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  • swordsnsolvers: Thank you for this recording, La Donna is favorite “heroic Rossini” opera. I downloaded the file and noticed... 4:09 PM
  • Camille: Indeed it was. I, and many others who were there, will gladly attest to the fact. It was also most heartwarming to see her gven... 3:59 PM
  • armerjacquino: Long may Galliano be ‘without a great house’. Nasty little fascist that he is. 3:55 PM
  • bronzino: In the summer of 86 during a break in the rehearsal of Santa Fe Opera’s production of Agyptische Helene, we had the good... 3:51 PM
  • Camille: Oh thanks! Someone must have paid off Sir Walter as The Lady has once again come to our shores. I do so want to hear the ne of... 3:47 PM
  • steveac10: “I do hope Ms. Pratt makes a real splash. What an asset to the Met she would be. Damrau is moving beyond it all, and... 3:34 PM
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  • Marcello: This was part of a series of 3 Rossini Serie, the other ones being Semiramide (where Caballé canceled) and Tancredi (?) which I... 3:32 PM

Falsch und feig

The Hartford Wagner Festival’s production of Das Rheingold has been canceled “due to the vicious and coordinated attacks on the Hartford Wagner Festival by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) which have forced the resignations of our Music Director and two of our performers with threats of loss of future work.”

Ebben, presto morrai!

After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera will cease operations after its current season, said Ian Campbell, the opera’s general and artistic director. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Gerard Mortier 1943-2014

Update: Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer, according to De Morgen. He was 70. Read more »


Marta Eggerth, 1912-2013

Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth died yesterday in New York. She was 101.

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Robert W. Wilson, 1927–2013

Robert W. Wilson, the American hedge fund manager and former chairman of New York City Opera, has died, an apparent suicide.

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Tom Krause 1934-2013

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

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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.

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Slow curtain

La Cieca has just been informed that Deborah Voigt‘s engagement as Leonore in Fidelio at Liège has quietly disappeared from her website.

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In memoriam Mike Richter

Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week.

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

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