Peter Gelb has conceded defeat in plans to bring Salzburg’s 2013 Meistersinger to the Met.

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But Stefan Herheim’s production won’t fit the Met stage and the fashionable Norwegian director, 46, has broken up with his set designer, creating further snags. (More twists here).

So the Met’s going to have to borrow Harry Kupfer’s Meistersinger from Zurich.


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Many congratulations to Iestyn Davies, who got married yesterday to Gemma Lawley.

Two Moscow students have been fined 10,000 rubles each for playing their instrument in Manege Square.

The offence: Organizing mass simultaneous gathering in public places, causing public disorder” (Art. 1, Art. 20.2.2 of the Administrative Code).

Lyuba Startseva and Violeta Mihaylova are considering an appeal.


Sergio Roberto de Oliveira is one of Brazil’s leading composers, twice nominated for a Latin Grammy.

He has been on the sharp end of a chilling diagnosis.

He has decided to face it down with a video diary, starting this week.

He speaks Portuguese, but the communication is intense enough to be universally comprehensible.