Cher Public

  • gustave of montreal: Il radotait 6:07 PM
  • gustave of montreal: No, not most everyone. There are about 6 recordings of the wretched opera. 5:57 PM
  • gustave of montreal: got it, merci. 5:45 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I lived for two years in Cincinnati. Definitely “midwest. 221; A good rule of thumb is: How important are... 5:40 PM
  • vilbastarda: Interesting, Batty. Somehow I’m not surprised that there were tensions. I still have a hard time understanding why... 5:24 PM
  • Hippolyte: Consult a map all you want but that doesn’t change the fact that people from Ohio (at least western Ohio where I grew up)... 4:56 PM
  • Camille: Preserving the soprano’s god-given Right to Interpolate High Notes is the one and only— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=APxE... 4:50 PM
  • -Ed.: I grew up near Pittsburgh as well, Batty, and yes, given the choice we’d have said easterner and not mid-westerner. Not that... 3:54 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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