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Cold dead hands

The press department at the English National Opera is considering a revamp of the company’s press seating policy, perhaps offering to mainstream critics a single prime ticket instead of the pair of free ducats bestowed hitherto. This modest proposal has been met with a chorus of rage from the British press (not pictured)! Read more »

When you’re a Brit, you’re a Brit all the way

The international finalists for the International Opera Awards have been internationally named from international artists working internationally at international companies around the globe. Read more »

Già dell’Apocalisse appariscono i segni

The Metropolitan Opera’s press office informs us (with parenthetical observervations by La Cieca added in italics), “Ryan Speedo Green [whom the Met continues to squander in mostly nothing roles] will sing Colline in tonight’s performance of Puccini’s La Bohème, replacing Matthew Rose [, the protean, internationally famous box office star who was cast in this part because there are literally no basses anywhere on the North American continent capable of performing such arduous music], who is ill.”

Hire of wonder

WQXR has hired BBC radio and TV presenter, author, novelist, journalist and violinist Clemency Burton-Hill to be the station’s Creative Director, Music and Arts. 

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Punch drunk

Breaking: Pasolini estate to sue Rupert Christiansen for libel.

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This happy breed

“Lyric’s November staging of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck is the only American contender in the new-production category, conducted by Lyric Music Director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Sir David McVicar.”

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Breaking: horses not to be frightened

“Our patrons are also our investors, and because many of our core subscribers are also our most generous philanthropists, we need to make sure that our programming jives with their expectations, what they’d like to see onstage.”

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Once upon a Thames

“Likewise Susan Bullock and Nicholas Phan—leading exponents of Wagner and Britten respectively…”

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