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Met Opera 2014-2015 Season


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#61 abatt

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:04 AM

Oddly, the other day at the Koch they dispensed with bag checks at the front door, but placed numerous security guards in front of the theater.  If you're paying lip service to security, why not  continue with the superficial bag inspection at the front doors.



#62 kfw

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:05 AM

More bad news -- this is distressing.

 

Here's a little something to look forward to, something a lockout is unlikely to scuttle. On October 10 the Guggenheim's Works & Progress series will present a The Death of Klinghoffer program (discussion and excerpts) with director Tom Morris, conductor David Robertson, and undisclosed Met singers. It will be streamed live at Guggenheim.org/live. 



#63 Helene

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

According to the Wall Street journal, the Met has come to an agreement with the singers and orchestra. By singers, I'm assuming the author means chorus, since the other singers aren't employees, but independent contractors:

http://online.wsj.co...bers-1408359677

The basic terms are that the singers and orchestra will take a 3.5% cut now and a second 3.5% cut in six months, with from where the cuts will come still to be ironed out. They won't see a raise for another 4.5 years (3%). The health benefits and pension terms remain the same, unless both parties agree to changes in the Fall.

The article says that negotiations with the stagehands have been less contentious, and that the stagehands union was waiting to see what would happen in the negotiations with the singers and orchestra.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

I'm sad to think that they need to make these cuts, but relieved that they've managed to get this far.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

All of the unions have now settled.  The last groups to settle were the costume, wig, makeup, and other similar unions. They took similar packages to what the chorus/orchestra got.  No strike, season will commence as scheduled.  It's bizarre that they didn't call in this mediator until the last minute. 

 

FYI, Marina Poplavskaya has dropped out of the the new production of Nozze due to unspecified health issues.  She has been replaced by someone I have not heard of.  Check the Met website fior details.



#66 Helene

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:49 AM

Amanda Majeski will sing the Countess in all performances.  She was already on the schedule for the role later in the run:

 

http://www.wqxr.org/...ya-out-majeski/

 

I look forward to hearing her in the Met in HD performance.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:38 PM

Got a happy, dappy email from Met Opera about tickets being on sale for "Death of Klinghoffer," after they've pulled it from the HD, and, despite multiple performances of the same cast of other operas on Sirius XM, not a single broadcast of this opera on satellite radio.  (The Saturday broadcasts begin in December, after the last performance of "Klinghoffer" in November. Just great.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:17 PM

I have tickets to the Klinghoffer opening. Should be quite an, uh, event.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:23 AM

Got a happy, dappy email from Met Opera about tickets being on sale for "Death of Klinghoffer," after they've pulled it from the HD, and, despite multiple performances of the same cast of other operas on Sirius XM, not a single broadcast of this opera on satellite radio.  

 

What's odd is that they've promoted - well, at least once - during intermission.

 

In any case, Yale News reports that 

 

There will be an open conversation between Adams and Peter Salovey, president of Yale, moderated by Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. The event . . .  will be available to view on livestream.


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:10 AM

Got a happy, dappy email from Met Opera about tickets being on sale for "Death of Klinghoffer," after they've pulled it from the HD, and, despite multiple performances of the same cast of other operas on Sirius XM, not a single broadcast of this opera on satellite radio.  (The Saturday broadcasts begin in December, after the last performance of "Klinghoffer" in November. Just great.

 

Fiddlesticks.



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:15 AM

The Met is waiving all service charges for all performances of Klinghoffer. TCMET14 is the code to use for waiver of the service charges.



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 05:01 AM

 

Got a happy, dappy email from Met Opera about tickets being on sale for "Death of Klinghoffer," after they've pulled it from the HD, and, despite multiple performances of the same cast of other operas on Sirius XM, not a single broadcast of this opera on satellite radio.  (The Saturday broadcasts begin in December, after the last performance of "Klinghoffer" in November. Just great.

 

Fiddlesticks.

 

 

Peter Gelb, a profile in courage.....



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 09:39 AM

Peter Gelb, a profile in courage.....

 

Or a cynical, canny marketer who got free publicity worth $$$$$$.



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:22 AM

If such were true, it would go well beyond "canniness" or possibly even cynicism. It is quite true that you can't buy this kind of publicity, but then few would, I suspect.



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:50 AM

Giuliani is planning to protest:

http://www.theguardi...inghoffer-opera

 

and I'd guess that Gelb is tickled pink at how this is all playing out.




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