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  • MontyNostry: He’s meant to be doing a recital in London later this year. I wonder if he will turn up. 7:12 PM
  • MontyNostry: But it apparently got 10 Oscar nominations and even won one – for costumes, admittedly. 7:11 PM
  • RobNYNY: Anne of the 1K Days was also partially in blank verse, a surefire formula for success in Hollywood. 7:10 PM
  • MontyNostry: Gosh, and I had no idea that the writer of The Lion in Winter (James Goldman) also wrote the... 6:55 PM
  • MontyNostry: Well, I had no idea about that. I do, however, remember being bored in that movie back in 1972... 6:54 PM
  • MontyNostry: And who’s this Marchallin [sic]? 6:46 PM
  • Cicciabella: BBC’s following Mantel. In the books Anne Boleyn also has a French accent and calls... 6:29 PM
  • Camille: La Valkyriettaest! You must, MUST beg, borrow from NYPAL, or EVEN purloin this bellISSImo film! The... 6:18 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Edith Wharton, yes, the picture is from the movie, I saw it. Thank you beaucoup. Why is... 5:39 PM
  • littoraldrift: “I’m assuming she sang her role stationed in an outer hall of the recording studio or,... 5:32 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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