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  • m. croche: So glad that you folks enjoyed yourselves. You can now count yourselves among the Beijing Opera aficionados who involuntarily... 12:21 AM
  • Camille: croche, I have to fall into bed right now but want to let you know than Zhang Huoding was simply splendid, the opera was most... 12:02 AM
  • antikitschychick: This is awesome; thanks for the heads up Liz :-). Also, meant to mention in my previous comment that J&O’s... 11:44 PM
  • Krunoslav: “Gheorghiu’s upcoming Australian concerts seem to include her first live performance of Sola Perduta Abbandonata —... 11:43 PM
  • Liz.S: Did anybody already mention that Enescu Festival is streaming live on their home page – festivalenescu.ro? This weekend, we... 10:33 PM
  • antikitschychick: thanks for the link Cieca; I listened to some excerpts and while we certainly get some lovely & virile singing from... 10:04 PM
  • antikitschychick: correction: she did take a break after the first aria and the orchestra played the intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.... 9:16 PM
  • m. croche: Heartwarming news: Meredith Monk, composer of the opera “Atlas” ;, dancer, choreographer, composer, and filmmaker,... 8:59 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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