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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.

Philip Gossett 1941-2017

The American musicologist died earlier today in Chicago.  Read more »

End of an era

Fort Worth Opera earlier today parted ways with its general director of 16 years, Darren K. Woods. His tenure with the company included a strong focus on contemporary works such as Silent Night, Glory Denied, Angels in America and JFK.

Nicolai Gedda 1925-2017

According to the Svenska Dagblatet, the internationally renowned Swedish singer died yesterday.

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Caved

The Met has canceled its new production of La forza del destino, which was to have been directed by Calixto Bieito.

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Hvorostovsky out of Met ‘Onegin’

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness.

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Jason McVicker 1962-2016

This is the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to write for parterre.

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Johan Botha 1965-2016

The dramatic tenor died this morning in Vienna.

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Daniela Dessì 1957-2016

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

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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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