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  • operaassport: Ivy hits the nail on the head once again with a perfect review that encapsulates the... 7:15 AM
  • Rowna: What a great review, Poison Ivy. You filled in all the blanks for me. I listened to it over the... 6:59 AM
  • armerjacquino: I’d be careful of chucking words like ‘fact’ around after any review… 6:58 AM
  • mercadante: Which is no problem if you’re actually DOING something in front of those sets. Ivy is... 6:54 AM
  • oedipe: Reminds me of the Met attempt on Il pirata back in 2002, which for no good reason at all was updated... 6:07 AM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: It’s all pastel-colored painted backdrops, a quaintly picturesque castle, and costumes... 5:46 AM
  • e-Straniera: The director of I Puritani from Essen is… Stefan Herheim. 5:46 AM
  • Cicciabella: Here’s Opolais singing Mozart. Granted, not the easiest aria to pull off, but when is... 3:44 AM
  • ilpenedelmiocor: In other news, related to jrance’s comment above, there is something of an... 3:12 AM
  • Poison Ivy: On the opera stage. He spent most of his career as a concert singer. 2:05 AM

Where your hard-earned donations to NYCO go, part who knows I’ve lost track

mortier_baker“The New York City Opera, which just reported a $19.9 million deficit in 2008-09, paid Gerard Mortier $400,000 for his stint as part-time general-manager in-waiting.” [Bloomberg News]

Gettin’ Ligeti Wit It

macabreWhen invited to participate in a discourse on artistic standards (hello, internet!), it’s easy — pleasurable, even — for an aesthete to bray about “the fall.” Where are the true heldentenors? Your kingdom for a Callas! (Or a Stratas, or a Rysanek!) And might the public, at long last, deserve a stable of directors who possess the good sense to avoid both the trope-y familiar as well as the ill-advised pathways of, ugh, the modern? Read more »