Placido Domingo: New York City Opera Demise Would Be A ‘tragedy’

L.A. Opera through the years

Police said Tuesday morning it remains unclear what caused the confrontation that led to the assault on Alexian Lien. Lien, 33, was left bloodied and had to be hospitalized. But investigators are studying a 6-minute helmet-cam video that shows part of the chase and cuts off just before Lien is pulled out of his luxury SUV and beaten by the mob, The New York Post reported. NYPD confirmed the arrest of a biker who they say was involved in the initial accident. Christopher Cruz, 28, was charged with reckless endangerment, menacing, reckless driving and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. Cruz, who was uninjured, was in custody awaiting arraignment Tuesday and hadn’t been assigned a lawyer. A second suspect — Allen Edwards, 42, of Queens — believed to be the man seen on video striking the Range Rover windows with his fists, surrendered to police on Tuesday. He was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer. Law enforcement sources told the New York Post Tuesday that the bikers were trying to slow Lien down so they could get in front of him and take over the West Side Highway. Some bikers had already blocked off a few of the highway’s entrances to prevent drivers from entering, the sources said. Liens first encounter with the bikers shows a group of them taking off their helmets and denting the side of Liens SUV, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told The Post.

When renowned tenor Placido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in “Don Rodrigo,” “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly.” “My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride,” Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times. New York’s second largest opera company currently faces imminent bankruptcy as an emergency fundraising campaign to raise $7 million by the end of September has fallen significantly short of its goal. The company is expected to declare bankruptcy early this week, cutting short its 2013-14 season. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years The expected closure of City Opera — whether it be temporary or permanent — is seen as a major blow to New York’s cultural community. Earlier this month the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million toward its $7 million goal. But the online campaign has brought in less than $300,000 in pledges as of Monday. City Opera, which was formerly located at Lincoln Center , has faced serious financial problems for the past several years and has recently presented scaled-back seasons at venues around New York. During its heyday it nurtured the early careers of such notable singers as Domingo and the late Beverly Sills . “It would be an absolute tragedy for that legacy to come to an end,” said Domingo,in statements sent by his spokeswoman. The tenor is currently conducting performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at Los Angeles Opera, where he is general director. Here are Domingo’s full statements about City Opera: “I have strong personal feelings about New York City Opera. I had my first really important New York engagements with City Opera in the mid-1960s, I sang the U.S. premiere of Ginasteras ‘Don Rodrigo’ there, and I even toured with City Opera — in fact I made my debut in Los Angeles, which has played such an important part in my life, with City Opera, before LA had a major company of its own. And I am only one among many, many singers who have had essential early training and encouragement with this company over the 70 years of its existence. CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat “I think its terrible that a city as big and as wealthy as New York cant support a second major opera company one that is able to take risks with repertoire, engage relatively inexperienced singers, and make other experiments in a way that a huge ensemble like the Met simply cant do. This is the role that it has filled in the past and it would be a shame if it cant continue to fill it in the future… “My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride.

Why the New York Knicks Made a Big Mistake with Grunwald Demotion

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Malik – 2013-10-01T19:06:36Z Spot wholesale electricity jumped to a three-week high on the New York grid, sending the premium of Western region to a record over New York City , as unusually warm weather boosted demand while supplies near Buffalo dropped. Prices topped $400 a megawatt-hour in Manhattan and more than $1,300 in the western most part of the grid operated by the New York Independent System Operator Inc. Power demand in the state rose 4.6 percent at 2:35 p.m. from a day earlier amid transmission bottlenecks. Spot on-peak prices in the West traded at an average premium of $135.03 to New York City at 2 p.m., the most in grid data compiled by Bloomberg going back to 2005. The high temperature in Midtown Manhattan today may be 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius), 10 above normal, and Buffalo may be 7 higher than average at 65 degrees, according to ACcuWeather Inc. in State College , Pennsylvania. Things are always kind of odd this time of the year when you get warmer-than-normal weather, said Kate Trischitta, director of trading at Consolidated Edison Inc.s wholesale energy trading unit in Valhalla, New York. You have a lot of generators taking their annual outages for maintenance as well as transmission outages. Spot power for New York City jumped $163.71 to average $196.67 a megawatt-hour during the hour ended at 2 p.m. from the same time yesterday, the grid data show. The NYISOs West zone, which includes Buffalo, prices surged $484.93 to $515.23 a megawatt-hour. Coal Plant A 650-megawatt coal-fired unit at the Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania , is offline for planned maintenance, said Matthew Oatway, a Boston-based analyst with Genscape Inc., which tracks power data. The plant is operated and maintained by NRG Energy Corp., according to its website . Reduced supplies from Homer City, which sends power into the NYISOs West zone via the Stolle Road high-voltage line, and the outage of a small-area generating unit, are curtailing imports at times, Oatway said. Its a very local issue thats spilling over to the rest of the grid. West zone prices started to swing to a premium to New York City at times this year after NRG mothballed its Dunkirk coal-fired units late last year.

Western New York Power at Record Premium to NYC on Supply Drop

I agree with Kaplans assessment of Grunwalds tenure in New York. He has done a fantastic job tooling together a contending team despite the cap-limits the Knicks have been forced to deal with. This offseason alone proves Grunwalds worth to New York. Despite financial restrictions, the former general manager brought in seven new players and re-signed three. While some of Grunwalds moves can be considered risky, such as the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a deal centered around a 2014 first-round pick , most of his decisions seem to be low-risk, high-reward. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports Glen Grunwald was demoted after putting together New York’s 2013-14 roster. He decided to bring in Metta World Peace to serve as a defensive stopper alongside Iman Shumpert. Grunwalds decision to sign point guard Beno Udrih to back up Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni gives New York a proven ball-handler and game manager. He also signed two big men in Jeremy Tyler and, more recently, Cole Aldrich to increase New Yorks frontcourt depth. Aside from the Bargnani trade, Grunwald made smart, savvy decisions to improve a Knicks roster that was ousted in the second round of the playoffs against a more physical Indiana Pacers team. He did what he needed to do to make the Knicks a more physical team capable of matching up against big, strong teams such as Indiana and the Chicago Bulls . Not only has Grunwald improved the Knicks roster during his tenure with New York, but he has also helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs, which no general manager had done in New York in over a decade, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News said via twitter. Glen Grunwald did a lot with the little he had to work with. Knicks snapped a 13-year streak of not winning a playoff series…and he’s out Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 26, 2013 And what is Grunwalds reward for his efforts? A demotion to an advisory role.