Cher Public

  • Donna Anna: Stephen Powell was a superb di Luna in Cincinnati (the cast included Jamie Barton making her debut as Azucena, Russell Thomas... 9:30 PM
  • LT: I don’t really *need* to, but thanks anyway. 9:12 PM
  • Donna Anna: Oh, c’mon Katisha! 8:49 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Yikes. You need to learn the basics about royalties! First, the recording artist gets paid a royalty for... 8:42 PM
  • LT: I don’t know about royalties. In pop music it’s usually the writers that get the royalties which is why singers always get... 6:15 PM
  • LT: Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if they got Dyka or some other walking mediocrity for Amelia. 6:12 PM
  • JohninSeattle: My right elbow has a fascination that few can resist. 5:49 PM
  • Big Finn: Most likely he has a royalty deal with Decca, and any repackaging and release of older recorded material would bring him... 5:19 PM

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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