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  • redbear: See above. The religious freedom of forced marriages at 10 or 12 and genital mutiliation? That is... 11:09 AM
  • redbear: Dabrowski. Another question. We know that almost every Muslim woman goes without a veil in France,... 11:06 AM
  • messa di voce: Doesn’t administration, in conjunction with singers and conductors, plan what they want... 10:58 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Too bad there was no New York City Opera to produce this piece. They needed the... 10:47 AM
  • MontyNostry: I was thinking kebabs. Here in the UK people talk about ‘having a doner’ when the... 10:46 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: I assume the reference is to the announcement in the program and on the website,... 10:29 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: You’re right: a backstory makes a character human; it doesn’t justify his... 10:23 AM
  • CwbyLA: pasavant, what you said about veil not being required by Muslim law is incorrect. What is said in... 10:07 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I think mamoud’s monologue is the closest to a “backstory&# 8221; but his actions... 10:00 AM
  • Dabrowski: This sort of rationalization for France’s racist law is no different from the Russian claim... 9:53 AM

Magda Olivero 1910-2014

La Cieca has just received confirmation from La Scala’s Twitter of the sad news that the legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.  She was 104. Read more »

Licia Albanese 1913-2014

La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90. Read more »

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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Falsch und feig

The Hartford Wagner Festival’s production of Das Rheingold has been canceled.

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Ebben, presto morrai!

After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera will cease operations after its current season, said Ian Campbell, the opera’s general and artistic director.

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Gerard Mortier 1943-2014

Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

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Marta Eggerth, 1912-2013

Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth died yesterday in New York. She was 101.

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Robert W. Wilson, 1927–2013

Robert W. Wilson, the American hedge fund manager and former chairman of New York City Opera, has died, an apparent suicide.

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Tom Krause 1934-2013

Finnish bass-baritone Tom Krause died Thursday. He was 79.

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