The statement from the Met, which follows the jump, optimistically predicts that after “taking the summer off to rest and recuperate from his ongoing back condition,” the maestro will return to the podium for the new production of Don Giovanni opening October 13. Read more »