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  • danpatter: I guess I’m a hopeless romantic/sentiment alist. The ARABELLA finale never fails to get to me. I like this opera even... 11:22 AM
  • redbear: It was absolutely clear to me that Castorf was deliberately making fun of and emphasizing the banality of the story and I cannot... 10:09 AM
  • Camille: PCally–I have no time to chat this morning but I must tell you– Just go to that link which sogalitno has provided... 9:32 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: More Romberg: httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=70D H050eqUQ httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=J2T alBHXaig... 8:44 AM
  • PCally: Camille that’s the most I’ve heard you rave in a while. She really must be something and I’m very sorry that I... 8:14 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Afternoon Milady, think I’m inclined to agree with you on Barton. I heard her live for the first time recently and... 8:02 AM
  • Cicciabella: Nie wieder Castorf! http://www.welt.de /kultur/buehne-kon zert/article157339 652/Nie-wieder-Cas torf.html 4:08 AM
  • Camille: No, you are NOT making it up, just like Anna Russell! 11:24 PM

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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