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  • JohninSeattle: I agree with everyone about the Grand Inquisitor scene… it was awful in every way imaginable. Chicagoing I believe... 12:06 PM
  • jackoh: I guess that what sparks outrage in each of us differs among us. 11:39 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Sorry to hear that. The Grand Inquisitor’s terrifying appearance despite his blindness is the most riveting moment... 11:19 AM
  • gustave of montreal: If I were to attend La Juive a story in the old city of Konstanz, and find the singers in modern dress with coats... 10:35 AM
  • chicagoing: The manner in which the Grand Inquisitor’s blindness was handled, a dramatic choice about which I believe there is no... 10:24 AM
  • The Poet Lenski: Opolais withdrew from the production. No explanation was given. 10:10 AM
  • Krunoslav: “Josef von Manowarda” Among the most savage and regular denouncers of fellow artists as Jews, Communists and... 9:42 AM
  • Krunoslav: I thouGHt Silvestrelli was DREADFUL- top and bottom splayed, ugly heavy vibrato throughout, zero gravitas. He looked like... 9:39 AM

The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.   Read more »

Local man

After four years of delegating union talks to his predecessor, Joseph Volpe, Met honcho Peter Gelb will now lead negotiations himself. [New York Times]

Ogni Cura

“Ogni Cura si doni al diletto / E s’accorra nel magico petto,” the joke went back in the late ’90s. What wags we were! José Cura, cover boy for this vintage issue of parterre box, is not the main focus of the magazine, though. La Cieca muses on the telecast of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the premiere of the (second) Zeffirelli Traviata at the Met and Christopher Alden‘s take on The Mother of Us All; Indiana Loiterer III covers the first visit of the Duchess of Argyll to BAM; various parterriani dream dreams of recordings; and Dawn Fatale unleashes the seminal rant “The Volpe Era.” [Download Issue #35]

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Bloomberg onions

The multi-slashed Manuela Hoelterhoff (Bloomberg editrix/spouse to disgruntled New York City Opera intendant manquée Francesca Zambello/grouch emeritus) dipped her goose quill in venom this morning once again to take on her favorite subject, i.e., how NYCO has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since they didn’t hire her girlfriend to run the place. 

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