Over the extended weekend:
- Who is listening to American Opera? The Washington Post continues their look with part 2, of their 2 part series.
- Los Angeles Opera's Ring is now over. How did it do? It lost $6 million, sold at 80% capacity and the good news...
- Who's calling the shots at the Met?
- La Scala's Barber of Seville director abruptly quit the production yesterday.
- The Italian bass Cesare Siepi passed away yesterday at 87. He was an inspiration to our frequent singer Ferruccio Furlanetto who had this to add when contacted yesterday evening:
CESARE SIEPI HAS BEEN THE GREATEST INSPIRATION OF MY CAREER, NOT ONLY WHEN I WAS AT THE BEGINNING BUT THROUGH OUT MY 36 YEARS SO FAR AND IT WILL BE FOR THE REST OF MY TIME. HE WILL BE THE MOST LUMINOUS MODEL TO FOLLOW FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF BASSES AND SINGERS IN GENERAL,FROM THE VOCAL POINT OF VIEW AND AS A SINGING ACTOR. HE HAD A SPLENDID LONG LIFE AND A WONDERFUL FAMILY,THIS IS LIFE,BUT IT IS ALWAYS TERRIBLY SAD TO SAY GOOD BYE TO SUCH A HUMAN BEING AND ARTIST.