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  • kashania: I haven’t heard Measha B sing in a couple of years, but at its best the voice has what I... 2:49 PM
  • la vociaccia: But to be fair, Rufus doesn’t exactly come out of that video looking like the picture of... 2:47 PM
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  • olliedawg: Disclaimer: I usually like Renee Fleming’s work, sometimes even love it. She always strikes... 2:42 PM
  • mskapay: Hmm, she also says she miscarried twins. Poor love. All my good thoughts for a splendid return. 2:25 PM
  • overstimmelated: “accede to” = Macbeths :-) 2:24 PM
  • mskapay: Hmm, she has a long post on her personal Facebook about her vocal problems, but the English is a... 2:22 PM
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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. [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).

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 »

thrift

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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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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