Met, Orchestra reach agreement Met, Orchestra reach agreement

A new collective bargaining agreement between the Metropolitan Opera and its orchestra, the last of the Met’s three largest unions to reach an agreement, was ratified today.

on August 24, 2021 at 12:48 PM
While you were sleeping While you were sleeping

Jennifer Hudson “honors” Aretha Franklin by singing “Nessun dorma.”

on August 21, 2021 at 6:37 PM
Diane Zola departs Diane Zola departs

La Cieca has received a copy of a message, apparently from the Metropolitan Opera, announcing the departure of Diane Zola from the company.

on August 19, 2021 at 6:34 PM
Together again for the first time Together again for the first time

At long last the plans for the Met’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Gala are to be realized.

on August 13, 2021 at 11:45 AM
Tears in heaven Tears in heaven

Awesome, astounding, Asiatic Anna Netrebko sings Puccini and Puccini/Alfano at the Arena di Verona.

on August 06, 2021 at 8:03 PM
‘Cries’ baby ‘Cries’ baby

Should the new John Corigliano / Mark Adamo opera The Lord of Cries be renamed The Lord of Crisis?

on July 15, 2021 at 8:14 AM
Soft opening Soft opening

As the Met gears up for its first performances in a year and a half. the company is already canceling shows in the early fall.

on July 13, 2021 at 12:22 AM
Dragoon race Dragoon race

Jamie Barton makes her highly-anticipated debut as Carmen opposite the legendary Stephanie Blythe as her alter ego Blythely Oratonio. As Don José!

on June 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM
Color Me Karita Color Me Karita

Superstar diva on Twitter and everywhere else Karita Mattila has just unveiled her next project!

on April 28, 2021 at 12:30 PM
The skills to pay the bills The skills to pay the bills

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has accepted a deal to receive bridge pay in return for returning to the bargaining table.

on March 17, 2021 at 7:07 PM
Put a ‘Ring’ on it Put a ‘Ring’ on it

The eventually reopened Metropolitan Opera promises a swift return to its status quo ante as a farm team for the English National Opera, sharing the London company’s new Ring cycle directed by vieillard terrible Richard Jones.

on February 24, 2021 at 12:20 PM
Remote control Remote control

The Met Orchestra will stream a concert including the virtual participation of Angela Gheorghiu live from Bucharest.

on February 05, 2021 at 11:40 AM
Lockout! Lockout!

The Met is instituting a lockout of its Local One–represented employees (stagehands), effective at midnight tonight.

on December 07, 2020 at 2:04 PM
Sonya or later Sonya or later

“The Met Stars Live in Concert performance featuring soprano Sonya Yoncheva, which was rescheduled for this Saturday, November 28, has now been moved to Saturday, February 27, 2021, as Ms. Yoncheva is still ill (with a non-Covid illness).” Thus speaks the Met’s press department.

on November 24, 2020 at 3:19 PM
Monster recital sacré Monster recital sacré

“Pèlerin Deslieux had arrived to escort her to Carnegie Hall. They would walk over together. ‘There’s a queue from here to there!’ he told her.”

on October 12, 2020 at 3:46 PM
Take the money and run Take the money and run

The Met settled with disgraced former music director James Levine for a cool $3.5 million.

on September 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Infection Infection

Tonight’s performance of Don Carlo at the Bolshoi Opera has been canceled because bass Ildar Abdrazakov has tested positive for COVID-19.

on September 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM
The end of Columbia Artists The end of Columbia Artists

La Cieca has heard that Columbia Artists Management Inc. will cease operations on Monday, August 31.

on August 29, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Denial Denial

“It was the one-armed man,” the veteran tenor explained.

on August 23, 2020 at 1:43 PM
NYCO, yet again? NYCO, yet again?

New York City Opera (remember them?) have announced a program for spring 2021, with repertoire consistent with the company’s recent policy of equal-opportunity pandering.

on August 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM
It started in Naples It started in Naples

The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli’s lavish outdoor concert series continues with Aida featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Anita Rachvelishvili.

on July 29, 2020 at 3:16 PM
Never can say goodbye Never can say goodbye

James Levine is back, or at least is scheduled to be back!

on July 06, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Dark and darker Dark and darker

San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago have announced the cancellation of their respective 2020 fall seasons.

on June 16, 2020 at 3:37 PM
Bad news bared Bad news bared

The Metropolitan Opera is heading for a very rocky couple of years.

on June 05, 2020 at 11:33 AM