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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]

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. Now, if you’ll excuse La Cieca, she will slip into her power suit and head down to Area to celebrate. Read more »

birdie

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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red meat

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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Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

But not everyone is amused.

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