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    He doesn't sound nasal to me, which I guess means I don't think he is nasal. And I have heard people I DO think are nasal.

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    I don't think he sounds nasal.

    The one who DOES sometimes is JDF.
    Natalie

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    What's with La Scala stagings that they're often so dark? Can't those folks afford some light bulbs?
    Last edited by Almaviva; Aug-21-2011 at 03:52.
    "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
    What's with La Scala stagings that they're often so dark? Can't those folks afford some light bulbs?
    I know - particularly the 80s ones. Makes for gloomy watching.
    Natalie

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    Verdi's Requiem Prom on TV tonight & will watch & record

    Found the comments on here interesting
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Verdi's Requiem Prom on TV tonight & will watch & record

    Found the comments on here interesting
    Aren't you going to watch the live stream of Turn of the Screw from Glyndebourne tonight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Aren't you going to watch the live stream of Turn of the Screw from Glyndebourne tonight?
    It's VERDI! And Annie! Whaddaya think?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    It's VERDI! And Annie! Whaddaya think?
    True. Good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    It's VERDI! And Annie! Whaddaya think?
    I am so predictable...

    Anyway my internet speed is very slow & remembering what happened with the Fidelio stream from Munich, I may not be able to enjoy (if that's the right word) Turn of the Screw.
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragendeFrau View Post
    NON-German* fans of Jonas Kaufmann will need the brain bleach after this one!

    The leisure suit! (hard to believe this is 2001) the belt! the hair! the sunglasses as headband! the lip-synching! the acting/smiling...?! He goes for the high note at the end, though. Nowadays he doesn't need to prove himself.

    Du bist die welt für mich, from a 2001 "Springtime in Vienna" program

    Follow the link, click on "Jonas Kaufmann" upper left for a pulldown menu, then click on "Du bist die welt für mich" if you DARE!

    *for German/Austrian fans, this is all in a normal day's work. If you've lived in another country, ever notice how there are certain cultural things that just. don't. transfer?
    FF, another gem! Thanks again!

    In 2001, I was just in the process of "discovering" JK. He'd received a pretty favorable review from the magazine "Opernwelt" for his performance as Paer's Florestano in Winterthur, and the critic's description of his "dunkel leuchtend" lyric tenor made me curious enough to hunt for information on the web. I found an audio recording -- Loewe's Die Drei Wünsche -- with him and ordered it; remembered thinking "Wow!" when I first heard his voice. In Fall of 2001, he made his American debut as Cassio with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. I didn't go (and wanted to kick myself afterward), but did hear the radio broadcast; again thought "Wow!" (also thought his voice sounded darker than that of the Otello, Ben Heppner). When he returned to Chicago in March, 2003, to sing Alfredo, I made it to the Windy City that time . . . and I've been hooked ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Verdi's Requiem Prom on TV tonight & will watch & record
    Strange. Back in my senior year, my high school had a Requiem Prom.

    In retrospect, they might have chosen a better theme.

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    From Intermezzo:

    Jonas Kaufmann has revealed exactly why he's withdrawn from the Bologna Opera tour of Japan next month. A letter published on the promoter Fuji's website (and reproduced in full below) reveals he needs an operation to remove a node from his chest.

    He hints at the possibility the node may be cancerous. Let's all hope not.

    "Dear Friends,

    I regret very much having to tell you that I will unfortunately not be able to sing the performances of Carmen for you next month. I was so looking forward to coming to Japan now and I want to assure everyone that this decision has nothing do with the difficult issues you have had to face in Japan in these last months. The fact is that I need to have an operation to remove a node in my thoracic area. I do not wish anyone to become alarmed reading this, but my physicians have ordered me to have the surgery as soon as possible. This will take place after my appearance in Stockholm on September 2. I am pretty sure that the results of the histological examination will come up "benign" but as I said, this procedure could not be further delayed.

    I am extremely sorry I must cancel my trip to Japan and thus disappoint many friends. From my previous appearances in Japan, I have the most lovely memories of the audience there as especially enthusiastic, knowledgeable and kind. I have always regarded the great affection lavished on me there as an exceptional honor. I therefore hope for the understanding of those of you who empathize with my situation, or who may even have been in a similar position themselves, and I hope to come to you as soon as possible in the future.

    With warm regards,
    Jonas Kaufmann"


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    Oh dear. I hope it will be all right.

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    All the best, Jonas!

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    This is horrible news. That poor man and his family must be going through hell with worry. I hope the surgery will go well, and he'll make a full, fast recovery.

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