Hope you have a wonderful time at the performance.
There was nearly a tragedy in the La Scala shop. As I walked in my credit card gave a mournful howl & tried to commit suicide .. but I saved him just in time.
Returned for a short moment today. There is pretty impressive row at the ticket office, after asking someone I found out that there are still 100 places available for tonight's performance.
And here's what my trip is all about:
We need a crazy, deranged smiley.
Last edited by Couchie; Oct-19-2012 at 16:00.
Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?
I must admit that it occurred to me after seeing Barenboim's Tristan at the Met that I was unlikely to experience anything quite as exquisite again before I breathed my last.
My route to work takes me behind Orchestra Hall here in Chicago. This morning they were setting up for an HD broadcast of the all-star World Orchestra for Peace concert in honor of the Solti Centennial on Sunday with arias by Angela Gheorghiu and René Pape under the baton of Valery Gergiev. I looked into tickets a few weeks ago, but its a stretch for both schedule and budget in the midst of a busy, expensive month.
After a good night's sleep I'm ready to share my expercience at La Scala. I arrived very unfashionably early... So I had to wait before I could enter the theater. Killed some time in the shop.
First of all, the singing was absolutely superb in all the roles. Capitanucci is a remarkable new singer to me with a beautiful voice. No need to tell you the leading roles were outstanding. It is amazing to hear Netrebko live. She fills the entire theater with that big voice. The colours of her voice are so rich, all the way through the dynamic range.
The production is a classic by Zeffirelli, no punkgirl Mimi here. The 2nd act is overwhelming with all that action and so many people on that small stage. At some points, you miss some parts because there's so much happening. I was surprised to see a living horse passing by on stage !
The lasts scenes of La Boheme always get me. It was so moving that I had to dry my eyes at the end.
I sat on the pletea, the seats are very small. Actually the whole experience was very intimate, it seems that everything in La Scala is smaller than in other theaters. There was some early clapping, which I always find very annoying. At some points members of the audience were hissing to stop some early clapper. That worked.
There were many curtain calls, and some flowers were thrown on stage when Netrebko appeared for the first call with a thunder of bravos. And that included me.
I left the theater with all those lovely melodies in my head. It was an amazing night.
Last edited by Dongiovanni; Oct-20-2012 at 10:02.
Grigolo is already far on his way to stardom. After hearing Bezcela live I can only wonder why he is not that famous. His voice is simply sublime.
Keep us informed !
I would say Beczala is actually a bigger star really, works in top houses all over the world. I LOVED his recent Boheme in SalzburgAfter hearing Bezcela live I can only wonder why he is not that famous. His voice is simply sublime.
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Yup, opening night seemed like a good occasion to spring for a slick new suit, which I am picking up tonight. Ugh, and now the online box office is showing ~10 seats available in the rear/side stalls. I'm almost tempted to nab one of those and attempt to resell my box seat.
I'm very curious about Grigolo. I've only seen his ROH Faust and Rigoletto in Mantua film in cinemacast. He is beguiling in both, to say the least. Looks great on camera and sounds great too (with the benefit of a mic and sound level adjustment). I've heard his is a lighter voice though, so we'll see. And I've seen Dudamel conduct several times in Chicago, honestly some of the most exciting and unforgettable musical experiences of my life.
Star quality for sure:
I think Piotr was in better form at La Scala last Friday than the broadcast I heard of the Salzburg Boheme. But it's hard to compare a (not so good) broadcast with a live performance.
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