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  • SilvestriWoman: No offense taken here in Chicago! When he led the CSO, as soon as a concert ended, he couldn’t get out of town fast... 10:51 PM
  • Dabrowski: The questions that US media ask classical musicians and singers — when they appear in US media at all — are on a... 10:20 PM
  • novotna: I am very disappointed that Mr. de Marco kept his vest on throughout the anvil chorus. It was very difficult to do an accurate... 9:22 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Marvelous evening that Cendrillon in Ottawa and what a cast: Ruth Welting, Maureen Forrester, Louis Quilico. In the... 8:47 PM
  • Bill: Kennedet – true, Cura’s voice is shot, almost an embarrassment to be sure, but he was still able to develop an... 8:46 PM
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Battle of Broadway

La Cieca hears that there will be a little quasi-operatic activity on the Great White Way a year hence. Fall 2015 is the target date for an as yet untitled one-woman show based on the life of Kathleen Battle, scheduled to star Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. (And before you ask, no, the playwright is not Terrence McNally!)

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.” [Kurier]

“It’s scary, but what can you do?”

“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks, her decision to sing more dramatic repertory, and some of the new roles she plans to tackle at the Met, disclosing that she would open its 2017-18 season singing the title role in Bellini’s Norma in a new production, and that she would tackle Verdi’s Aida the following season.” [New York Times]

Gazing into the future

When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.

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Lock Stock

The sound of silence

This past week of contract negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera has been notable for the absence of any new PowerPoint presentations or fustian proclamations.

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West side non-story

La Cieca hears that the Met’s planned production of West Side Story in the 2017-2018 season has been shelved.

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The Met: Can it be saved?

Short answer: yes. But let’s begin by dismissing the a blatant canard. One thing that the Metropolitan Opera does not need to do is to scale back the number of performances in a season.

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The Met: what’s really wrong?

The Met’s financial challenges are not meteorological, demographic, or cyclical; they are structural.

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After the thaw

Our Own JJ (not pictured) offers his recommendations for 10 opera and classical music events worth hearing this spring.

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The lovely bones

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager… has engaged Mr. Domingo to sing Don Carlo in Ernani next season, Simon Boccanegra the following season and Nabucco in 2016-17.”

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