Cher Public

  • marshiemarkII: Ciao manoucee, mille grazie, unfortunately they did not include the divine Sei tu che piangi, I am obsessed, I must have... 8:55 PM
  • marshiemarkII: Nice to hear from you chikita querida! Oh you must see it in the house, forget about HD, she must be heard live!, one of... 8:43 PM
  • manou: The ML videos work fine on the Met website: http://www.metoper a.org/Season/2015- 16-Season/manon-le scaut-puccini-tick ets/ 8:41 PM
  • LT: A new Handel’s Messiah from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is to be released in a couple of weeks with Yoncheva, Mumford, Villazon... 8:31 PM
  • antikitschychick: oh wow congrats to Alagna on becoming a granddaddy! And good for him that he still has “la fiamma” that... 8:27 PM
  • Lohenfal: I figured that the disappearing link was the result of Met censorship. That wouldn’t have bothered me if their own website... 8:25 PM
  • antikitschychick: thank you for your enthusiastic review Marshie and nice to hear from you! After reading what you have to say I’m... 8:18 PM
  • marshiemarkII: I hope you saw this: http://www.nytimes .com/2016/02/11/ar ts/music/better-ca ll-roberto-alagna- steps-in-to-man... 7:40 PM

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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