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Cher Public

  • WindyCityOperaman: Unlike “Harvey Girls”, she insisted on doing her own singing here:... 9:22 AM
  • aulus agerius: I don’t know what the plan is in Baltimore. For their non-star Nabucco in a few weeks... 9:21 AM
  • armerjacquino: Yep, a few people in the front row of KING LEAR have spent the interval dabbing off what I can... 9:16 AM
  • armerjacquino: *shrugs* You can snob it up all you like. Plenty of ‘thinking human beings’ have... 9:14 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1871 playwright John Millington Synge httpv://www.you... 9:11 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Also, I was in the rush line with the mom of a Met children’s chorus member. Which diva is... 9:03 AM
  • oedipe: That Carmelites menu is ridiculous But no doubt the singing will be superlative. 8:54 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: AJ,agree pretty much re the themed menus – but I do fondly recall Mrs Lovett’s... 8:51 AM
  • oedipe: Yea, well, the Met HD’s do show up for free too, a couple of days later… :) 8:50 AM
  • la vociaccia: Hmm. I thought Stratas, in the first two decades of her career, had a gorgeous voice. But... 8:44 AM

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 »

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. Read more »

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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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