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  • Krunoslav: Fabulous. Even though I was but a wee babe, how blessed I am to have lived when such art was... 11:27 AM
  • Bill: Both Westbroek and Racette had pretty wobbly voices on the WQXR broadcast – no pleasure to the... 11:23 AM
  • operajunky: I hope Eva Maria Westbroek sounds better in the house than she does on radio…on both the... 11:23 AM
  • steveac10: Since McVicar will likely be at the Met for the bulk of next season, one hopes he will be given... 11:21 AM
  • PCally: Racette was very pleasant surprise. She sounded better than she has in a long while and I thought... 11:16 AM
  • Buster: Will do. She gets another positive review here: http://tinyurl.com /nfrjxpy 11:15 AM
  • coloraturafan: She is having her debut in Il Trovatore this summer in Cincinnati. Looking forward to hearing... 11:13 AM
  • Amnerees: “Ultimate Diva Jessye Norman” IS a situation comedy. 11:01 AM
  • Our Own JJ: Well, I was thinking this, but I get where you’re coming from. httpv://www.you... 10:53 AM
  • Thingsaregettingbetterdownhere: Judging solely by her Fricka in Walkure on Saturday in Houston, this is... 10:45 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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