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uffeviking:
Fans of the New York Metropolitan Opera might not be thrilled about the opinion expressed by Martin Bernheimer in this month's of Opera, but it feels so great to have a very knowledgeable person agree with my opinion, a simple opera lover!  :D

"The new regime at the Metropolitan Opera seems to have decided that opera needs hard-sell promotions to attract Everyman, or even anyman. The broadcasts invariably surround performances with dumbed-down self-congratulatory chatter, while advertisements, announcements and press releases gush overstated platitudes. Take the the case of Jenufa which returned on January 29. The Hollywoodish puff-machine described the vehicle as 'a lyrical and sharp-edged drama'. Karita Mattila, who again undertook the 'tour de force title role, was labelled 'electrifying' and 'glorious'. Anja Silja, cast as the Kostelnicka, had to be content with an all-purpose 'remarkable'. The harking and barking might have been justified had it sold a lot of tickets, but the house yawned with empty seats."

uffeviking:
Simmer down, New York friends, it's not only an American opera house receiving arrows, Germany's Leipzig Opera made the news in this month's Opera in a review written by Bernd Hoppe, who attended a Lohengrin performance:

"A blue curtain, dark as night, with a mysterious eye in the centre created the right mood for a mystical production of Lohengrin. However, the illusion was soon destroyed when the curtain became transparent and a white swan floated into sight above landing lights shining on the floor - an ugly, naked bird, bereft of all poetry and fit only for the oven."

Mahlzeit!  ;D

uffeviking:
Every spring Opera publishes a special issue listing most of the various musical festivals taking place all over the world. Most of them of course are operas, and of the multitude of temptations I would love to attend, there is one of special interest. Maybe our British friends will go there and then tell us all about it.

60th Aldeburgh Festival June 8 - 24. Thomas Adès is Artistic Director. Three events are scheduled, two operas and one recital by Simon Keenlyside. The Benjamin Britten opera Myfanwy Piper, based on the short story by Thomas Mann is directed by the Japanese actor, director and teacher Yoshi Oida. Now there is something out of the ordinary!

Brewski:

--- Quote from: uffeviking on April 13, 2007, 09:23:59 AM ---Every spring Opera publishes a special issue listing most of the various musical festivals taking place all over the world. Most of them of course are operas, and of the multitude of temptations I would love to attend, there is one of special interest. Maybe our British friends will go there and then tell us all about it.

60th Aldeburgh Festival June 8 - 24. Thomas Adès is Artistic Director. Three events are scheduled, two operas and one recital by Simon Keenlyside. The Benjamin Britten opera Myfanwy Piper, based on the short story by Thomas Mann is directed by the Japanese actor, director and teacher Yoshi Oida. Now there is something out of the ordinary!

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Yoshi Oida was the director of the Britten Curlew River I saw last night!  Very well done (see the Britten operas thread). 

--Bruce

karlhenning:

--- Quote from: uffeviking on April 13, 2007, 09:23:59 AM ---The Benjamin Britten opera Myfanwy Piper, based on the short story by Thomas Mann

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You mean the opera Death in Venice, Lis. Myfanwy Piper was the librettist.

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