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  • la vociaccia: It’s really, really disheartening when a professional music critic makes a blunder like... 4:21 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Au contraire! IMHO Midgette’s blatant lack of knowledge of the authentic spoken... 4:17 PM
  • alejandro: The spoken intro was amazing! I walked away last night with a lot of love for the score/text. 3:54 PM
  • Will: The Venue is Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall of Harvard University. 3:54 PM
  • Buster: I’ll have what she’s having. 3:53 PM
  • WindyCityOperaman: RIP Rod McKuen httpvh://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=IJZ Qz5U0el0 3:32 PM
  • m. croche: You gotta love a critic who exhorts a production team to “address the score more... 3:30 PM
  • RobNYNY: And Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss must account for about 30 of them. 3:27 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: And I did not notice that Lebrecht already had it on his site! Early this morning there... 3:22 PM
  • Cicciabella: Take a look at this dynamite, all-singing, all-dancing Valencienne, in translation (Hungarian),... 3:21 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 »