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The Metropolitan Opera fired James Levine this evening, citing evidence that he had “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority. In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met.” [Statement from the Metropolitan Opera regarding James Levine March 12 2018]

Nanette Fabray 1920-2018

The versatile singer and actress died yesterday at her home in Palos Verdes, Calif. She was 97.  Read more »

Tales of the Bavarian baloney pony

In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson. The top parterre stories of last month follow the jump.  Read more »

Carol Neblett 1946-2017

The New York City Opera is reporting the death of American soprano Carol Neblett.

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RIP Dmitri Hvorostovsky

The heartbreaking news of the death of Dmitri Hvorostovsky has been confirmed.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky is alive, his wife assures us

Florence Hvorostovsky has just posted to her Facebook page that the Russian news site reporting her husband’s death is mistaken.

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Albert Innaurato 1947-2017

We have just heard the sad news that playwright and critic Albert Innaurato has died.

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Don’t send in the clowns

La Cieca sadly notes that LoftOpera has postponed their production of Pagliaccci (scheduled to open September 15) until a later date to be announced.

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Philip Gossett 1941-2017

The American musicologist died earlier today in Chicago.

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End of an era

Fort Worth Opera earlier today parted ways with its general director of 16 years, Darren K. Woods.

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