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  • operaassport: Ivy hits the nail on the head once again with a perfect review that encapsulates the... 7:15 AM
  • Rowna: What a great review, Poison Ivy. You filled in all the blanks for me. I listened to it over the... 6:59 AM
  • armerjacquino: I’d be careful of chucking words like ‘fact’ around after any review… 6:58 AM
  • mercadante: Which is no problem if you’re actually DOING something in front of those sets. Ivy is... 6:54 AM
  • oedipe: Reminds me of the Met attempt on Il pirata back in 2002, which for no good reason at all was updated... 6:07 AM
  • Indiana Loiterer III: It’s all pastel-colored painted backdrops, a quaintly picturesque castle, and costumes... 5:46 AM
  • e-Straniera: The director of I Puritani from Essen is… Stefan Herheim. 5:46 AM
  • Cicciabella: Here’s Opolais singing Mozart. Granted, not the easiest aria to pull off, but when is... 3:44 AM
  • ilpenedelmiocor: In other news, related to jrance’s comment above, there is something of an... 3:12 AM
  • Poison Ivy: On the opera stage. He spent most of his career as a concert singer. 2:05 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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