Cher Public

  • RosinaLeckermaul: Supposedly there was a big gala farewell dinner for JL, friends and donors on the Fledermaus Act II set on the Met stage. 3:59 PM
  • La Cieca: Yes, no doubt that is why Gelb consented to a last-minute change of plans about Levine’s retirement and agreed to the... 3:25 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: I get the feeling that Gelb has been doing everything possible to not be very gracious in Levines departure 3:14 PM
  • sogalitno: also want to add that i think its downright mean that the met did not stream on sirius these last MET Concerts by Levine. If he... 2:56 PM
  • sogalitno: very touching. wish i had been there. … hope someone has put this down for posterity… somehow. 2:53 PM
  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Christine Goerke’s Facebook status 5/24: Yeah… Soooooo…. Just sang through bleeding chunks... 2:52 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for a great review as always, Christopher. I was taken back to memories of Goerke and Vinke singing Siegfried together in... 2:48 PM
  • kashania: What an elegantly written review, full of wonderful observations about the piece and the production. I loved this paragraph:... 2:36 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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