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Re: General Opera News
« Reply #560 on: March 14, 2012, 03:19:22 AM »
Is it a decent piece of music?
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« Reply #561 on: March 15, 2012, 09:23:43 AM »
Yes, but is it a decent piece of music?
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« Reply #562 on: March 15, 2012, 10:54:22 AM »
Yes, but is it a decent piece of music?

I found this  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbKmF7KkB5Q  It didn't do much for me, but what do I know? I liked Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles, contemporary operas that weren't much liked by the critics.

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« Reply #563 on: March 15, 2012, 07:07:06 PM »
I found this  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbKmF7KkB5Q  It didn't do much for me, but what do I know? I liked Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles, contemporary operas that weren't much liked by the critics.

I remember trying to listen to Ghosts of Versailles on a rather scratchy FM radio when it took its turn on the Met Saturday afternoon broadcasts.  I'm not sure if I liked what the radio let me hear, but I certainly couldn't understand why people seemed to be knocking it, and almost everything I have heard by Corigliano since then has struck me as being at a minimum decent music.   Has GoV ever been released on audio or DVD?

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« Reply #564 on: March 17, 2012, 04:06:27 AM »
  Has GoV ever been released on audio or DVD?

The Met production with Stratas, Fleming and Horne was definitely available on video and laserdisc. I don't know whether it ever made it to DVD though.
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« Reply #565 on: March 17, 2012, 09:24:12 AM »
The Met production [of The Ghosts of Versailles] with Stratas, Fleming and Horne was definitely available on video and laserdisc. I don't know whether it ever made it to DVD though.

It was released as part of the Levine 40th anniversary box.  It's now available separately as well (in the U.S., at least):

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ghosts-Versailles-Metropolitan-Recording/dp/B0064R55VC/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1332004709&sr=1-1
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« Reply #566 on: March 23, 2012, 09:29:48 AM »
That's the last scene from the 1st act of the very first opera (Donnerstag) in the cycle which was written between 1977-1980 and staged by La Scalla in 1981. Each opera in the cycle is completely different. The one I am posting about (Mittwoch) was written between 1995-1998 and is getting staged this summer at the Olympics 2012.

I know James. But: Is it good music?
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« Reply #567 on: March 25, 2012, 01:52:37 PM »
http://www.dongiovannitheopera.com/index.html

Don't quite know what to say about this. The updating bothers me far less than the reassignment of roles. Apart from the Don, all the other roles are assigned to the opposite gender. I really cannot imagine Donna Anna's Non mi dir, sung by a tenor!. And what on earth happens to the ensembles?

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« Reply #568 on: March 26, 2012, 03:46:23 AM »
http://www.dongiovannitheopera.com/index.html

Don't quite know what to say about this. The updating bothers me far less than the reassignment of roles. Apart from the Don, all the other roles are assigned to the opposite gender. I really cannot imagine Donna Anna's Non mi dir, sung by a tenor!. And what on earth happens to the ensembles?

Yikes!  Fortunately, Mozart and da Ponte will survive long after this production's an unpleasant memory.  There was a similar, all-male Così fan tutte tutti, a few years back.  There was also a "gay" production of Wedekind's Lulu plays.
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« Reply #569 on: April 12, 2012, 07:06:13 AM »
I may well be going to that Don... I'll let you know how it is.
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« Reply #570 on: April 12, 2012, 09:28:28 AM »
I may well be going to that Don... I'll let you know how it is.

I'm in Cape Town now and won't be back till the end of May, so will miss it. Though I abhor the idea of gender switching on musical grounds, (aside form the arias, what on earth will it do to the sublime ensembles) the idea in itself sounds very interesting. I look forward to your reaction.

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« Reply #571 on: April 14, 2012, 01:32:16 AM »
I'm in Cape Town now and won't be back till the end of May, so will miss it. Though I abhor the idea of gender switching on musical grounds, (aside form the arias, what on earth will it do to the sublime ensembles) the idea in itself sounds very interesting. I look forward to your reaction.

Are you going to Les Troyens by the way? Fastest selling ROH production ever!
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« Reply #572 on: April 14, 2012, 01:24:51 PM »
Are you going to Les Troyens by the way? Fastest selling ROH production ever!

If it's selling that fast, I doubt it. Just tried accessing booking on the web from here in Cape Town, and the site seems to be down.

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« Reply #573 on: April 14, 2012, 02:42:44 PM »
It's sold out. But you'll obviously be able to get tickets on the day, by queuing. I can't wait.
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Yes, even Edgar and Le villi.

This from a company that hasn't had a Nozze di Figaro since 1974, and has never done Così fan tutte, or anything older than Figaro.  Still, it'll be interesting to see if it actually happens.  They replaced what was to have been their first Manon Lescaut a few season ago with a "Love & Lust" concert.

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« Reply #575 on: April 27, 2012, 11:42:08 PM »
Frankly, it all looks a bit grim. Don P and Puccini. I don't see how a company can avoid Mozart so assiduously yet expect to gain a decent reputation. I guess I ought to look for the whole season before I make any judgements.

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« Reply #576 on: April 28, 2012, 02:01:39 AM »
Frankly, it all looks a bit grim. Don P and Puccini. I don't see how a company can avoid Mozart so assiduously yet expect to gain a decent reputation. I guess I ought to look for the whole season before I make any judgements.

We're talking Mobile, Alabama here.  Don Pasquale and Fanciulla ARE the whole season!  Actually, it's first one in a while that's actually excited me, Fanciulla being one of my favorites (and I've never seen it live).  My other local(ish) companies aren't doing any better:  Pensacola has Barbiere, Tosca, and a semi-staged Sweeney Todd, New Orleans another Barbiere, Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, and, if you're willing to pay extra (I'm not), a Domingo gala.  I'm thinking about trying to go to Santa Fe in August for all five operas they're giving:  Tosca, Pêcheurs de perles, Maometto II, Król Roger, and Arabella.
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« Reply #577 on: April 28, 2012, 09:37:54 AM »
Santa Fe sounds like the way to go. I am sure it is hard going for a lot of opera companies to risk anything demanding that does not guarantee a full box office.

I really ought to take more advantage of what is around me.

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« Reply #578 on: May 26, 2012, 01:34:02 AM »


Pathetic, Peter Gelb?
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Peter Gelb, and with him the Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed “an 8-hour New Coke/Coca-Cola Classic day” last week… an inadvertent (yet perfectly predictable)
PR debacle about alleged censorship. The background is best provided by Dan Wakin in the New York Times, here. Shortly after that came the turn-around
(well covered here and here and here) – although Gelb’s “I think [!] I made a mistake” (emphasis mine) confession will hardly undo much of the damage...

http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/05/pathetic-peter-gelb.html[/url]

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« Reply #579 on: July 07, 2012, 06:10:29 AM »
SFO's new production of The Magic Flute was wonderful! Every performer was first-rate, especially Norman Reinhardt (subbing for Nathaniel Peake as Tamino), whose creamy smooth voice makes him the best sounding tenor I've ever heard! But the real star of this production is artist Jun Kaneko. His set and costume design was out of this world, fabulously beautiful and inventive! (The video clips and photos at the link below don't begin to do his work justice.)

http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/2011-2012-Season/The-Magic-Flute.aspx#media-videos
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