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  • Jamie01: My favorite part is that they invited her to sing at Game 6, but she was scheduled to give a master... 7:47 AM
  • Cicciabella: Basso, have you ever attended a live DiDonato concert? And did she sing consistently off pitch?... 7:02 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She could still sing die alte Gräfin in Pique Dame. 6:35 AM
  • Krunoslav: https://www.flickr .com/photos/x-ray_ delta_one/52873476 84/lightbox/ Mitzi Gaynor is not just one... 6:28 AM
  • Porgy Amor: “Guleghina should retire. – Abigaille” 6:17 AM
  • MontyNostry: I think the mic exaggerates the vibrato (the amplification doesn’t seem to be too... 4:56 AM
  • MontyNostry: I bought Kasarova’s first operatic recital album back in 1995, since Alan Blyth had raved... 4:52 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well funny because two friends of mine who went ot the Arabella in Salzburg said they... 4:22 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Rudolf you have one word too much in your sentence. It should read: Guleghina should retire. 4:17 AM
  • Rudolf: I think it has been said … often … one best retires when the fans exclaim “So... 3:35 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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