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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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    I also received one of these missives from Mr. Gelb. I'm really starting to think the Met finally took action against Levine because they could no longer afford to ignore the rumors/allegations in the present sociopolitical climate.

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    The plot thickens:

    James Levine sues Met
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The plot thickens:

    James Levine sues Met
    Indeed it does.

    ... annual salary of $400,000, and $27,000 for each of his performances.
    I didn't think emeriti were paid.
    "You may do it extempore,
    for it is nothing but roaring."

    Peter Quince

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The plot thickens:

    James Levine sues Met
    Why would the Met create a special position for him with a salary of $400,000 if they wanted to get rid of him? The line of attack Mr. Levine is taking makes no sense whatsoever, including, because the Met kept him on board for two years while he wasn't fulfilling his duties. If they truly wanted to get rid of him, that would have been the perfect opportunity: if you can't come to work, it's fair to terminate your contract.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Another interesting article exploring Luiz's points here: clicky
    Natalie

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    Programme for Hvorostovsky Memorial Concert at ROH on 18 March 2018. For some reason ROH didn't advertise it, otherwise I would have tried to get a ticket.

    "You may do it extempore,
    for it is nothing but roaring."

    Peter Quince

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The plot thickens:

    James Levine sues Met
    "The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, states that Mr. Levine 'has clearly and unequivocally denied any wrongdoing in connection with those allegations,' and paints his firing as a result of an effort by the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, 'to oust Levine from the Met and completely erase his legacy from the organization.'"

    I'm having a hard time believing the Met would wade into all this negative publicity simply as a ploy to oust Levine. Perhaps he would be better served by withdrawing from the spotlight.

    At any rate, it's a compelling story. Someone should write an opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Programme for Hvorostovsky Memorial Concert at ROH on 18 March 2018. For some reason ROH didn't advertise it, otherwise I would have tried to get a ticket.

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

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    It's too bad the Vienna State Opera couldn't have conferred the Kammersänger title on Hvorostovsky while he was still alive and could have been appropriately honored.

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    Classical Brit Awards is now the Classic Brit Awards and returns after an absence of five years.

    It's gone from this



    to this


    Press release

    The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games.

    These musical genres are now enjoyed in more ways than ever before and 2018’s Awards will pay tribute to the brightest and the best, celebrate our classic legends and look firmly to the future.

    Announced today for the show on 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall are hosts Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong. Both are presenters on Classic FM and musicians in their own right and this will be Myleene’s 7th Classic BRIT Awards. Alexander is welcomed for the first time and is also one of the genre’s most popular acts with 2 top 10 albums to his name. Apple Music is the official music service for this year’s awards.

    The first performers for the Royal Albert Hall event are also announced today, proving that this music gives rise to global stars, national treasures and exciting new talent.

    Andrea Bocelli is Classic BRIT Awards’ royalty. The biggest selling classical artist of all time, he has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the Royal Family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Known for opera and global crossover hits including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, he recently scored a worldwide Number 1 with Ed Sheeran on the song ‘Perfect Symphony’ and has a very special performance in mind for this year’s ceremony.

    Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record. In 2017, their second album ‘Together Again’ went straight to Number 1 and two sold out arena tours cemented their position as two of Britain’s best loved entertainers and pushed their record sales over 1 million within a year.
    I think I'll suggest that the line-up should also include Paul Potts, Russell Watson, and Katherine Jenkins.
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    beeeuurgkhhhhh!
    Natalie

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    The number of times you're asked if you like Andrea Bocelli when mentioning you like opera is set to rise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post


    The number of times you're asked if you like Andrea Bocelli when mentioning you like opera is set to rise.


    Indeed.
    "You may do it extempore,
    for it is nothing but roaring."

    Peter Quince

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    I just told a guy at work yesterday that people shy away from opera because they don't understand it and that frequently if I mention opera the response will be, "Oh, I have seen Phantom of the Opera." His response was to tell me that Phantom of the Opera is an opera. Ugh.
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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