Cher Public

  • -Ed.: Ha! Your thread title reminded me to check on the results of this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. http://www.bulw... 11:18 AM
  • Fluffy-net: I too had planned to go to Cologne. It is also supposed to be done in Copenhagen, although not in the 15-16 season. This... 10:54 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: I’m hoping someday the BBC will resurrect the video of Tales of Hoffman on DVD. Yes, the music is not complete... 10:25 AM
  • messa di voce: You’re channeling Steane: “The great contribution of . . . Farrar was a simple matter: she would sing broad... 10:14 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Terrific movie about the director of Bride of Frankenstein’ ;s director. Great movie . . . httpvh://www.yo... 10:11 AM
  • messa di voce: Lehmann wrote movingly about how she, the rest of the cast, and the entire chorus were in tears at the end of the dress... 10:08 AM
  • steveac10: Well, since what we listened two for the better part of a century was largely the construction of someone other than Offenbach,... 9:39 AM
  • Buster: I had planned to see this in Cologne in December, but because of the problems there, it apparently has now been postponed. Too... 4:14 AM

Gerard Mortier 1943-2014

Update: Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer, according to De Morgen. He was 70. Read more »

Marta Eggerth, 1912-2013

Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth died yesterday in New York. She was 101. [Die Zeit] Read more »

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. Bloomberg reports that the philanthropist died December 23 after leaping from his 16th-floor residence at the San Remo apartment building on Manhattan’s Central Park West. He was 87.

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Tom Krause 1934-2013

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

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Less cowbell

An auction of the meager remains of the bankrupt New York City Opera’s property musical instruments, some bits of scenery and costumes is scheduled for December 12.

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Slow curtain

La Cieca has just been informed that Deborah Voigt‘s engagement as Leonore in Fidelio at Liège has quietly disappeared from her website.

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In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week.

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Whimper

“Opera America, a service organization for opera companies, has expressed interest in purchasing City Opera’s thrift shop…”

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Patrice Chéreau, 1944-2013

The celebrated opera director and filmmaker died today of lung cancer in Paris. He was 68.

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It’s over

“New York City Opera, created 70 years ago as the ‘people’s opera,’ expects to file for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 2 and either liquidate in court or be sold to another institution, its lawyer said.”

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