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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    My schedule is now the following, though I haven't booked Iphigénie yet. My understanding is that tickets go on sale in about a month. I can't put in now because I don't have an EU bank account (silly me).

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    10 May - Iphigénie en Tauride (with Amanda Majeski, Alfred Walker. Conducted by Stefano Montanari. Production by Warlikowski)
    And this is now taken care of! All that's left now is waiting two months

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    Hi, Dongiovanni. Glad to hear someone has had the same idea as myself. Though on a low budget and can't afford to pay for as many performances as I'd love to, I've been to the Met in NY, to the Liceu in Barcelona, the Colon theatre in Buenos Aires and the Alla Scala in Milan. Tomorrow, for example, there's Diana Damrau & Carlos Alvarez performing one Hamlet version at the Liceu and would love to go since I live in Catalonia but I find the tickets too pricey.
    I could give you some tips on Alla Scala, but I guess from your post that you must have been there already.
    Cheers!

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    So here's my state of play now... either side of my Munich dogsitting assignment.

    12th May, Elektra, Bonn (with time to visit the Beethoven museum and pay my respects to Robert and Clara Schumann)
    18th May, Un Ballo in Maschera, Munich
    23rd May, De Junge Lord (Henze), Munich
    25th May, Il Trittico, Munich

    Then possibly...travel by train via overnight in Zagreb to...
    28th May La Traviata in Skopje, Macedonia,
    29th May Ballo (again), Sofia, Bulgaria
    30th May Bruckner/Bruch concert, Sofia
    31st May Prince Igor, Varna, Bulgaria

    so that's not too bad. Bulgaria is still very good value, and with Munich travel and accommodation taken care of, it's really not costing much.
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    I really loved my trip to Germany! I have started posted some reviews in the reviews thread. Here I will make a few notes on the cities and opera houses!

    First off, my pics on Twitter of the four opera houses I visited (I saw but did not go in Alte Oper in Frankfurt).


    Oper Frankfurt is very close to the River Main, which really helps me for navigation (and being able to walk along the nice water). It's a great house. The seating rings going up the house look quite modern. I sat in the Parkett (orchestra) section; the seats were reasonably comfortable. For my second stint in the city I managed to stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Neue Oper; this made the walk to the opera house less than five minutes, which was so lovely. The hotel was also just a 10 minute walk from the main train station, so it was all very convenient. The house was the most dull on the outside, but the 1870s opera house (now known as Alte Oper) is just a fifteen minute walk north. It was renovated in the 1980s and there are a mix of performances here, some classical, some rock, some musicals.

    Nationaltheater München is a beautiful house but the seats (in the Parkett) were difficult for me. There's no room for one's feet under the seat in front of you (it's amazing how much I rely on that for a bit of extra space, with my long legs and big feet). My legs were very sore after the long opera. I do hope to return, but I might look for seating in the rings. There are five of them going up, all very shallow.

    Staatstheater Stuttgart is on some gorgeous grounds, right next to the giant and luxurious Neues Schloss Stuttgart (if I had more time I would have considered a guided tour). There was a pond with ducks and a fountain, a park, and the beautiful late evening sun. The inside of the opera house was quite charming, though less luxurious than Munich and less modern than Frankfurt. I will note that the supertitles were only available in German (unlike at the other two houses).


    Oh, and it was wonderful to meet Bonetan! We went to Amadeus Restaurant and Bar (it seemed quite fitting).

    Thanks again for meeting up; I'm so happy it worked out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    I really loved my trip to Germany! I have started posted some reviews in the reviews thread. Here I will make a few notes on the cities and opera houses!

    First off, my pics on Twitter of the four opera houses I visited (I saw but did not go in Alte Oper in Frankfurt).


    Oper Frankfurt is very close to the River Main, which really helps me for navigation (and being able to walk along the nice water). It's a great house. The seating rings going up the house look quite modern. I sat in the Parkett (orchestra) section; the seats were reasonably comfortable. For my second stint in the city I managed to stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Neue Oper; this made the walk to the opera house less than five minutes, which was so lovely. The hotel was also just a 10 minute walk from the main train station, so it was all very convenient. The house was the most dull on the outside, but the 1870s opera house (now known as Alte Oper) is just a fifteen minute walk north. It was renovated in the 1980s and there are a mix of performances here, some classical, some rock, some musicals.

    Nationaltheater München is a beautiful house but the seats (in the Parkett) were difficult for me. There's no room for one's feet under the seat in front of you (it's amazing how much I rely on that for a bit of extra space, with my long legs and big feet). My legs were very sore after the long opera. I do hope to return, but I might look for seating in the rings. There are five of them going up, all very shallow.

    Staatstheater Stuttgart is on some gorgeous grounds, right next to the giant and luxurious Neues Schloss Stuttgart (if I had more time I would have considered a guided tour). There was a pond with ducks and a fountain, a park, and the beautiful late evening sun. The inside of the opera house was quite charming, though less luxurious than Munich and less modern than Frankfurt. I will note that the supertitles were only available in German (unlike at the other two houses).


