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  • Uncle Kvetch: parterre is a great place to be so long as you remember never to speak in favour of kindness or... 9:14 AM
  • Uncle Kvetch: I do however, completely understand the criticism aimed at her for many of her stylistic and... 9:06 AM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: DIVA NEWS: Cecilia Bartoli’s contract as Artistic Director of the Salzburger... 8:56 AM
  • Orlando Furioso: How curious that Rose Bampton and Helen Jepson share a birthday. They occupy the same niche... 8:15 AM
  • toitoitoi: Amen, armer and anti. “Sell their gifts”? Are you kidding me? No wonder you call... 8:11 AM
  • Ilka Saro: Title should be “Secret Woid” 7:56 AM
  • Krunoslav: Ingpen had many artistic crimes, but I personally would not place Shirley-Quirk̵ 7;s... 7:20 AM
  • armerjacquino: She’s not the keeper of a sacred flame. She’s a woman with a job. Maybe sometimes... 7:19 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well Fleming sounds gross there but better for this kind of venue that suits her personality... 7:14 AM
  • armerjacquino: Operadunce, parterre is a great place to be so long as you remember never to speak in favour... 7:08 AM

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]