Cher Public

  • Chanterelle: Oops, you’re right. I saw them both this spring and wouldn’t you know, they blurred right together–tho ugh... 5:42 PM
  • Camille: Oh thanks a lot for the assurance, Chanterelle, I appreciate it. Imagine that a small, warm and resonant hall will expand all... 5:05 PM
  • Buster: The Amsterdam ones are in concert, with the RCO. Plenty of tickets left. I have one just in case the Elsa cancels, and Haveman... 4:50 PM
  • Chanterelle: Don’t think you’ll have hearing problems anywhere. It’s a relatively small hall, with lots of wood, and a... 4:40 PM
  • kashania: In light of the recent passing of director, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, this thread would be the perfect place to embed a YouTube video... 4:28 PM
  • Chanterelle: Ah, the Mahler 8. I’m betting Nelsons hired him on the strength of Lohengrin, which they’ve done together at... 4:22 PM
  • Camille: Regarding NEC Jordan Hall — can anyone advise me as to the seating — that is to say-if you buy a less expensive seat... 4:22 PM
  • Camille: Yes, well, I certainly agree in principle but since I have heard him live, no only in-house but in a SHED (Tanglewood) and still... 3:57 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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