It’s been a bitterly cold winter in NY. When it’s bitterly cold, the air is dry. When the air is dry, those nagging coughs tend to overstay their welcome. And when those nagging coughs overstay their welcomes, singers have to cancel. And so now twice in one week, the Met has had a major cancellation that caused a major buzz among the opera faithful. The first cancellation was Jonas Kaufmann in Werther on Monday which led to the debut of Jean-Francois Borras, a last minute cover with a stunningly beautiful tenor voice. The second cancellation occurred Thursday, when at 2:10 the Met announced that Thomas Hampson had withdrawn from opening night of Wozzeck, and Matthias Goerne would replace him. Read more »
parterre box has obtained a memo sent to artists’ managers in which AGMA Executive Director Alan Gordon warns singers contracted to sing at the Met in the 2014-2105 season that due to unpromising developments in upcoming labor negotiations the company may be dark for part or all of the season, and that “it would be prudent for our principal singer members who have future contracts at the Met, and their agents, to… explore other sources of 2014-2015 employment.”
The complete memo follows the jump. Read more »
Here’s the official announcement as of 2:10 PM: “Matthias Goerne is stepping into the title role in tonight’s opening night performance of Berg’s Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who has withdrawn due to illness.” Wait, there’s more! Read more »
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The last place you’d expect to find opera at all, let alone good, exciting opera, is in still-scrappy Bushwick, Brooklyn.
“The Metropolitan Opera Guild invites you to join Deborah Voigt on a musical journey to the islands and shores of Croatia and Montenegro.”
Here you are, cher public, details of the Met’s (to be perfectly frank) not particularly spectacular mid-decade season.
La Cieca’s spy informs her that the Met will announce its 2014-2015 “Wednesday evening.” Watch parterre.com starting at 4:00 pm tomorrow for up-to-the-minute coverage.
Even when the opera performed is a masterpiece, a truly superb opera performance is exceedingly rare.