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  • tatiana: I was at the Met for yesterday’s matinee and it WAS dull — not only vocally but there... 7:56 AM
  • ipomoea: Odyssey Opera in Boston has just announced a “British Invasion” for its May-June... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well if you ask me you can put Merbeth, Dasch, Racette and Magee all in the same bag. They... 6:34 AM
  • Krunoslav: With Merbeth and Dasch plying their mediocre wares in this repertory, one scarcely meeds to look... 5:50 AM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Thank you – no wonder I could not find any performance information! 4:59 AM
  • Buster: Schwanewilms was an excellent Ariadne too, for Laufenberg. That was an awful production, by the way.... 4:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.gettyim ages.de/galleries/ events/543094813?p age=2 Photos von Salzburg besonders... 4:20 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well but you have to put up with Hillebrecht who was in the 60′s what Racette and... 4:16 AM
  • Buster: Ricarda Merbeth has a new website (about time), and facebook. From that we not only learn she will... 4:14 AM
  • Buster: The first Tatiana Troyanos Ariadne is back into print – always a hard one to find on CD. I... 4:07 AM

Money pit

munksignal_thumbThe good news is that the Met reduced its operating deficit for 2008-2009 to $1.3 million, down from $12.2 million a year earlier. The bad news is the company’s assets fell by $72.6 million (down to $422.7 million) primarily because of investment losses. In other news, the Met paid James Levine a bit more than Peter Gelb received for the fiscal year, slightly over $1.5 million. (La Cieca will now sit back and listen to the online explanations of how unfair this is, because Jimmy actually makes music whereas Gelb just sits in an office all day thinking about how much he hates opera.) [via Bloomberg]

United we…?

backstageWe’ve all had a rough time in the last few years; but cultural institutions have had it worse than they could have possibly imagined. With a business model that relies entirely on private donations to achieve fiscal viability, the challenge to make ends meet has never been greater.  Read more »

Summoning Nina Munk!

munk_signalThis story involves money, so it’s impossible for La Cieca to understand. Nina, darling, would you hasten to our aid? Read more »

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Who to whom

A charticle to interest Nina Munk and, perhaps, others of the cher public.

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No country for old opera queens

With all due respect to our charming new commenter Nina Munk, the difference between the Met and the Bavarian State Opera is not something that can be measured in dollars or euros.  It’s more about aesthetic sensibility.

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