Headshot of La Cieca

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  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m really looking forward to seeing Chenier in London in a few months. While neither... 8:30 AM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Mine aren’t rarities, or at least did not use to be. Andrea Chenier and Adrianna... 8:23 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: That’s a great way to put it Phoenix, I completely agree. 7:50 AM
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  • Cocky Kurwenal: The pattern last night was very much as I recall from the ROH, Phoenix – pretty... 7:24 AM
  • phoenix: Despite the difficulty with the high notes, Goerke’s Elektra sounded more lyrical last night... 7:19 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: Whatever else one can say about Barkmin (and as I’ve put below, I loved her, but can... 7:16 AM
  • ML: What? Why? He’s the only true French voice we have! I think long-standing Parterrians should be... 6:24 AM

Ugly head reared

The way I see it, there are bad ideas, like the revival of 1980s style for men or the U.S. defaulting on its debt ceiling. Then there are geniunely horrific delusions that should not even be mentioned in public, the kind of stuff you read in the comments section of breitbart.com. Today in Bloomberg’s coverage of the New York City Opera’s ongoing kerfuffle, the latter sort of insanity was repeated once more:  “We need someone with vision. Joseph Volpe is an exciting choice…”  Read more »

Forced perspective

vick_trovatoreAs we approach the end of the first all-Peter Gelb season at the Met, there’s already a certain amount of editorial judgment on the General Manager’s “aesthetic agenda.” That’s only fair, of course: judgement is what critics do.   Read more »

La Cieca’s favorite couple of sentences from that Vanity Fair piece, and why

vanity_gelbVolpe, who is 69, wants to set the record straight, now that Peter Gelb is being held up as the architect of a new, dynamic Met: with enough money, he too could have been creative. ‘Peter spends money in ways I never could,’ Volpe told me. ‘If I had Mercedes Bass and I could have spent money upon money in those days, it would have been a lot different. But I couldn’t. You know, I couldn’t’.” Read more »

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Peter and the Woolfe

The arts journalist La Cieca would like be when she grows up, Zachary Woolfe, continues his analysis of Peter Gelb‘s Met tenure — now all the more interesting since Joe Volpe has returned to the fold. [Observer]

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“What do I look like, an ATM?”

The 1990s never ended, it seems. Joe Volpe back at the Met, and his one-time sidekick Alberto Vilar back in the news. The Felonious Philanthropist, donor of abut $12 million to the Met during Volpe’s tenure, was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for such charges as securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. [NYT]

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Joementum

“Joseph Volpe, who served as the Met’s general manager from 1990 to 2006 and authored a memoir about the experience called The Toughest Show on Earth, has been hired by Mr. Gelb, his successor, to represent the company in upcoming contract negotiations with its three major labor unions.”   [New York Observer]

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A bird in the hand

Whenever La Cieca (center) feels afraid, she doesn’t just hold her head erect or whistle a happy tune (though she’s been known to do both on occasion), she reminds herself, “You know, things could be a lot worse than what they are!”  

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