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  • mirywi: Stephanie Blythe also inexplicably ignored. 10:49 PM
  • DerLeiermann: Is english with the ocassional reference to italian/german/fre nch the only acceptable language on parterre? Is there some... 10:09 PM
  • LT: He didn’t complain. He asked what it meant. So, at least for once, quit bitchin’. 10:06 PM
  • DerLeiermann: (Both are correct!) 10:05 PM
  • Camille: Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire, — “beurrrkkk&# 8221;??? Parlez en français, s’il vous plaît!!!!!!! Les... 9:53 PM
  • Rudolf: @ schweigundtanze Well … that’s a surprising statement. :-) 9:49 PM
  • Camille: oh yes, I inherited that recording and it was my introduction to the work and remember a quote from the back of the album;,... 9:49 PM
  • Rudolf: @ Camille Not at all time challenged … after Lily Pons clad in historic sound I just had to unearth the wonderful... 9:20 PM

Good will hunting

The New York City Opera saga apparently wasn’t quite dramatic enough, so now there’s a new plot twist thrown into the mix. The company (when, as and if) is in line for a bequest from the estate of Baron Pierre DeMenasce, who shuffled off his mortal coil at what was for NYCO a very inconvenient time, smack in the middle of the great fundraising fiasco of fall 2013. Read more »

Hotter than hot! Newer than new!

Thanks to La Cieca’s extensive network of spies, she is able to present for your perusal, cher public, the proposal for the revival of the New York City Opera presented by the higher bidder for the company, Gene Kaufman of Opera New York. [The New New York City Opera]

The cycle of poverty

“The board of the bankrupt New York City Opera says it wants to sell its name and other assets to the bidder whose offer is lower than the competing bid.” [New York Times]

Devereux

Brooklyn Queen Express

Our own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin delves back into those days when there was another opera company in New York, and (what’s more) the opera done there was worth hearing.

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sills

La voce sua soave

At Camille‘s request, here’s some all-American Bellini from our dear Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: a live performance of I puritani from New York City Opera featuring Beverly Sills.

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tobey

Borne back ceaselessly into the past

So, cher public, have you heard about this fabulous new plan to revive the New York City Opera under the direction of Michael Capasso?

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auction

Less cowbell

An auction of the meager remains of the bankrupt New York City Opera’s property musical instruments, some bits of scenery and costumes is scheduled for December 12.

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thrift

Whimper

“Opera America, a service organization for opera companies, has expressed interest in purchasing City Opera’s thrift shop…”

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koch

Deranged bedfellows

When Mr. Steel asked Mr. Koch if he could make further gifts to save the company, Mr. Koch demurred, telling Mr. Steel that the Marshall family might be less than pleased.

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tumbleweed

It’s over

“New York City Opera, created 70 years ago as the ‘people’s opera,’ expects to file for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 2 and either liquidate in court or be sold to another institution, its lawyer said.”

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