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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Looks like a wonderful cast.
    I'm especially looking forward to hearing Christopher Ventris & Michaela Martens.


    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    And with Kristine Opolais . . . someone we know will be envious!
    Indeed!
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    I'm envious about Christopher Ventris and Pavol Breslik. The former was great in Peter Grimes, Parsifal and both DVDs of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and the latter sang the most beautful Lensky in the "brokeback" Eugene Onegin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Pavol Breslik ... sang the most beautful Lensky in the "brokeback" Eugene Onegin.
    He's singing it at ROH in the new Kasper Holten version in February 2013

    Dir: Kasper Holten Cond: Robin Ticciati
    Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatyana)
    Simon Keenlyside (Eugene Onegin)
    Elena Maximova (Olga)
    Pavol Breslik (Lensky)
    Peter Rose (Prince Gremin)
    Diana Montague (Madame Larina)
    Kathleen Wilkinson (Filipyevna)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    He's singing it at ROH in the new Kasper Holten version in February 2013

    Dir: Kasper Holten Cond: Robin Ticciati
    Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatyana)
    Simon Keenlyside (Eugene Onegin)
    Elena Maximova (Olga)
    Pavol Breslik (Lensky)
    Peter Rose (Prince Gremin)
    Diana Montague (Madame Larina)
    Kathleen Wilkinson (Filipyevna)
    Another great cast! Now I'm envious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Another great cast! Now I'm envious!
    I am very aware how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see singers like these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Another great cast! Now I'm envious!
    So am I. Simon AND Krassimira, how wonderful. You've definitely got tickets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    So am I. Simon AND Krassimira, how wonderful. You've definitely got tickets?
    Yes, for the rehearsal & for performances on 9th & 11th February. Got Radamisto on the 10th so really have got a Keenlyside/Pisaroni sandwich to look forward to.
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    Well, this should be exciting! My next opera trip will take me to one of the world's newest and most exotic, and unlikely, opera cities: Muscat, Oman. It wasn't on the top of my list, but I'll be going to see a certain someone special in an upcoming production at the Royal Opera House there, which just opened in October of 2011.

    And, since the flights there and back connect in Zurich, I'll be stopping to catch Lucia and and Jenufa at the Opernhaus on the way out. We'll have to compare notes sospiro, my first visit too!

    In scoping out the opera schedule for the return trip, the nearest production was Rigoletto at none other than La Scala featuring none other than Vittorio Grigolo with none other than Gustavo Dudamel conducting. That combination seemed like a good enough excuse for a quick diversion across the Alps to Milan on the way home. I nabbed one of the few remaining tickets - in one of those notoriously overpriced and view-obstructed side boxes, but I have everything reason to believe it will be worth the cost and the strained back from contorting to see the a corner of the stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Well, this should be exciting! My next opera trip will take me to one of the world's newest and most exotic, and unlikely, opera cities: Muscat, Oman. It wasn't on the top of my list, but I'll be going to see a certain someone special in an upcoming production at the Royal Opera House there, which just opened in October of 2011.
    Wow! No expense will have been spared in the building of that house so I'm sure the acoustics will be superb. Who is the certain someone?


    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    And, since the flights there and back connect in Zurich, I'll be stopping to catch Lucia and and Jenufa at the Opernhaus on the way out. We'll have to compare notes sospiro, my first visit too!
    The seating capacity is only 1100 & someone described it as ' a little gem' so we shall see!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    In scoping out the opera schedule for the return trip, the nearest production was Rigoletto at none other than La Scala featuring none other than Vittorio Grigolo with none other than Gustavo Dudamel conducting. That combination seemed like a good enough excuse for a quick diversion across the Alps to Milan on the way home. I nabbed one of the few remaining tickets - in one of those notoriously overpriced and view-obstructed side boxes, but I have everything reason to believe it will be worth the cost and the strained back from contorting to see the a corner of the stage.
    La Scala is on my list but not sure when I'll go.

    Did you read this? The most expensive opera tickets in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Wow! No expense will have been spared in the building of that house so I'm sure the acoustics will be superb. Who is the certain someone?
    Well, it's an emerging artist cast (albeit a substantial one, handpicked by Lorin Maazel) and for the moment the certain special someone is more special to me than to the opera world in general.

    The seating capacity is only 1100 & someone described it as ' a little gem' so we shall see!!!
    Yup, I'm curious too. Did you use the 3D viewer on the Opernhaus ticket site? Almost like being there! More than just a single still pic. More than a 360 degree view, you can pan all the way up and down too. Amazing quality, if there were a spot on the carpet or a fly on the ceiling, you'd be able to see it! I read a visitor review that warned about obstructed views in Zurich too, so I spent a good bit of time scoping out prospective seats.

    Ha! Well now I don't feel so bad. I'm in one of those € 2,400 seats (or stools, actually) in the 2nd row of the 3rd circle. This will be the opening night for Rigoletto, but fortunately they don't have premiere night pricing. ...Speaking of expensive, the Opernhaus rivals La Scala for regular ticket prices.
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    Great to see you are keeping this topic alive. Keep posting those plans !

    I had no idea there was an opera house in Muscat, it certainly looks amazing.

    Meanwhile I got mail from Milan, my ticket to Boheme :-) O, I just can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Some weeks ago I checked out the prices at the Met for L'Elisir d'Amore ... $460 for a parterre seat !! Then I found out it was the opening night. Still, this is a huge amount.

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    I didnt go to the opera house but Muscat is a lovely town enjoy it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Some weeks ago I checked out the prices at the Met for L'Elisir d'Amore ... $460 for a parterre seat !! Then I found out it was the opening night. Still, this is a huge amount.
    Blimey! I would have expected champagne cocktails & dinner with the artists for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Meanwhile I got mail from Milan, my ticket to Boheme :-) O, I just can't wait.
    Just got my Rigoletto ticket yesterday too. It's funny, the envelope is impressive but the ticket itself looks like it was printed on a circa-1996 bubble-jet printer about to run out of ink.

    The other tickets for my trip are all bar-coded print-at-home pdf's sent via email. While those are super convenient, I do like having an old-fashioned ticket in my hand.

    Some weeks ago I checked out the prices at the Met for L'Elisir d'Amore ... $460 for a parterre seat !! Then I found out it was the opening night. Still, this is a huge amount.
    Actually, that's pretty much the regular price for center parterre at the Met. But you can get a front seat in a side parterre box for $130-$150 and side and rear orchestra seats for even less.

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