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  • pasavant: Lots of Klinghoffer tickets still available on the Met website despite the heavily discounted... 9:45 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I just picked up my tickets for the season at Theater an der Wien (spectacular... 9:44 PM
  • Uncle Kvetch: Mais il n’y a pas de quoi. I for one thought this was a most auspicious start to the new... 9:37 PM
  • aulus agerius: Washington Concert Opera has announced Nicole Cabel as Giulietta in Montecchi this weekend. I... 9:25 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Agreed. Very fine singing but totally dull production. Pretty much put me off ever seeing... 9:22 PM
  • sogalitno: i give up .. sirius has just shut down for the second time… its too late to start listening... 9:19 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: I love Rethberg’s early Aida recordings. Others may have more drama, but no one surpasses... 9:16 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Thanks for the on-scene reporting, Onkel K.! 9:03 PM
  • Uncle Kvetch: <Does anyone know if there was much of a fuss from the anti-“Klinghoffer” faction before the... 8:57 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: “The Death of Klinghoffer” runs at the Met from 20 October through 15... 8:53 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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