Cher Public

  • Milady DeWinter: Milles mercis, Jungfrau – blissful anodyne to the brutal news and heat. Treptow can make you wince, but... 4:04 PM
  • PCally: Well Bill I have attended several performances of Parsifal in Vienna, including a performance around Easter, and there has always... 4:02 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Tout à fait ! 3:40 PM
  • Bill: Well, people stand up for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah a tradition for centuries. Also a phony custom ? I cannot... 3:31 PM
  • La Cieca: That may have been true 30 years ago, but I have never in my life attended a Parsifal at which there was no applause after the... 3:12 PM
  • chicagoing: James Levine appeared as scheduled to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravnia on Saturday night. Unfortunatley for that... 3:07 PM
  • umangialaio: Pankratova, a favourite of mine after her splendid Faerberin in Milan and Mucnich, just delivered a Belcanto-Kundry, comme il... 2:52 PM
  • Bill: Generally in my experience at Parsifals at the Met, in Vienna, in Budapest and in Germany there is not clapping after the first act.... 2:16 PM

And another thing!

After 11 years during which she has written, edited and/or presided over more than 20,000 stories, weekend TV shows and radio segments on the arts, architecture, books and music, science, travel, the Nazis and Hamlette the micropig, Manuela Hoelterhoff is retiring from Bloomberg News.   Read more »

Lobbyist

“Who makes these huge sandwiches? Godzilla? You need claws to unwrap the cellophane.” Manuela Hoelterhoff (not pictured) offers suggestions for improving amenities at the Met.

Graeae lady

Bloomberg’s Zinta Lundborg, best known for sharing a single eye and a single tooth with Manuela Hoelterhoff, overlooked the opera on Wednesday night and instead reviewed the PR for Dark Sisters. When a man writes like this, we call it “bitchy,” so when a woman does it, can’t we call her “dickish?”   Read more »

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Perfect casting

Though the headline seems to apply a whole series of epithets to a revered critic (“Stand-In Meets Sweet Snake, Shrieky Diva, Grumpy Dad: Manuela Hoelterhoff”), the actual review of the Met’s Siegfried on Bloomberg offers more than purely comic interest. While La Hoelterhoff is no better than usual as an opera reviewer, she does briefly at least return to a line of work she does better than just about anyone else: cultural criticism.

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Ugly head reared

The way I see it, there are bad ideas, like the revival of 1980s style for men or the U.S. defaulting on its debt ceiling. Then there are geniunely horrific delusions that should not even be mentioned in public, the kind of stuff you read in the comments section of breitbart.com. Today in Bloomberg’s coverage of the New York City Opera’s ongoing kerfuffle, the latter sort of insanity was repeated once more:  “We need someone with vision. Joseph Volpe is an exciting choice…” 

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Bloomberg onions

The multi-slashed Manuela Hoelterhoff (Bloomberg editrix/spouse to disgruntled New York City Opera intendant manquée Francesca Zambello/grouch emeritus) dipped her goose quill in venom this morning once again to take on her favorite subject, i.e., how NYCO has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since they didn’t hire her girlfriend to run the place. 

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