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  • zinka: She was superb last night..The voice blooms like mad on top..and even though the middle is not as... 12:48 AM
  • grimoaldo: “Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her” Who does? Somebody decided she... 12:35 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Well if you want to get technical about it Callas’s last “great” ; year was... 12:30 AM
  • Stefan: I’m using the below link now and it working fine. http://www.arte.tv /guide/fr/05175... 12:29 AM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: That’s Guestoria or Guessie to you, hello and good evening! Well, your... 12:19 AM
  • grimoaldo: Yes Guest, we all decided it was about Lisette but we cannot be absolutely sure, and that blind... 11:58 PM
  • Krunoslav: I thought the recital very exciting., including the high Ds. True, * any* Rossini tenor album... 11:46 PM
  • Grane: Jennifer Rowley? I know nothing about her, but as someone has already mentioned, there’s a... 11:33 PM
  • Arianna a Nasso: Opolais is only 34 years old if Wiki is to be believed. At the performances of hers... 11:29 PM
  • operaassport: Pretty spot on review. Brownlee lacks vocal glamor, star power. Florez has it in spades. 11:14 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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