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  • tatiana: I was at the Met for yesterday’s matinee and it WAS dull — not only vocally but there... 7:56 AM
  • ipomoea: Odyssey Opera in Boston has just announced a “British Invasion” for its May-June... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well if you ask me you can put Merbeth, Dasch, Racette and Magee all in the same bag. They... 6:34 AM
  • Krunoslav: With Merbeth and Dasch plying their mediocre wares in this repertory, one scarcely meeds to look... 5:50 AM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Thank you – no wonder I could not find any performance information! 4:59 AM
  • Buster: Schwanewilms was an excellent Ariadne too, for Laufenberg. That was an awful production, by the way.... 4:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.gettyim ages.de/galleries/ events/543094813?p age=2 Photos von Salzburg besonders... 4:20 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well but you have to put up with Hillebrecht who was in the 60′s what Racette and... 4:16 AM
  • Buster: Ricarda Merbeth has a new website (about time), and facebook. From that we not only learn she will... 4:14 AM
  • Buster: The first Tatiana Troyanos Ariadne is back into print – always a hard one to find on CD. I... 4:07 AM

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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