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  • Krunoslav: Also worth noting: that 1972-73 PIKOVAYA DAMA (“PIQUE DAME, predictably favored by Bing and Gutman, is the work’s... 9:28 PM
  • Krunoslav: In that revival Kabaivanska sang five shows, Teresa Kubiak one ( making a one-off Met debut before returning in the NP of... 9:03 PM
  • Bill: I believe I only saw Felicia Weathers a few times – a wonderful Butterfly in Vienna with di Stefano – then the same... 7:58 PM
  • JohninSeattle: “They have and will be better opera singers but never another Netrebko.” As Whoopie says in GHOSTS: Girl, you... 7:53 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Those are HIGHlarious! That made my day. Thanks for that. I must say, Holst’s THE PLANET *deserved* that cover. But... 7:49 PM
  • danpatter: I saw Nancy Shade’s last-minute professional debut in Louisville in 1967. She replaced an ailing Marisa Galvany in... 7:40 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I found them, including the Moffo spaghetti cover! Some of them are hysterically funny: https://www.goo... 6:39 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I somehow remember that spaghetti LP cover. I am really challenging what’s left of my memory here, but... 6:30 PM

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 »