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  • redbear: See above. The religious freedom of forced marriages at 10 or 12 and genital mutiliation? That is... 11:09 AM
  • redbear: Dabrowski. Another question. We know that almost every Muslim woman goes without a veil in France,... 11:06 AM
  • messa di voce: Doesn’t administration, in conjunction with singers and conductors, plan what they want... 10:58 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Too bad there was no New York City Opera to produce this piece. They needed the... 10:47 AM
  • MontyNostry: I was thinking kebabs. Here in the UK people talk about ‘having a doner’ when the... 10:46 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: I assume the reference is to the announcement in the program and on the website,... 10:29 AM
  • LittleMasterMiles: You’re right: a backstory makes a character human; it doesn’t justify his... 10:23 AM
  • CwbyLA: pasavant, what you said about veil not being required by Muslim law is incorrect. What is said in... 10:07 AM
  • Poison Ivy: I think mamoud’s monologue is the closest to a “backstory&# 8221; but his actions... 10:00 AM
  • Dabrowski: This sort of rationalization for France’s racist law is no different from the Russian claim... 9:53 AM

Bohemian girl

The Met press office announces: “Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème on September 26 and 29, replacing Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who is ill.”

Wedding bell blues

Our Own JJ (not pictured) writes in the New York Observer, “The combination of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night—one of the most glamorous social events of the year, in theory at least—and a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro—which is, after all, about a wedding—should result in a doubly gala event. So it’s twice as disappointing that Monday night’s performance of the Mozart masterpiece turned into a four-hour fizzle.” (Photo: Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera)

Chorus of the exiled protesters

“A philosophical espousal of the principle of protest doesn’t entail an endorsement of the content of a particular demonstration. I applaud the Klinghoffer protesters for voicing their opinions, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I find those opinions ill-informed, inept and downright dangerous.” [New York Observer]

opening night

Tiara in the aisles

Our Own JJ (pictured) is off to cover the Met’s opening night.

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ladies

Femmes fatales

You’ve cast your votes for the operas you most look forward to hearing at the Met this fall, and if the opera has “Macbeth” in the title, you’re there.

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deluge

Le déluge

The very busy Met press office announces: “The Metropolitan Opera announces cast changes for this season’s performances of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Verdi’s Aida, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.”

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THE DOG IN THE MANGER

It’s a good career

Music Director James Levine (pictured, left) is obviously feeling well enough that he can get back to favorite pastime, i.e., making sure nobody else has a success except him.

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decimate

Leaner in

The Metropolitan Opera just announced that 22 positions from its administrative staff of 254 have been eliminated as part of a company-wide program of cost cutting.

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rush

Vital statistics

Now that you know how to obtain same-day tickets to the Met, cher public, all that remains is deciding which operas you intend to see.

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rachel

Contessa, stop the music!

“American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.”  

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