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Cher Public

  • SF Guy: “She plays Medea later this week.” 5:07 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Here another one bites the dust in Wien: http://kurier.at/k ultur/musik/ber... 5:01 AM
  • m. croche: Made more puzzling by the fact that there are several thing that happen onstage which are... 4:56 AM
  • SF Guy: If the lady was discussing the production, it was indeed a good five bars worth of peculiar–... 4:49 AM
  • m. croche: Radvanovsky hit the ball out of bounds a couple times during the opera and had to take the extra... 4:29 AM
  • redbear: Speaking of “singing in the rain,” the film’s producer, Arthur Freed, wanted to repeat his success... 4:19 AM
  • SF Guy: I was there Wednesday as well–Radvano vsky had the same occasional problems on pianissimo... 4:05 AM
  • m. croche: Off topic, but this is hot off the wires. A special U.S. performance by the Wen He Traditional... 4:03 AM
  • derschatzgabber: I attended opening night. Berti was better than expected, but still less than good. I went... 3:11 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: I watched it last night on TV and it was very interesting. You can tell how intelligent she... 3:10 AM

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 »

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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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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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