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  • La Cieca: You must forgive Redbear: anything that looks like bad news for the hated United States of America... 10:21 AM
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Fun with graphs

UPDATE: The Met has responded to the presentation from Local 802 et. al.

PREVIOUSLY: La Cieca has come into possession of an interesting presentation, with fonts and everything, from Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, outlining their solution for the current financial crisis at the Metropolitan Opera. You may not be surprised to learn that their cost-saving stratagems include slashing the company’s budget for new productions, media and administrative costs, while increasing pay to the orchestra. Read more »

Séance on a partly cloudy afternoon

Your conduit to the spirit world, La Cieca, isn’t feeling quite as clairvoyante as usual today, cher public, so she’s going to ask your help in predicting what will happen in the course of the Met’s current labor negotiations. Read more »

War zone

Alan Gordon, embedded journalist, reports from inside the first AGMA/Met negotiation session.   Read more »

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Rumors addressed

Peter Gelb sent out an email to the “Public Bulletin Board” earlier today, noting that “inaccurate rumors [are] flying around” and attempting to clarify the Met’s position on upcoming union negotiations.

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The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

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Spring breakers

Alan Gordon has mass emailed AGAM again, and La Cieca’s got a copy of the missive.

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The Met: Can it be saved?

Short answer: yes. But let’s begin by dismissing the a blatant canard. One thing that the Metropolitan Opera does not need to do is to scale back the number of performances in a season.

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The Met: what’s really wrong?

The Met’s financial challenges are not meteorological, demographic, or cyclical; they are structural.

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Fog lifts over channel

“When you read, and credit, the more feverish musings of the internet chatterati, there is some kind of British invasion storming the bastions of American opera.”

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Transparency

Opera Teen (pictured, second from left) is not kidding us: he had an interview with Peter Gelb.

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