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  • leftcoastlady: Chicagoing, life is short, be good to yourself, take the center box seat; just you and seven other people and a straight,... 6:46 PM
  • moritz: Camille, the article states: “Three North American critics abstained from voting on the basis they felt that had not seen... 6:38 PM
  • Camille: An even more surprising list, not a U.S. paper in the bunch, neither is MB on the list. Danke, moritz! 6:04 PM
  • chicagoing: Thanks to you and all who replied. There is a single center box seat available which I was considering only because I am... 6:00 PM
  • derschatzgabber: P.S. Chicagoing, I checked the website. Once you click on the seat map for section you are consdering, there is a little... 5:39 PM
  • chicagoing: I don’t necessarily want a bon bon served to me at the conclusion of a recital. I get that Joyce DiDonato is from... 5:33 PM
  • derschatzgabber: Hi Chicagoing, The basic rule of thumb in the War Memorial Opera House is that sound gets better higher up in the house.... 5:30 PM
  • moritz: Tim Ashley (The Guardian, Großbritannien), Lazaro Azar (La Reforma, Mexiko), Manuel Brug (Die Welt, Deutschland), Eleonore Büning... 5:29 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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