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  • armerjacquino: A treat to read such an intelligent, detailed review of a work I’ll almost certainly never get to see live. Also... 8:09 PM
  • calaf47: The announcement is to be made at noon on February 17th. The turn-table malfunctioned after the very first scene. Angela walked... 7:38 PM
  • jd: Rodriguez did very well as the Count. Sang well and got a big ovation from the audience. Angela Meade was also excellent. Giordiani is... 7:23 PM
  • phoenix: speaking of chica-going, she of the big hair will be singing the Marschalling tonite – in a short while, actually –... 7:16 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I actually love La Rondine. The first time I saw it was at NYCO. I cried my eyes out. That’s been my response every time... 7:11 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Such wonderful insight, as always from Mr. I. I was struck by this: “She might have had more success attempting a... 6:18 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Not surprised. It isn’t exactly a mouth-watering cast. How was Rodriguez’s Di Luna? I’m impressed with his... 6:11 PM
  • irontongue: Interesting, Beczala sounded great in Lucia in SF this past fall. 6:09 PM

Julius Rudel 1921-2014

The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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)

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Gerard Mortier 1943-2014

Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

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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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