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Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: there are certain reliable singers who show up on time …and some of those singers get... 5:56 AM
  • redbear: Peter Sellars: “This is a period of mass intimidation, one where it’s no accident that... 5:48 AM
  • Cicciabella: Pierre Audi has promised that Prince Igor, a co-production with the Met, will soon come to... 4:25 AM
  • Sanford: Well, I have started a business. It’s called So Noted Music and I’ll be selling mp3 and... 3:49 AM
  • Krunoslav: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=bWK4 zsTacTU https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=y2DK I2iQMfI 1:08 AM
  • Krunoslav: “check out who this Mafalda Favero gurl was” httpsv://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=... 1:07 AM
  • La Cieca: Well, no, I assume Favero would have had at least some further Met career. But factually speaking,... 1:01 AM
  • Andie Musique: Madame Butterfly, New York City Opera, March 2010! 12:43 AM
  • m. croche: My memory could be off, but I’m pretty sure the comments about the Prince Igor poppies were... 12:32 AM
  • antikitschychick: stunning duet: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=cAEN NQPorRc :-P 12:10 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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