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  • antikitschychick: hahaha ok. 5:23 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes the Met does have a certain set of criteria being that it’s a very large theater and I totally get what... 5:22 PM
  • Lohengrin: At Parsifal the “change̶ 1; of the taddered coat to the white shirt needed the anoiting with chrism and touching with... 5:09 PM
  • manou: Oui. 4:56 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: David,you hit the nail on the head. This reminds me of when Jonas Kauffman appeared shirtless in Act III of... 4:50 PM
  • Cicciabella: Anti, I was also thinking of the critics, not just the august parterriat. I wouldn’t want to deny any singer success at... 4:41 PM
  • antikitschychick: Sorry I meant to say: I’m not denying that what you say (about Pirozzi) *CAN happen. I blame my phone, once again. 4:28 PM
  • antikitschychick: ‘Hue’? ;-) :-P. 4:23 PM

The toothless tiger rules the restless jungle

La Cieca can only go on for so long parsing statements like “So for now Mr. Levine and the Met are watching and waiting to see how he responds to his new regimen. Mr. Levine said that he hopes he is not done yet as music director.” It’s up to you, cher public, to try to decide for yourself what, if anything, this bizarre story in the New York Times means.

Let the shortfall! When it crumbles we will stand tall, face it all together

A press release from the Met grippingly begins, “In a fiscal year that challenged the nation’s largest performing arts organization to find a more sustainable financial model for the future, the Metropolitan Opera incurred an estimated $22 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today.” Read more »

The seven percent solution

Anna NetrebkoYou figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times]

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Fun with graphs

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.

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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.

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War zone

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

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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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