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  • La Cieca: Other cost saving measures are not directly relevant to the current negotiations, which are... 11:53 PM
  • Satisfied: Rumored for awhile now….apparen tly she’ll perform Elsa first in Dresden with... 11:42 PM
  • Henry Holland: Here’s an example of why I think the house is too damn big. I went to a Parsifal at the... 11:40 PM
  • coloraturafan: Yes, I have the video, however uploading anything from Munich onto YouTube is a risk. They... 11:30 PM
  • kashania: Also Norma and I don’t mind at all. 11:09 PM
  • Krunoslav: “To elaborate further, it’s Hector Berlioz’s 1859 version, with material added to entice... 11:03 PM
  • CwbyLA: Oh my! I really liked the Rodelinda production. I thought it was very suitable for such a static... 10:57 PM
  • phoenix: So did I. And it doesn’t make any sense. 10:54 PM
  • Leontynes Weave: And once again, not a single syllable about what other cost saving measures are necessary... 10:46 PM
  • Krunoslav: Sorry, but if it’s not made with Salad Cream, it’s *not* Krunoslaw. 10:38 PM

Hurling

It shouldn’t take you but a moment to find the great huge clunking error of fact in this Vanity Fair profile of Joyce DiDonato. And that publication is usually at its best when discussing dead rich people!

United we…?

backstageWe’ve all had a rough time in the last few years; but cultural institutions have had it worse than they could have possibly imagined. With a business model that relies entirely on private donations to achieve fiscal viability, the challenge to make ends meet has never been greater.  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 »