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  • blansac: What the HDs cannibalize in ticket sales they may make up in way of generating donations. I’m guessing that one of the... 12:38 PM
  • kashania: I know that it’s tricky to arrange with all the collective agreements (and “tricky̶ 1; is likely a gross... 12:26 PM
  • Krunoslav: Cosme’s bio pic will in fact be titled STRAPPING ALONG. 12:25 PM
  • Bluebeard: Ok, but let’s think about the prices of Met tickets, which have become unbelievably expensive since the 2012-2013 season... 12:22 PM
  • overstimmelated: I was at the Entführung with terrific Ben Bliss and it looked like a practically full house from where I was sitting. I... 12:21 PM
  • classicalbeat: Gualtier M: I do not often enter this arena, but it seems relevant and only slightly self-serving to say that I did see... 12:16 PM
  • La Cieca: Well, everyone says this, but if you take a look at Broadway grosses, the majority of shows run lower than 66%. The problem is... 11:44 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: Not offering HD screenings in the NYC area would only work if the Met offered more access to reasonably priced tickets,... 11:44 AM

Teaching moment

“After putting off for a week trying to make some sense of the horrific mess that is the Met’s new Faust, I’m finally just going to give up. There are some disasters that bear writing about as what you might call teaching opportunities: this season’s Don Giovanni, for example, as a cautionary tale about the perils of timid conservatism. But there’s nothing to be learned from this Faust besides, perhaps, ‘never hire Des McAnuff to direct another opera under any circumstances’.” [Musical America]

Comment n’être pas coquette?

Gone (from the Met’s Faust) but not forgotten diva Angela Gheorghiu claims that Jonas Kaufmann has expressed to her his dissatisfaction with Des McAnuff‘s direction—which reportedly included an injunction to the tenor to do as he was told and not to question anything. She adds that Kaufmann has assured her she was right to cancel when she did. Yes, in this interview with Naomi Lewin, the word “fiasco” gets thrown around a lot. [WQXR]

Interrrupted analogy

A press release just received from the Met ends with what feels like a SAT question that didn’t quite make it out of the gate. The background on the company’s impending HD of Faust includes the following tantalizing paragraph: “The traditional setting for Faust is 16th-century Germany, a time when alchemists and philosophers were familiar characters in real life. Des McAnuff’s new Met production places the action in the first half of the 20th century.” Read more »

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Frequent flier

Leave it to those Torontonians to blow the lid off an opera story happening in New York! (Goodness knows the local journalists don’t bother.)

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