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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    The other tickets for my trip are all bar-coded print-at-home pdf's sent via email. While those are super convenient, I do like having an old-fashioned ticket in my hand.
    It's the first ticket service I experience where there are no digital tickets available. It has it's charmes, that small ticket from La Scala ! I think I'll stick it to the fridge :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Did you use the 3D viewer on the Opernhaus ticket site? Almost like being there! More than just a single still pic. More than a 360 degree view, you can pan all the way up and down too. Amazing quality, if there were a spot on the carpet or a fly on the ceiling, you'd be able to see it! I read a visitor review that warned about obstructed views in Zurich too, so I spent a good bit of time scoping out prospective seats.
    Yes, it's an excellent site. Have you seen this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Yes, it's an excellent site. Have you seen this?

    Looks like a really interesting production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Looks like a really interesting production.
    My first reactions was 'yikes' but after watching the YouTube a couple of times I'm coming round to it, a bit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    My first reactions was 'yikes' but after watching the YouTube a couple of times I'm coming round to it, a bit!
    I like it - looks very "Euro" without being "trashy" . I'm relieved to see to the supertitles are in both German and English. I was afraid I'd have to quasi-memorize a libretto translation to follow along. And I'm happy to see a 3-level set, since my (95 CHF!?!) seat is in the upper balcony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    I like it - looks very "Euro" without being "trashy" . I'm relieved to see to the supertitles are in both German and English. I was afraid I'd have to quasi-memorize a libretto translation to follow along. And I'm happy to see a 3-level set, since my (95 CHF!?!) seat is in the upper balcony.
    Well Zurich has a 'regie-theatre' reputation to keep up so I wasn't expecting a traditional production & I'm sure it'll be fantastic! Did you notice that every customer has the use of opera glasses?

    I'm seeing it twice. I've got a seat in Parkett Galerie for the first performance then a seat in the second row of the stalls for the second performance. Even that short clip is giving me goosebumps for Christopher Ventris, I hope I can get his autograph afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Well Zurich has a 'regie-theatre' reputation to keep up so I wasn't expecting a traditional production & I'm sure it'll be fantastic! Did you notice that every customer has the use of opera glasses?

    I'm seeing it twice. I've got a seat in Parkett Galerie for the first performance then a seat in the second row of the stalls for the second performance. Even that short clip is giving me goosebumps for Christopher Ventris, I hope I can get his autograph afterwards.
    Wow, you mean the house provides opera glasses for every seat? I think I'm going to like Switzerland alot for details like that.

    I'm in the gallery for Jenufa and in a stage-facing box on the second level for Lucia the night before. I'm counting on the theater being as intimate and cozy as people say it is.

    I'm also looking forward to getting a peek at some of the top European singers that haven't been "discovered" here yet. The entire cast of Jenufa will be new to me. It's amazing how little cross-over there seems to be between the US and European talent pools, particularly for younger artists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    I'm also looking forward to getting a peek at some of the top European singers that haven't been "discovered" here yet. The entire cast of Jenufa will be new to me. It's amazing how little cross-over there seems to be between the US and European talent pools, particularly for younger artists.
    I can only comment from DVD, as I'm never likely to see them live here, but I am a great admirer of Ventris (from Peter Grimes, Parsifal and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Opolais (from The Gambler and Rusalka) and Breslik (from Eugene Onegin and Lucrezia Borgia). I have seen Lukas Jakobski live when he came into act 2 of Les Troyens in at ROH and did a bit of enthusiastic raping and pillaging!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Did you notice that every customer has the use of opera glasses?
    Opera glasses are really great! I found some rather antique ones at a flea-market in Cannes, and I used them rather liberally when I saw L'amour des 3 Oranges in Paris, on the third balcony.

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    I'm off to see a Madame Butterfly production today! It's a production of a local orchestra.


    I'm anxious! I haven't seen an opera live for a couple of years. I hope i won't bring down to tears. To listen to a recording is something but listening to it live is another world...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionisio View Post
    I'm off to see a Madame Butterfly production today! It's a production of a local orchestra.


    I'm anxious! I haven't seen an opera live for a couple of years. I hope i won't bring down to tears. To listen to a recording is something but listening to it live is another world...
    You're seeing Puccini. There will be tears whether you like it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    You're seeing Puccini. There will be tears whether you like it or not.
    Yes but these tears are other tears

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionisio View Post
    I'm off to see a Madame Butterfly production today! It's a production of a local orchestra.


    I'm anxious! I haven't seen an opera live for a couple of years. I hope i won't bring down to tears. To listen to a recording is something but listening to it live is another world...
    Fantastic, hope I'm not too late to wish you a fabulous time!!
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    Arrived in Milan today, and went straight to La Scala to see the museum and the shop. It turns out, if you get a museum ticket, you have access to some boxes where I spent some time watching and listening Barenboim rehearse Siegfried Needless to say I didn't see much of the museum.

    Lots of activity at La Scala, it looks like they were preparing a broadcast for TV. They couldn't tell me which performance.

    I was interested to do a special guided tour of the theater, but because of the rehearsing it was not possible. Nevertheless I had a very nice time today.

    If you ever go the La Scala, and you want to see something, better check where you sit. If you sit in a box, only the first row can see the performance.... these boxes are very small !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    Arrived in Milan today, and went straight to La Scala to see the museum and the shop. It turns out, if you get a museum ticket, you have access to some boxes where I spent some time watching and listening Barenboim rehearse Siegfried Needless to say I didn't see much of the museum!
    Lucky you! There are lots of goodies in the museum for a true opera lover to enjoy (like Verdi's piano) but I would have done the same thing if Barenboim was rehearsing. Tomorrow is your big night with Anna, right? Enjoy!

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