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  • Camille: Thanks for the mention of the Cinq-Mars as I’ve long been curious about it. If any of the rest of the score is as pretty... 12:40 PM
  • Camille: Oh lordy–Chris Merritt strikes again! You know, I heard him almost exactly ten years previously, in May 1997, give one of... 12:35 PM
  • Camille: I cannot thank you enough for mention of the theatre at Compiègne as it was their production, I now see, which I used to... 12:29 PM
  • Cicciabella: So sorry I missed this. But, seek and ye shall find… 12:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: Honestly she shouldn’t have to explain herself; she cancelled and its her business. But it’s not really viable... 11:13 AM
  • chicagoing: Statement from Deborah Voigt about upcoming schedule (from her web site); Recent announcements from Florida Grand Opera and... 10:27 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Their latest issue is Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, with Mathias Vidal, Tassis Christoyannis, Véronique Gens, etc., and the Münchner... 6:44 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And later the Opéra Comique joined in, and the Palazzetto Bru Zane with some very interesting recordings. 5:39 AM

Well, you see, grandma was playing up on the roof…

James Levine, the longtime Metropolitan Opera music director whose health struggles recently brought him to the verge of retirement from that position, has canceled a series of concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra next week.” [New York Times]

The Friday afternoon news dump in excelsis

Or should La Cieca say “in extremis?” From the Met press office, dated 5:30 PM Friday: “Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg’s Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner’s epic drama Tannhäuser. . . .” Read more »

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]

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Leave it to… Jane?

Per 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.”

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Friday afternoon news dump, Rossini edition

No 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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