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  • DerLeiermann: I think this is a great spoof of Kurt Weill’s songs. httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=Z6jM T8jZWFY There’s also... 12:16 PM
  • chicagoing: Story from the obituuary of Vic Firth, the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from yesterdays New York... 12:09 PM
  • Poison Ivy: laurence olivier did … 11:53 AM
  • Orlando Furioso: That makes sense to me. In 1970 I can imagine her feeling under an obligation to remain within classical vocal standards... 11:49 AM
  • Ilka Saro: He was the Robin Williams of his day. 10:54 AM
  • chicagoing: Speaking of intimate, Karita Mattila has a recital scheduled as part of the Ravinia Festival on August 10th and the hall is... 10:49 AM
  • manou: In yet another substitution, Frittoli replaces Fritolli. 10:47 AM
  • Krunoslav: “I was at the final Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field,” she told the News&Guide, speaking from her home outside... 10:44 AM

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. [Die Zeit] Read more »

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. Bloomberg reports that the philanthropist died December 23 after leaping from his 16th-floor residence at the San Remo apartment building on Manhattan’s Central Park West. He was 87.

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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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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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