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  • Jim: Redbear…I only saw the HD…and can recall saying to myself: “Note to file –... 12:41 PM
  • Jim: Redbear…I only saw the HD…and can recall saying to myself: “Note to file –... 12:39 PM
  • Rackon: There’s a pirate audio of the Chicago Manon with Dessay that’s very good. That... 12:34 PM
  • stignanispawn: Since I have seen no press for the Crested Butte Rigoletto, I offer the following: Crested... 12:27 PM
  • stignanispawn: Since I have seen no press for the Crested Butte Rigoletto, I offer the following: Crested... 12:26 PM
  • steveac10: Could Loeb be persuaded to give some PR lessons to the folks at MU and AGMA? Although it’s... 12:24 PM
  • DellaCasaFan: … my previous post was in response to Kashi. Ciccia, you’re right. He’s... 12:16 PM
  • Lohengrin: There are some small clips from Chicago with Dessay on Youtube. 12:14 PM
  • Rackon: Clita, I saw that LOC Manon (in 2008) and thought it was pretty wonderful. I liked the McVicar... 12:11 PM
  • Cicciabella: Alagna was a very charming and sympathetic Des Grieux. Made me almost forget what a gormless,... 12:09 PM

In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week. One of his many exhaustive projects was the mastering and encoding of hundreds of outstanding live opera performances onto CD-ROMs. Following the jump, a tribute to Mike in the form of an excerpt from his “Audio Encyclopedia.” Read more »

Whimper

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

Patrice Chéreau, 1944-2013

According to Liberation, the celebrated opera director and filmmaker died today of lung cancer in Paris. He was 68. Read more »

tumbleweed

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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mot

Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

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funny_business

Slow curtain

“New York City Opera… will be forced to cancel most of its current season and all of its next season if it fails to raise $20 million by year’s end, company officials say.”

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coloraturafan

Who’ll stop the reign

La Cieca is most unhappy indeed to hear that coloraturafan, the undisputed monarch of opera on YouTube, has had his “fourth or fifth” account on the service deleted.

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Claramae Turner 1920-2012

The American contralto, who created the title role in Menotti’s The Medium and introduced the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” died May 18. She was 92.

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cowardly

Ancient German virtue of bravery gone missing

In a press release, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf has announced the cancellation of its controversial new production of Tannhäuser.

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Deanna Durbin 1921-2013

The silver-voiced teen star of film musicals of the 1930s and 1940s died earlier this week.

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