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  • Lohengrin: That was in München 2010. Scala: JK was Einspringer in the second performance. 10:12 PM
  • phoenix: I’m not so sure. That’s why I’d like to hear Kampe’s 2009 Glyndebourne... 10:09 PM
  • Camille: Remunerative. Sorry, Tristan and Isolde have run me off the rails. O wonderful music! Guten Abend! 9:50 PM
  • Camille: Oh was that Scala? Did not remember. I heard her long before and really liked her, FWIW.... 9:47 PM
  • phoenix: The webcast performance with Kaufmann & Kampe you write about above – I believe was... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: What would Madam Patti have thought about anything? She led a very restricted life and I don’t... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: Sorry, typo nightmare. I am listening to Isolde’s Rache and can’t see straight! 9:42 PM
  • phoenix: I wonder what madame patti would have thought about this 9:40 PM
  • Camille: No, that Fidelio was at the Los Angeles Opera not La Scala. I saw her on the webcast from Wherever... 9:40 PM
  • Camille: O Götter nein, she ain’t no Mödl. That only comes around once in a great while, fm hat I have... 9:37 PM

“Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar’ Ding”

In keeping (tangentially) with our Rosenkavalier theme this weekend, here is a tale that is, as it were, as old as time, and just about as unreliable. After the jump, La Cieca produces documentary evidence that Peter Gelb has single-handedly ravaged the finances of the Met not only during his own incumbency, but in the distant past as well. Read more »

Borne back ceaselessly into the past

So, cher public, have you heard about this fabulous new plan to revive the New York City Opera under the direction of Michael Capasso? A keystone of the “Renaissance” of the company (as the prospectus puts it) will be to perform “period-consistent productions of standard repertoire” (e.g., the Franco Zeffirelli production of Tosca) in the Rose Theater. A more detailed plan, including scary photos of naked old people in Johann Kresnik‘s Erfurt production of Un ballo in maschera, may be found here.

Out of Touch

In a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing. Now, if you’ll excuse La Cieca, she will slip into her power suit and head down to Area to celebrate. Read more »

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Ancien regie

“But like any production left out in the sun a few decades, it gradually faded into mere decoration.”

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Constellation

Here, for the first time in 40 years, the CBS telecast of the April 21-22 gala honoring the retirement of Sir Rudolf Bing.

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Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

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Re-entrance

La Cieca (not pictured) has just accessed a new feature in YouTube that imported a dozen or so “classic” parterre video clips from Google Video into the familiar YouTube interface.

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Le duc d’Orleans, le duc d’Ayen…

Former Editor of Opera News and Director of Opera-Music Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts Patrick J. Smith (pictured) yearns for the ancien régime: “We used to go to the opera for the voices. Zinka Milanov…” And so, anyone who has serious informed criticism of how Peter Gelb runs the Met now can look forward to getting lumped in with the reactionary prigs. [Musical America]

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