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  • steveac10: And yet the Met seems to think the best way to use him is as Marcello in Boheme. Hopefully last years Germonts opened a few... 8:31 PM
  • operablogger: …and speaking of opera in the hinterlands (although Santa Fe is less “hinter̶ 1; than many other venues),... 7:52 PM
  • phoenix: Harteros was great, Ciccia – I didn’t care for her in Italian opera, but tonight she was great. Her voice... 7:38 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Kind of off topic, but Fidelio popped into my mind yesterday and it’s lack of appearance at the Met recently.... 7:16 PM
  • laddie: Quinn Kelsey conquers Santa Fe in Rigoletto: http://tinyurl.com /o9nhnmb Definitely some of the best singing ever heard in Santa... 7:03 PM
  • antikitschychick: Great news; looking forward to Saturday’s broadcast :-). I suspected it would be a great role for her after I saw... 6:31 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: This is the same production which originated at Theater an der Wien in September 2011 – the audio is... 5:34 PM
  • armerjacquino: Alas, the Covent Garden online archive doesn’t even pretend to be complete. It’s a bit of a bodge job for so... 5:06 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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