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Hvorostovsky out of Met ‘Onegin’

dmitriDmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness. (So says the Met’s press department.) Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei will step into the role of Onegin at the Met for this spring’s performances, with Kwiecien singing on March 30April 3 and 7 and Mattei singing on April 12, 15, 18, and 22 matinee.  Read more »

Jason McVicker 1962-2016

bolenaThis is the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to write for parterre. For days now, it has just refused to work, and every time I hit a snag, the first thought in my mind would be, “Jason would have written this so beautifully.”  Read more »

Johan Botha 1965-2016

bothaThe dramatic tenor died this morning in Vienna. He was 51. [New York Times]

Dessi

Daniela Dessì 1957-2016

Soprano Daniela Dessì has died of cancer. She was 59.

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Patrice Munsel

Patrice Munsel 1925-2016

The soprano, famed for her status youngest performer to make a debut at the Met as well as her flamboyant style and personality, died last Thursday after suffering a stroke.

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Endgame

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on

“…they hoped he would soon take on an emeritus position that would keep him involved in the company as part of a graceful exit.:

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Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

The composer and conductor died yesterday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.

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Gato

The cat didn’t come back

“Along with every other music journalist in New York, I was blindsided by this news. If ever there was a company that appeared the picture of fiscal and artistic good health, it was Gotham.”

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Botas

Fine dell’opera

Gotham Chamber Opera is ceasing operations and will be closing.

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Jon Vickers

Jon Vickers 1926-2015

The legendary Canadian heldentenor died on Friday. He was 88.

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