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  • ML: Wouldn’t know where to begin! About this case, platinum to gold is likely. Question is, what... 3:54 AM
  • La Cieca: Honestly, show me where my arguments have been black/white. In this case I think the concessions... 3:09 AM
  • ML: Pot calls kettle black. If this becomes a 12-month conflict, “Parterre Box presents La Cieca”... 2:39 AM
  • Lohengrin: Thank you Ciccibella, very interesting. Listen to: http://de.euronews .com/2014/07/10... 2:10 AM
  • Stefan: There have been many unpleasant things said by all parties – management, unions and on here... 1:42 AM
  • la vociaccia: It’s unfortunate just how aggressively major orchestras try to sell that angle of the War... 1:37 AM
  • La Cieca: Tell me more about your black-and-white, either-or, completely binary view of the world. 1:22 AM
  • mozartFreak: I’m just horrified at how many of you come here to voice your disdain and downright... 1:01 AM
  • mozartFreak: I’m just horrified at how many of you come here to voice your disdain and downright... 1:01 AM
  • Donna Anna: We saw the LOC Manon with Dessay and Kaufmann; both were wonderful. Dessay’s Manon was... 12:28 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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