Cher Public

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”

Having dismissed the above quotation from Dr. Seuss, legendary crank maestro Riccardo Muti has announced his appointment as honorary president of Against Modern Opera Productions.

Beautiful stranger

Contrary to previous reports, Jonas Kaufmann says he is not dating Madonna.

Ready, aim…

The prenegotiation negotiating has begun: “Including staff benefits, Gelb [pictured, right] says a full-time chorus member at the Met earns an astonishing $300,000 (£180,000) a year, while the players of the Met Orchestra earn more than any orchestra in the US.” [Times of London – paywalled, sorry!]