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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    ...I find myself immensely saddened by this one, friends .
    too many different laws and boundaries (/non-boundaries) in Europe. It's confusing.

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    The same edition noted that Moody's had lowered the Met's rating "to three steps above junk", which is not promising.
    Well unless were talking about about some sort of goodwill investment, I would have never thought that an opera house would be a secure way to hold cash. What was it before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post

    Is there any good news??
    Yes. Geico can save you 15% in car insurance.

    Now, seriously, poor Montserrat; she is old and frail and could have been spared the shame. Most likely her accountants did something wrong unbeknownst to her; I can't image that such a major singer would pay close attention to accounting matters but would rather delegate to her entourage.

    Is the Met a publicly traded company? Why is Moody rating the Met, which is just a non-profit trying to make ends meet and present opera to the public??
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh British can boo just as good (or foul) as any other.

    In fact play poor enough cricket and we'll even throw a piece of cheese at you.

    That sounds more like Wisconsin. Maybe except for the cricket part...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Yes. Geico can save you 15% in car insurance.

    Now, seriously, poor Montserrat; she is old and frail and could have been spared the shame. Most likely her accountants did something wrong unbeknownst to her; I can't image that such a major singer would pay close attention to accounting matters but would rather delegate to her entourage.

    Is the Met a publicly traded company? Why is Moody rating the Met, which is just a non-profit trying to make ends meet and present opera to the public??
    Re: Montserrat Caballe. If this happened in Spain, the courts there recently went hammer and tongs after the royal family because of a financial 'indiscretion'. I also surmise that the fault would lie with her financial advisors, so it makes me wonder what is going on. Tax problems are nothing new - Birgit Nilsson didn't sing in the U.S. for a number of years during the 1970s because of difficulties with the IRS (U.S. Internal Revenue Service).

    On the Moodys rating the Met thing: the ratings measure the credit quality of an organization's bonds. I guess the 501(c)(3) thing doesn't matter if an organization issues bonds.

    I did a search and, if everyone will forgive me, found an insightful summary of the story on Parterre Box. If you can get over the source, the article is short, to the point and thoughtful:

    http://parterre.com/2014/12/26/moodys-blues/

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    I read on an Amazon thread that Olga Obraztsova had passed.

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    I just read that...

    at 75 years young


    Elena Obraztsova, one of my favourite Azucenas.

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    Glyndebourne On Tour 2015, including

    Saul
    Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    Don Pasquale
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I just read that...

    at 75 years young


    Elena Obraztsova, one of my favourite Azucenas.
    I first encountered her many years ago, watching the video of Carlos Kleiber's 1978 Vienna Carmen, opposite Domingo's Don Jose.

    Requiescat in pace, Elena.


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    Jonas Kaufmann has just confirmed in an interview with Reuters that he'll make his role debut as Verdi's Otello at the Royal Opera House in 2017, with Sir Tony Pappano on the podium. Here's hoping for an eventual DVD release . . .

    http://www.jkaufmann.info/article_en...euters1601.htm

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    Our guidebook to Written on Skin, George Benjamin's superb contemporary opera, is now on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Written-Skin-O...dp/0692379711/

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Our guidebook to Written on Skin, George Benjamin's superb contemporary opera, is now on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Written-Skin-O...dp/0692379711/

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    Congratulations, Luiz.

    Are you planning a Kindle edition?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Congratulations, Luiz.

    Are you planning a Kindle edition?
    Yes, I can put a Kindle edition together in a few hours but I haven't had the time to do it yet. Coming soon.

    I'm traveling to Toronto for the Canadian premiere on March 7. Barbara Hanningan, Christopher Purvers, and George Benjamin will be there (the countertenor is Iestyn Davies). Then I'm planning to watch the fully stage production at the Lincoln Center in August, with again Barbara, Chris, and this time Tim Mead as The Boy, Alan Gilbert conducting.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Yes, I can put a Kindle edition together in a few hours but I haven't had the time to do it yet. Coming soon.

    I'm traveling to Toronto for the Canadian premiere on March 7. Barbara Hanningan, Christopher Purvers, and George Benjamin will be there (the countertenor is Iestyn Davies). Then I'm planning to watch the fully stage production at the Lincoln Center in August, with again Barbara, Chris, and this time Tim Mead as The Boy, Alan Gilbert conducting.
    Yum, all those lovely countertenors.

    I will wait for the Kindle edition. Saves postage to NZ
    Natalie

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    The Huffington Post recently published its definitive guide to opera.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/0...m_medium=email

    The story includes a listing of leading opera houses in the U.S. -- including Cincinnati. The little local company here is doing all right!

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