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Mimecraft

“Joined by his Budapest Festival Orchestra and a cast led by Christopher Maltman, [Iván Fischer’s] approach might be described as an application of the Hippocratic oath to opera; that is, he first does no harm.” Our Own JJ (not pictured) muses on the difficulty of staging Mozart’s greatest opera in his latest piece for the New York Times. (Photo by Richard Termine.)

The new journalism

La Cieca wishes to extend her heartiest congratulations to that journalistic power couple the da Fonseca-Wollheim-Stephenses, both of whom are currently being paid by the New York Times, one to complain about paint odors in improvised opera venues and the other to deny climate change.

There is nothing you can take to relieve this pleasant ache

“There is a water sprite (called a merman by the Juilliard), a witch and other flora and fauna of Czech folklore.” [New York Times]

Fixture

“When you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop.”

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People may say I can’t write, but no one can ever say I didn’t write

An aging eccentric—who has for decades occupied a dubious place on the fringes of New York’s musical life—today saw a lifelong dream fulfilled.

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The present future

Well, when the New York Times goes into a tizzy, you know times are hard, cher public, but your doyenne is ready to ride to the rescue, hakeo don’t panic. 

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Command-W

“In opera, voice is everything.”

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Not nobody, not nohow!

“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.”

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The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.

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The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

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