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  • Milady DeWinter: You’re right on it, antikitcshy – there’s a lot of resentment and anger... 11:29 AM
  • aulus agerius: Lamentations abound, I’m sure! 11:28 AM
  • manou: Oops! Twitter: Metropolitan Opera ?@MetOpera 2m2 minutes ago For the performance of CARMEN on March... 11:02 AM
  • aulus agerius: Thanks Uman! That ending of Celesta Aida is quite spectacular! That and the baritonal... 10:56 AM
  • manou: Forget the high heels. 10:49 AM
  • manou: Grazie tanto. 10:44 AM
  • skoc211: Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Which begs another question:... 10:42 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Since Placido won’t go, and Leo is holding on, why should she retire? 10:27 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: “Don’t you get dismayed by the general level of bullshit in the public media night... 10:24 AM
  • ipomoea: +1 on hearing Kaufmann sing every note. I have attended: Tosca Parsifal (2) Werther (2) Walkure... 10:21 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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