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  • danpatter: I heard her live only once, a beautifully sung and very womanly Dalila opposite Jon Vickers at the... 1:26 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I believe you mean Göteborg which is in Sweden. 1:21 AM
  • Baritenor: Every year I go down the Met Roster, and am SHOCKED by some of the names found as covers, many of... 1:20 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Aleksandrina Milcheva is actually turning 80, her birth year listed is 1934. 12:40 AM
  • steveac10: That’s been the casting rule at the Met for decades – even pre-Ingpen. B-list... 11:08 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: GiordanI. 10:43 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Giordano would be marvelous. 10:40 PM
  • messa di voce: Other singers available to jump in for Vargas, please. 10:08 PM
  • Grane: Well, no one can say she lacks joie de vivre like all the boring Americans. 9:44 PM
  • Krunoslav: You mean audiences have been enduring Papatanasiu’ s screeching while Mary Dunleavy sits... 9:27 PM

“…purely coincidental and not intended”

le_mot_du_jourZinta Lundborg is a writer for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.” [Bloomberg]

Puff piece

key_art_thank_you_for_smoking1The Board of Directors of New York City Opera has announced that Charles R. Wall was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board effective December 16, 2010. He succeeds Susan L. Baker, who will “step down” after seven years of “dedicated service.”  Read more »

Where your hard-earned donations to NYCO go, part who knows I’ve lost track

mortier_baker“The New York City Opera, which just reported a $19.9 million deficit in 2008-09, paid Gerard Mortier $400,000 for his stint as part-time general-manager in-waiting.” [Bloomberg News]

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Century of progress?

New York City Opera has announced its 2010-2011 season, and it looks like La Cieca’s precognitions were about 90% correct. (Please, hold your applause.)

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Tout gai!

New York City Opera’s latest mailing invites the gays to “Learn to French!”

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A gala day is enough for me

Hey, remember how New York City Opera threw this big gala last fall to salute the billionaire teabagger, Astroturfer and enemy of Net Neutrality David H. Koch? Now, La Cieca is sure that in the intervening months you have been asking yourself, “What could NYCO possibly do to top this ill-advised exaltation of someone who really doesn’t deserve to be honored? Who could NYCO possibly find who would be a less popular and appropriate target for veneration?” I warn you, cher public, you are not going to believe who the honoree is for the spring gala. 

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Sock’s appeal

The maniacal laughter of incorrigible NYCO nemesis Manuela Hoelterhoff continues to echo through the halls of Castle Bloomberg this morning, as yet another of the executive editor’s gang of henchscribes gloats over yesterday’s announcement of a curtailed season at the company that dared to snub Francesca Zambello. Poor paltry fools!

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NYCO “severely curtailing” fall season

“There are thousands of papers, stretching back over hundreds of years, affecting Belle Reve as, piece by piece, our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchanged the land for their epic fornications — to put it plainly! The four-letter word deprived us of our plantation, till finally all that was left — and Stella can verify that! — was the house itself and about twenty acres of ground, including a graveyard, to which now all but Stella and I have retreated!” [NYT]

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The Man with the Golden Ear

The amazing acute hearing of Anthony Tommasini detects an improvement in the acoustic of that place they used to call the New York State Theater, in fact, he’s willing to commit that the sound is “considerably better than it used to be.” Which is pretty fucking impressive, considering that the last time TT heard an “unenhanced” opera performance in that space was more than 10 years ago. 

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happy birthday susan baker

The embattled NYCO chairwoman is 59 years young today!

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