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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    If these Wagnerians you met said it was among the best Tristan's they had seen, then that's another justification for a purely aural experience.
    They were actually talking about the musical performance. I think they liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I'm in Amsterdam next April for Macbeth. Will you be going to see that?
    You sure plan ahead ! I had not even checked out the new season at Amsterdam. Do you already have a ticket ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    They were actually talking about the musical performance. I think they liked it.
    It is ironic that people pay a lot of money to see something which basically they have to ignore the visual side of because some director has some weird ideas that were not at all in the mind of the composer. It's crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    You sure plan ahead! I had not even checked out the new season at Amsterdam. Do you already have a ticket?


    I've booked my flights & accommodation. Tickets go on sale in January.

    It's a new production, directed by Andrea Breth and I liked what she did with The Gambler. Amsterdam is very easy to get to for me, I love the city and the people and Macbeth is in my Top Five so no brainer really.
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    Just returned from Milan for Cosi fan Tutte. Friends have called me crzay to travel to and from Milan in 2 days just to go to an opera... but boy was it worth it. Production was the one from 2009 Salzburg with a lot of adjustments, but the framework of the three stories high stage were still intact. Guth seems obsessed with writing with dirt on walls and 'movement freezing' combined with dance like elements (see his Figaro). I think it's not that bad a production, it has a good base and. No ridicilous scenes and all singers had lots of space to act out their parts.

    The reason I went was to hear Maria Bengtsson sing Fiordiligi and the same thing happened as in her Contessa performance (ROH 2013): when she sang Per Pieta time just stood still. She has an incredible array of means to express and a voice that is utterly beautiful. I can't think of a better way to sing Mozart.

    Other singers were also good, Katija Dragojevic did the first Dorablla aria standing high on the stage.. spectacular. First time I heard Villazon live. Unlike Bengtsson, his dynamics are not that delicate, but he sure knows how to transfer the emotions to the audience. New to me is Adam Plachetka, really excellent performance. Despina was vocally good, but could have been a little more sparkling and funny, however this may have been instructions by the director. Michele Pertusi is very much Don Alfonso. Arrogant, vain, with a lovely voice.

    Had a really bad spot... my view of the stage was restriced to about 75%, and to achieve that I had to stand. To see Dorablle in her first aria I had to lean over the person in front of me... I was lucky, after the interval the ffirst two seats became available. I noticed during the first half that the Russian couple had no idea what they were watching... but didn't expect they would leave.

    Orchesta did an excellent job. Barenboim is not my favourite Mozart conducter, on his Cosi I agree much more than his Don Giovanni.

    Curtain call photos are just good enough to post.

    IMG_1729.jpgIMG_1723.jpgCosi.jpg
    Last edited by Dongiovanni; Jun-22-2014 at 15:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Just returned from Milan for Cosi fan Tutte.
    Me too from Hamburg it was excellent awesome singing and peppy symphonies... The naughty housegirl Despina stole our hearts! ty for your foto's i didn't took my camera i regret that i will next time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Just returned from Milan for Cosi fan Tutte. Friends have called me crazy to travel to and from Milan in 2 days just to go to an opera...
    I don't think you're crazy at all. I'll wager you're never going to lie in bed at night and think 'I wish I'd never gone to Milan' but if you hadn't gone you might just lie in bed and think 'I wish I'd gone to Milan'!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    but boy was it worth it. Production was the one from 2009 Salzburg with a lot of adjustments, but the framework of the three stories high stage were still intact. Guth seems obsessed with writing with dirt on walls and 'movement freezing' combined with dance like elements (see his Figaro). I think it's not that bad a production, it has a good base and. No ridicilous scenes and all singers had lots of space to act out their parts.

    The reason I went was to hear Maria Bengtsson sing Fiordiligi and the same thing happened as in her Contessa performance (ROH 2013): when she sang Per Pieta time just stood still. She has an incredible array of means to express and a voice that is utterly beautiful. I can't think of a better way to sing Mozart.

    Other singers were also good, Katija Dragojevic did the first Dorablla aria standing high on the stage.. spectacular. First time I heard Villazon live. Unlike Bengtsson, his dynamics are not that delicate, but he sure knows how to transfer the emotions to the audience. New to me is Adam Plachetka, really excellent performance. Despina was vocally good, but could have been a little more sparkling and funny, however this may have been instructions by the director. Michele Pertusi is very much Don Alfonso. Arrogant, vain, with a lovely voice.

    Had a really bad spot... my view of the stage was restriced to about 75%, and to achieve that I had to stand. To see Dorablle in her first aria I had to lean over the person in front of me... I was lucky, after the interval the ffirst two seats became available. I noticed during the first half that the Russian couple had no idea what they were watching... but didn't expect they would leave.

    Orchesta did an excellent job. Barenboim is not my favourite Mozart conducter, on his Cosi I agree much more than his Don Giovanni.

    Curtain call photos are just good enough to post.

    IMG_1729.jpgIMG_1723.jpgCosi.jpg
    So pleased you had a good time!
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Just returned from Milan for Cosi fan Tutte. Friends have called me crzay to travel to and from Milan in 2 days just to go to an opera... but boy was it worth it.
    i live in a town 140kms away from Budapest, i travel 5 hours back and forth to see a performance.
    i've been to so many operas this season, that i travelled over a week.

    thank you for the pictures.
    Last edited by perempe; Jun-24-2014 at 12:15.

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    perempe, it sounds like you've had an amazing year! I've enjoyed reading your posts. I think many of us relate to that exciting early period of discovering opera. The great thing is that there is a lifetime's worth still to discover.

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    yes, as it is my first season, i try to watch all. my favorite performances were Mefistofele and Parsifal, only the Strauss operas could rival with them (Salome, Elektra, Die Frau, Der Rosenkavalier). Die Frau was perhaps the best. (our opera house played many Strauss operas at the end of the season for the anniversary.)

    i missed 2+ months (including Traviata, Giselle, Falstaff, Háry János, Tannhäuser; Giselle & Traviata won't be renewed!).

    tomorrow i'm going to watch Iphigeneia, then the season-ending gala on Monday.
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    I've just booked my flights to Amsterdam for the 13th November, Lohengrin. Tickets not on sale yet, so I'm trusting that I'll be able to get one. I'll arrive on the 12th so hope to get to Concertgebouw that evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    I've just booked my flights to Amsterdam for the 13th November, Lohengrin. Tickets not on sale yet, so I'm trusting that I'll be able to get one.
    Fantastic! You should be able to get a ticket, I've always been able to get more or less what I wanted.

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    I'll arrive on the 12th so hope to get to Concertgebouw that evening.
    And if you do go, you can travel for free on the tram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Just returned from Milan for Cosi fan Tutte. Friends have called me crzay to travel to and from Milan in 2 days just to go to an opera....
    I say it's perfectly normal! I've done in the past and will do it again (hopefully in February, for the back to back Tamerlano and Alcina in Amsterdam). 2 day holidays rock. You get an opera (or two) and a change of scenery at the same time.

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    By accident I found out the Cosi from Milan is on Youtube ! What a delight to see and hear it again, with a change to finally see the parts i missed because of my obstructed view.



    Fast forward to 27:00 (part 2), and experience Maria's magic:
    Last edited by Dongiovanni; Jul-23-2014 at 21:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post
    I've just booked my flights to Amsterdam for the 13th November, Lohengrin. Tickets not on sale yet, so I'm trusting that I'll be able to get one. I'll arrive on the 12th so hope to get to Concertgebouw that evening.
    12 November it's Elīna Garanča at the Concertgebouw, tickets are on sale !

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