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  • Pia Ngere-Liu: Archaeopteryx – her recording with Beecham is one of my favorites – high D by... 2:22 PM
  • Jim: Gelb has done more to promote opera in the American psyche than any of his predecessors… ;HD series... 2:02 PM
  • rysanekfreak: This list of productions makes for a great read. I had forgotten the bad ones and why they were... 1:57 PM
  • kashania: Peter will not discuss anything less than 10% cuts. Is this supposed to be shocking? He’s... 1:53 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Geo-blocked for me. 1:51 PM
  • NPW-Paris: And she sang it on points. 1:38 PM
  • imhere: Counter-offers have been made. Peter will not discuss anything less than 10% cuts. He can’t... 1:30 PM
  • imhere: It’s like Fox News for Opera fans. I wish some of the more moderate voices that have been... 1:24 PM
  • imhere: the DJIA flirts with 17,000 every day. The unemployment rate is down 30% since 2009, to around 6%. Oh... 1:20 PM
  • figaroindy: and again…Kashan ia enters with logic. As my post above shows, we can’t reduce... 1:03 PM

The battle is on

“The labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera took on a new urgency Wednesday, when the company’s general manager, Peter Gelb, sent its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers letters warning them to prepare for a lockout if no contract deal is reached by next week.” [New York Times]

Petered out

Daniel Wakin reports that “WQXR pulled a blog posting critical of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle last month after the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, personally complained to the radio station’s top executive…. The Met has a small sponsorship arrangement with WQXR, which for decades has broadcast live Met performances on Saturdays.”   Read more »

A Ring is Born

mumford_starTamara Mumford (Flosshilde in Das Rheingold) explains the concept of the Met’s new production of the Ring.   Read more »