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  • manou: She is a lovely lady and is apparently travelling quite a bit these days. I certainly hope she is well... 4:51 PM
  • redbear: Wonderful review. I was at the Cleopatra too. First price range, first row, first balcony, nowhere... 4:50 PM
  • antikitschychick: Agree, Satisfied. Blogging is a big commitment though, esp if you get to the point of... 4:43 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: Feld, I don’t know if you use Spotify, but Röschmann’s new CD “Portrait... 4:39 PM
  • manou: Was he up to scratch? 4:29 PM
  • antikitschychick: lol no worries, I made many mental notes :-P. If everything pans out I should be going next... 4:27 PM
  • Satisfied: Intermezzo was one of my favorite blogs. Sad to see it go. 4:01 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Yippie! Even though I love the Goddard finale too, they use the original Bizet music to... 3:39 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Great to know that Coloraturafan gets out of the house now and then! httpv://www.you... 3:31 PM
  • Feldmarschallin: Hopefully you will get the geography right this time :) Let me know when you plan to come.... 2:53 PM

Person to person

duelling_petersFinally, the background to the story that rocked the operatic world earlier this summer. Peter Stein withdrew from the Met’s Boris Godunov “because he felt offended by his treatment at the United States Consulate in Berlin when he applied for a work visa and by a lack of sympathy from Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, over confrontations with bureaucracy. ” [NYT]

Leave it to… Jane?

Jane_ArchibaldPer the Met’s press office, “Jane Archibald will make her Met debut as Ophélie in the Met’s new production of Thomas’s Hamlet, singing the role on April 5 and 9.”

Friday afternoon news dump, Rossini edition

john-osbornNo press release yet, but a couple of cher pubes have written to La Cieca noting that the name of Bruce Ford has disappeared from cast listings of the Met’s Armida, replaced by John Osborn.

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NYCO torpedoes staffers; “pretty girl” rescued

In what is becoming the New York City Opera’s only conduit of information to the public, a Friday afternoon news dump reveals that the company has laid off 11 members of its administrative staff.  The layoffs are “because of financial pressures and a lack of work caused by the cancellation of most of its season.” The startling bit here is that there was no official announcement made: NYCO’s spokesman, Pascal Nadon, finally admitted the development when directly questioned about it, according to Daniel J. Wakin.  Nadon added (oh, did I mention this?) that the company has dismissed its executive director, [...]

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