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  • Stendhal: Sorry Ian – wish I could reply directly to you. Thanks for your response. So if we keep... 9:58 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: ianw2: you do not mention that Baumol’s theory is based on the quality-nonadjuste d... 9:56 PM
  • PokeyGascon: I was curious what exactly is the job description for a Bill Poster union member? I saw... 9:33 PM
  • ianw2: But isn’t that the whole point of the Baumol Effect- that standard market economics don’t... 9:16 PM
  • ianw2: I should probably add that even though the vast majority of ushers in Australia are on casual... 9:04 PM
  • m. croche: But I don’t see why they have to be unionised. Um, because they want to be unionized? 9:04 PM
  • kashania: I’m surprised to hear that the majority of ushers in the U.S. are volunteers. Volunteers are... 8:53 PM
  • Stendhal: “That’s exactly the point- there isn’t one.” Which is what I was hinting at. The... 8:53 PM
  • steveac10: And a part time job that is not a livelihood probably does not need a union. I was not being mean... 8:45 PM
  • philomel: Yes ianw2, I would think so. I have worked in Regional theaters were the ushers were volunteers,... 8:44 PM

Winged victory

“A wayward bouquet conked Kristine Opolais on her noggin during the ovation Friday night in La Rondine—but that was the only mishap in the Latvian soprano’s spectacular Met debut. Her coolly glamorous voice rose to the many challenges of the role of Magda, a Parisian courtesan who tries to live out a fantasy of finding true love in Puccini’s 1917 opera.” [New York Post]

I am missing the winter now

“One quick way to warm up: Watching tenor heartthrob Roberto Alagna, who’ll swing into town Sunday for a concert performance of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier with Opera Orchestra of New York. In this French Revolution epic, Alagna plays an idealistic poet who belts out a few hit arias before joining his beloved Maddalena (soprano Kristin Lewis) on the guillotine.” Our own JJ chooses hot tickets for cold months. [New York Post]

Working “Tito”

“After an uneven start to the season, the Met brought its A game Friday to a superb revival of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.” [New York Post]

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Window of opportunity

You may recall a couple of weeks ago La Cieca spoke to Giuseppe Filianoti about the “lost” aria from Cilea’s L’arlesiana he had reconstructed to include in a concert performance of the opera.

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Breaking dawn

When Giuseppe Filianoti isn’t busy being one of the world’s more versatile tenors, he plays detective.

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Telling tales

“In the Met’s Tales of Hoffmann, Giuseppe Filianoti plays a poet defeated by life. In reality, the 36-year-old singer’s brush with tragedy had a far happier ending.” The tenor talks to Our Own JJ in the New York Post.

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Private dancer

Hunkentenor Giuseppe Filianoti performs a little “risqué business” in this trailer for a new production of L’elisir d’amore that opened last night at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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