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    My unwatched pile is down to 38, yay!!!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    My unwatched pile is down to 38, yay!!!
    12 on order then ..
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    Well looky here what I picked up at the ROH shop today.



    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Well looky here what I picked up at the ROH shop today.



    See??? I was right!!!
    This will only harden the fish I'm preparing for 2012 if you know what I mean.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    See??? I was right!!!
    This will only harden the fish I'm preparing for 2012 if you know what I mean.
    Dunno if you are aware, Alma, but dead fish tend to soften with time....
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Dunno if you are aware, Alma, but dead fish tend to soften with time....
    And then they harden. A lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    And then they harden. A lot.
    Bombay Duck - yum

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Dunno if you are aware, Alma, but dead fish tend to soften with time....
    I may use a huge bronze sculpture of a fish. I mean, *after* Annie gives us our tickets for Les Troyens; I wouldn't want to knock her out before that.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    ... I mean, *after* Annie gives us our tickets for Les Troyens ..
    That's given me a few more ideas. Which Traviata got the most votes ..... ?
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    Hmm... Anna's version got 6 votes and the runners-up got 3 each so you can't change the outcome on your own...
    [Almaviva continues to examine several different bronze statues of fish]
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    These are the two last days of my MetPlayer subscription so I'm trying to watch a couple of video files.



    I have just watched the Gala feature that is there, with Renée Fleming doing one act of three different operas - La Traviata, Manon, and Capriccio. I skipped Capriccio which I saw recently on Met in HD. I must say that her Violetta and her Manon are up there with Anna's, and the productions are phenomenal. I'm not sure if they exist separetely on DVD, will investigate.

    OK, it looks like Renée has two Traviatas on DVD, one with Villazón, and one with Calleja.
    In this Gala video she is with Ramón Vargas (who sings Alfredo beautifully, much better than in another one I have with him and Draculette).

    Does anybody know if either one of the Renée Traviatas is the same production of the one in the Gala video? I mean, I know it's different singers, but the production itself (scenarios, etc.). Chances are it isn't, because one is by the ROH and the other one by San Francisco Opera, but sometimes these productions travel.

    Same thing with her Manon, on DVD it's an Opéra de Paris production.
    Last edited by Almaviva; May-30-2011 at 23:55.
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    My subscription to MetPlayer is over. I watched some 10 operas in 6 months, paid $49.99 for the semester. I could have used it a lot more but never found the time. I didn't even make the flat price work for me, since I ended up paying per opera as much as I'd have paid for pay-per-view.

    This limited exploration however left me with a burning question:

    What in the hell explains the Met's strategy for releasing DVDs of their productions? And can we do something about it? Like, collect signatures and send a complaint to them?

    Why o why they have such gorgeous productions there that never see the light of the day on a DVD store, while they release several mediocre productions?

    Examples are many, but just for starters:

    Phenomenal Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Didonato, Floréz, and a whole dream team in all main roles.
    Spectacular Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Calleja, Netrebko, Kathleen Kim in a lively and creative staging
    Epic, sublime, groundbreaking La Damnation de Faust staged by Lepage

    These don't get released... meanwhile we get that horribly confusing stupid idea for La Sonnambula with the opera inside the opera, wasting the talents of Floréz and Dessay... and some sub-par Aidas.

    Mr. Peter Gelb, are you listening?

    Is there anything we fans can do to reverse this situation? Any suggestions, folks?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    My subscription to MetPlayer is over. I watched some 10 operas in 6 months, paid $49.99 for the semester. I could have used it a lot more but never found the time. I didn't even make the flat price work for me, since I ended up paying per opera as much as I'd have paid for pay-per-view.

    This limited exploration however left me with a burning question:

    What in the hell explains the Met's strategy for releasing DVDs of their productions? And can we do something about it? Like, collect signatures and send a complaint to them?

    Why o why they have such gorgeous productions there that never see the light of the day on a DVD store, while they release several mediocre productions?

    Examples are many, but just for starters:

    Phenomenal Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Didonato, Floréz, and a whole dream team in all main roles.
    Spectacular Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Calleja, Netrebko, Kathleen Kim in a lively and creative staging
    Epic, sublime, groundbreaking La Damnation de Faust staged by Lepage

    These don't get released... meanwhile we get that horribly confusing stupid idea for La Sonnambula with the opera inside the opera, wasting the talents of Floréz and Dessay... and some sub-par Aidas.

    Mr. Peter Gelb, are you listening?

    Is there anything we fans can do to reverse this situation? Any suggestions, folks?
    This certainly expresses my views on the Met "strategy" admirably. I'd like to take Gelb and shake him till his teeth rattle and he listens to sense.
    Natalie

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    Default Question on Ballet music / Ballet DVDs

    Perhaps I've overlooked the threads on TC, but am I right that no attention is being given to ballet DVDs and ballet music as such? When I'm right, shouldn't it be the task of the operalovers to take care of this child from the opera (ballet has sprung out of French opera, hasn't it)? Operahouses do put ballet as well on stage next to opera, don't they? And there a lot of ballet DVDs around....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    Perhaps I've overlooked the threads on TC, but am I right that no attention is being given to ballet DVDs and ballet music as such? When I'm right, shouldn't it be the task of the operalovers to take care of this child from the opera (ballet has sprung out of French opera, hasn't it)? Operahouses do put ballet as well on stage next to opera, don't they? And there a lot of ballet DVDs around....
    You are right, there appears to be little interest here.

    Personally I have limited interest in ballet unless it is part of an opera. And even then I often find it interrupts the flow of the story.

    However there may be other enthusiasts to join you!
    Natalie

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