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  • cieloemar: Quite a cast, and quite a run of Alfredos with Sutherland that season: Aragall, this one with... 1:24 PM
  • Camille: That is not good news but GREAT news. Let’s just hope he has been necking with Nadja lately... 1:22 PM
  • Camille: Oh. Like Carnegie Hall balcony, then? Ouch. 1:16 PM
  • Camille: I, for one, am glad this discussion has all come up for as yet I’ve not once been to... 1:14 PM
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  • Poison Ivy: Ilka, I agree that his last years were a bit sad with the lip-synced concerts and the constant... 1:11 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: And the other 50% of the seats are as comfortable as a 17th century torture rack. But the... 1:08 PM
  • kashania: Slightly shaky E-flat aside, Sutherland’s first act is a miracle of singing, isn’t it? 12:59 PM
  • Krunoslav: In re Frances Bible, my first Herodias and Ulrica near the end of her career: httpv://www.you... 12:59 PM
  • Krunoslav: Some good news about IOLANTA: The lamentable Alexei Tanovitski is out “ill” tonight;... 12:55 PM

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.” [New York Times]

That’s entertainment!

The highlight of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2014-2015 season is a new production of Manon Lescaut featuring Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, directed by Hans Neuenfels. (And perhaps the most delightful part of this announcement is that Richard Eyre is not involved in any way at all.)

Labor days

In an email obtained by parterre.com, AGMA’s Alan Gordon warns his membership of a possible lockout by the Met if contract negotiations break down this summer, blaming “failure at the box office, over-reliance on High Definition theatercasts instead of audience growth and a gross waste of millions of dollars on unnecessary and avoidable expenses” for the company’s current financial woes.

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Mamma mia

Goddess Anna Caterina Antonacci takes the “Sophia Loren” starring role in La Ciociara, a new work premiering at San Francisco Opera in June, 2015.

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But screw your courage to the sticking-place

La Cieca has it on very good authority that the 2014-2015 Met season will include a revival of Verdi’s Macbeth featuring Anna Netrebko.

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Von Kopf bis Fuss

La Cieca is happy to present the following readymade blind item.

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Ina moment now

La Cieca hears that soprano Pretty Yende, a standout Met debutante last season in Le Comte Ory, has signed with the company for for four roles over the next three years: Pamina and Lucia in 2014-2015, Adina in 2015-2016 and Rosina in 2016-2017.

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Fall forward

Utterly scientific polls follow the jump.

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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

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Desk set

Stefan Herheim‘s production of Die Meistersinger is set on the surface of Hans Sachs’ writing table!

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