Whatever happened to Opera Chic?

In the early blogosphere, a young American woman in Milan set the pulses racing with some hot gossip and goings-out in the capital of Italian opera.

We got to meet her, after agreeing not to reveal her name, and liked her a lot.

But the blog fell silent in 2014 and we’ve lost contact. Her Twitter account has been inactive for almost a year.

Whatever happened to Operachic? This is a feed that demands to be reactivated.

 

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  • The blog became extremely shallow, more of a fan magazine without real discussion, as she blocked any posts that disagreed with her. I stopped following it, as I did with parterre, which became very insular and subject to the ranting and personal prejudices of the blog owner. Shame.

  • Er, her identity seems to be on the ROH website, linked to Opera Chic – though no articles!

    http://www.roh.org.uk/news/authors

    Scroll down and click and you get…

    http://www.roh.org.uk/news/authors/courtney-smith

    I assume it’s a case study of how much early blogging has gone: she understandably wanted to get paid for her content, and the blog was not providing that.

    But her work for Bachtrack seems to have dried up too since last year.

    https://bachtrack.com/22/270/list-published/18611

  • I love love loved Opera Chic. I read her obsessively as I was first learning about the opera world. I’ve definitely missed her postings. I read Parterre until every post became ‘so and so actress was born on this day in 1852.’ How does that spark conversation about opera? I’m totally mystified. This is the only opera/classical blog blog I read anymore (along with Opera Lovers of RI).

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