    Oh, and it was wonderful to meet Bonetan! We went to Amadeus Restaurant and Bar (it seemed quite fitting).

    Thanks again for meeting up; I'm so happy it worked out!
    Beware of the third (topmost) ring. I was there a year or so ago and the angle at that height is so steep that the rail that stretches along the balcony cuts the stage in half. Even hiring 2 cushions didn't help, although admittedly I have a very short torso. I came to the conclusion that only someone very tall and proportioned like a gorilla would have had any chance of a clear view. Most of the front row spent the entire performance leaning forward and resting their arms on the balcony to give themselves a better view, but it undoubtedly meant that it severely restricted the view of those in the row behind them.

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    I'm probably going to Berlin and I just wanted to ask some advice from more experienced listeners. What do you think of this production: https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/en/...und-isolde.95/ ? I personally prefer 'traditional' Wagner production not the 'modern' ones, but I don't mind that, if the singing and the cast is good .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annied View Post
    Beware of the third (topmost) ring. I was there a year or so ago and the angle at that height is so steep that the rail that stretches along the balcony cuts the stage in half. Even hiring 2 cushions didn't help, although admittedly I have a very short torso. I came to the conclusion that only someone very tall and proportioned like a gorilla would have had any chance of a clear view. Most of the front row spent the entire performance leaning forward and resting their arms on the balcony to give themselves a better view, but it undoubtedly meant that it severely restricted the view of those in the row behind them.
    That's a real annoyance and very common. Very few houses address this issue, i.e. with a sign in front of each seat telling them to lean back. (Chicago, I believe). The lack of legroom caused by vertical row divides is an annoyance in Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam and others. From experience I've discovered that an ugly/plain modern building outside usually means comfortable seating inside.

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    My original plan of a train from Munich to Skopje has been aborted. Just too time consuming. Instead I'm doing...
    27th May, Ulm, Der Fliegende Hollander
    28th May, Fly Memmingen to Skopje (pretty cheap plus a convenient afternoon timing)
    29th May, Skopje, La Traviata
    and then on to Bulgaria. Sadly Operabase.com is inaccurate regarding performances so will play it by ear.

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    I'm going to be in Toronto in October. While there I'll have a chance to catch a performance from Canadian Opera Company; they're performing Turandot, in the production by Robert Wilson. Carlo Rizzi is conducting. Tamara Wilson is Turandot, Sergey Skorokhodov is Calaf, and Joyce El-Khoury is Liù.

    The trip is not for opera/classical music, but I given the opportunity I figured I'd like to see a performance at the Four Seasons Centre.

    Hilariously I will just miss the premiere of their Rusalka, in the same production (McVicar) I just saw at San Francisco Opera.

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    And I just booked another trip that is not an opera trip but there's opera going on so I'll attend!

    I'm going to Dublin in November. I'll be there during the entire run of La cenerentola from Irish National Opera. Tara Erraught is singing Angelina, a role she'll sing at the Met in March/April. She has most recently sung it in Wales and Munich.

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    well made the trip from las vegas to SOCAL to the Santa Monica Pier to watch LA BOHEME. its free!

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    At the airport waiting for my flight to Europe - I'm making the trip for unrelated reasons, but while I'm there I'm going to see Die Sache Makropulos in Zurich (with Evelyn Herlitzius), and I'll also try to see an opera in Italy as well - currently thinking Les Pecheurs des Perles in Torino

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    Can't find a thread for upcoming opera productions so will post here. This is a worthy trip for all Wagner fans:

    Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present a brand-new Ring in April 2020 — a rare and monumental undertaking that will attract audiences from all over the world to the city of Chicago. April 2020. Full story and cast here.

    Check it out--looks awesome:
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    I'll be there during the entire run of La cenerentola from Irish National Opera. Tara Erraught is singing Angelina, a role she'll sing at the Met in March/April. She has most recently sung it in Wales and Munich.
    This opened last night. The few reviews I've found in local papers have been positive. I'm going tomorrow.

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    Have had limited opportunities to travel this year and when we did get a chance, the Opera wasn't on.

    Have long wanted to visit Naples and the Teatro San Carlo. We did the tour and attended a Ballet with Mendelssohn's music for A midsummer night's dream. The sound and visuals are excellent and the price is right. Will be back.

    We also visited http://www.ansa.it/english/news/life...1f5f56272.html

    Capodimonte is a stunning building high above the town and the above exhibition gave you headphones As you moved between the rooms the Opera's playing changes reflecting the important music introduced there. Opera's on the subject of volcanic erruption that engulfed nearby Pompeii, or reflecting the periods interest in Chinoserie, by composers such as Paisiello to Donizetti This was also done at the Opera exhibition at London's the V&A museum a couple of years ago. I find it really enhances the experience . It runs until next summer.

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