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  • spiderman: Bill – I know, I am from Vienna … still I wanted to express that for ticket sales it is definitely better to have... 5:32 PM
  • Camille: Oh. And if they wanted a Mimì-singing Norma, whyever did they not call Maria Agresta? She’s proven as a Norma, in Paris.... 5:31 PM
  • operainsider: Poplavskya will be back. Give her time. 5:30 PM
  • phoenix: You are very generous – on the other hand, I am more than skeptical about any performance. My motto: Skeptical = Sensible. 5:12 PM
  • PCally: I know that Norma is a role where the really isn’t one specific way to sing the music and I also understand that singers are... 5:03 PM
  • PCally: I hate to say this for I am also a fan but I’m pretty Popsy isn’t going to come back. I also saw her final run of... 4:56 PM
  • Camille: DCF–you bet and I am a little suspect about what all may be going on. He is suddenly getting more and more engagements with... 4:52 PM
  • Camille: Popsy did come to mind [Insert sad face]. Wondering if she will ever come back to the stage? That Tatyana I heard in December... 4:47 PM

There was a Hopper and his wife

New York City Opera will complete its season with “three major premieres” including the world premiere of Sunday Morning by David Hertzberg, the East Coast premiere of Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie’s Hopper’s Wife and the New York City professional premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Here’s the complete press release.   Read more »

What is this sister of yours, a deep-sea diver?

“The reorganized company’s first several seasons would present productions ‘already judged an artistic success and box-office favorite’ elsewhere, such as Bizet’s Carmen and Streetcar Named Desire.” [Wall Street Journal]

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 »

Varsity Drag

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.

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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.”

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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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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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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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Whimper

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

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