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  • Satisfied: Lots of ugly going on in that clip. Production looks promising though. 1:51 PM
  • Buster: Someone must have compared her unfavorably to Margit Schramm one time too often. Socking dead singers... 1:51 PM
  • La Cieca: Take your button-pushing somewhere else. It’s neither cute nor endearing. 1:48 PM
  • Krunoslav: Of course, Batty– though I always felt Bergonzi ( whom I heard numerous times) acted WITH... 1:46 PM
  • la vociaccia: Well, um, uh…productio n looks nice! httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=JDJ3 BQjAXHY Maybe... 1:46 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Every once in a while I enjoy (just as much as the next guy) seeing whose buttons I can... 1:44 PM
  • La Cieca: Yes, if only those idiots in the New York City and State government had your magical ability to... 1:34 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Kruno, of course there were splendid actors back then, but we also had Tucker, Bergonzi,... 1:32 PM
  • Krunoslav: Yes, and the Recent Unpleasantness was all about Northern commercial aggression and envy of the... 1:15 PM
  • Chanterelle: Good to know — thank you for posting. 1:12 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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