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Agreeing to disagree

“One of the most closely watched #MeToo-related legal battles in classical music — pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct — came to an inconclusive end on Tuesday, when the two sides announced that they had quietly settled their claims against each other.” [New York Times]

Ah tweet mystery of life

“At 58, Ms. Mattila, who is currently onstage here at the Aix Festival in Weill and Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, is having something of a late-career renaissance: a newly expanding repertoire and newfound celebrity on Twitter, where she is beloved by some of opera’s most ardent fans.” [New York Times]

Billy Budd, queen of the birds

“He is, ultimately, the most modern and refreshing of gay characters: the pretty boy who got a bum rap and makes 50 guys weep openly when his exit music starts playing.” The New York Times wallows in the antiquated “Bury Your Gays” trope.

Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked

When Anthony Tommasini finds more political content in the Ring than your stage director does, you’re doing it wrong.

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Born to lose

Robert Lepage‘s direction of a crucial scene in the Ring is even worse than Otto Schenk‘s, if such a thing is possible.”

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Welcome to the Machine

Robert Lepage promises a more “urban” take on the work.

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A very Millo sequel

“Can the Diva Who Once Ruled the Met Make a Comeback?”

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Keep it gay

Our Own Joel Rozen in Slate ponders the good gay vs. bad gay politics of Zachary Woolfe‘s New York Times celebration of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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