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  • zinka: Wow…What a SCOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7:25 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Moose Murders is quaking in its boots 6:43 PM
  • isoldit: isn’t that precious. she has to do something, she really cannot sing anymore, the cooing and... 6:39 PM
  • Grane: It just isn’t relevant otherwise. 6:37 PM
  • Krunoslav: ” Konstantin Wolff as an inelegant, rusty-sounding Zoroastro ” Is he ever anything... 6:29 PM
  • manou: There will be bona fide sex? 6:24 PM
  • Krunoslav: CHRISTINE Morley Meredith Dr. Rashil Singh Janet Pavek Sita Roy 46th Street Theatre , (4/28/1960... 5:43 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Apparently no simulated sex in this production, which will be a novelty. 5:24 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Tamerlano is currently in rehearsal in Brussels. It’s a lovely work, one I haven’t... 5:15 PM
  • antikitschychick: Thanks and happy holidays to you too :-) 4:34 PM

Tom Krause 1934-2013

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

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. [New York Times]

Slow curtain

La Cieca notices that Deborah Voigt‘s engagement as Leonore in Fidelio at Liège has quietly disappeared from her calendar while the l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie now specifies Jennifer Wilson in the title role. The Beethoven was the only remaining opera engagement for Voigt between spring 2013 (the Ring at the Met) and spring 2014 (Wozzeck in the same venue).

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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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Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

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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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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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