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  • antikitschychick: Monty: http://images.soda head.com/polls/004 367075/1350461932_ soap_funny_xlarge. jpeg ;-)... 9:34 PM
  • antikitschychick: haha muchas gracias Camille que disfrutes estos dias de festejo; te deseo mucha salud y... 9:31 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: The video of the Audi Rigoletto debacle from last night in Vienna is watchable and... 9:15 PM
  • Camille: Feliz Navidad, Chicaquerida! Tantos exitos y prosperidad en el año nuevo!! !Cuba libre!... 9:15 PM
  • Camille: Lotte Lehmann vs. Marilyn Horne Or is it the other way around? 8:57 PM
  • Camille: Well, zinka would know more, but I do recall a discussion regarding Lois sometime in the past year,... 8:54 PM
  • Camille: Bis! 8:47 PM
  • Camille: It’s really hard to believe Raimondi is even capable of crawling into the stage at this point!... 8:46 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘ I like the singing too (ducks).’ If you like singing ducks, no wonder you enjoy... 8:41 PM
  • Camille: Didn’t you ask this before? I was going to answer ‘I think she was’ , but was not... 8:38 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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