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  • manou: She looks like Debra Paget http://tinyurl.com /k9g6tjv 9:16 AM
  • Evenhanded: Well. And the “thumbs systems” is about as seriously as your comments are taken. But... 9:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Ooops sorry – I’ll try that again. Manon Lescaut, Easter Festival,... 9:12 AM
  • Regina delle fate: Another – non-classic Manon Lescaut if report is to be believed – is heading... 9:09 AM
  • WindyCityOperaman: Born on this day in 1899 composer Randall Thompson. More Easter music httpv://www.you... 8:58 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes it is worth having but her voice is different now and has grown over the years as one... 8:48 AM
  • Jenufa: I love the picture La Cieca has chosen this week “Les Retardataires̶ 1; Albert Guillaume... 8:41 AM
  • manou: Oops! Sorry – I thought it was a new one. Seems worth having anyway. 8:30 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Sad that to this day it remains her only solo CD of opera arias. The recording is from 2006. 8:22 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Thank you, both of you who made this one possible. I saw Marianne’s mention of it as a... 8:15 AM

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.” [Bloomberg]

Smiling through

And we have a Mot du Jour!

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.” [New York Times]

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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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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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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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Risë Stevens, 1913-2013

The glamorous and beloved mezzo-soprano died yesterday. She was 99.

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A little off the top

Michael Capasso, General Director of the Dicapo Opera Theatre has announced that Dicapo will be going on hiatus for a period of six months.

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Going, going, gone!

“New York City Opera, seeking to shed decades’ worth of old sets, costumes and props, has decided to auction off most of the material next month, the company’s general manager and artistic director, George Steel, said on Wednesday.”

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