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  • Howling in Tune: Jacqueline du Pré’s illness didn’t lead her to scream at other people. People would be... 5:55 AM
  • Howling in Tune: In the United States, at least, truth is an absolute defense against a libel charge. 5:47 AM
  • Cicciabella: Thanks, basso. Very interesting about Cluj: two opera houses funded by two different countries... 5:40 AM
  • Buster: She did, Regina, in 2001: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=eIoH ngLypJQ 5:27 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Marty has been sung by so many different sopranos that it’s hard to know what kind... 3:53 AM
  • antikitschychick: not just for *my own petty reason that should say. 12:48 AM
  • antikitschychick: I sure hope so, and not just for own petty reason but for the sake of the doctor that was... 12:47 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I’m sure it will be okay. 12:38 AM
  • antikitschychick: oh f**k. I didn’t know someone had tested positive in the NYC area…omg that... 12:14 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Unless there’s an ebola quarantine in NYC by then. 11:55 PM

Once upon a Thames

“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley’s Sweeney Todd…. John Cox’s Otello… and Michael Grandage’s hit staging of Madame Butterfly…. Iain Paterson’s first staged portrayal of Wotan…. Likewise Susan Bullock and Nicholas Phan—leading exponents of Wagner and Britten respectively—join Nathan Gunn in turning their talents to gallows humor with role debuts in Sweeney Todd…” [HGO]

Fog lifts over channel

Comprimarios begin at Calais“When you read, and credit, the more feverish musings of the internet chatterati, there is some kind of British invasion storming the bastions of American opera. Last month, when the Metropolitan Opera’s Peter Gelb announced the appointment of Robert Rattray, a consultant with the London-based classical-music agency Askonas Holt, as ‘assistant general manager for artistic affairs’, the American opera blogosphere went ballistic, with speculation rife that British Askonas Holt artists — the company represents prominent Americans, too — would be depriving local talent of work at the Met. Last weekend, in New York and Chicago, it was just about possible to believe the paranoia was justified.” [Times of London - paywalled]

Kate Royal, Toby Spence ink 10-year Met deal

Robert Rattray, who has long experience in artist management, has been appointed the Met’s next assistant general manager for artistic affairs, replacing Sarah Billinghurst, who will retire at the end of this season after two decades at the Met, the company announced Tuesday.” [New York Times]

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Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing.

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Not canard, more loon

“More telephone ring tones come from Bizet’s Carmen that any other opera.”

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Scrooge-Porpoise

The Life and Death of Colonel Canard

La Cieca can’t even

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Why Rupert Christiansen is the wrong commentator about gay rights protesters

The veteran British critic click-whored

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Queer canard

“That [Tchaikovsky] committed suicide cannot be doubted, but what precipitated this suicide has not been conclusively established…”

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Wack on Wacker

The announcement of the 2013-2014 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago is not good news at all.

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Update on great operatic scandals of the 20th century

Noted junk sculptor Dr. Jonathan Miller is now the subject of a biography and it appears he’s mellowed in his old age.

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