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Fixture

chandelierFred Plotkin, who wrote Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera and writes about opera for the classical music radio station WQXR, said. . . . ‘[W]hen you’re really quiet, you can hear the tinkling when they stop. That sound, to me, is the sound of the Met’.” [New York Times]

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

FFJAn 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.

The present future

YouthWell, 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.  Read more »

Heroin

Command-W

“In opera, voice is everything.”

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Perfect Strangers

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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Colonel Gelb

The double negative has led to proof positive

La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.

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Kremlin

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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Smokin

80, girls, 80

The Met’s pilot program of octogenarian outreach looks to be a smashing success.

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Top

You’re the pants on a Roxy usher

Count on the New York Times to include in a photo caption all the information you really wanted to know.

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White Chicks

Beige like me

Leave it to the New York Times to present a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred debate on the explosive subject of race, with Anthony Tommasini and Ben Brantley boldly in agreement throughout.

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