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    Cendrillon (Massenet) 28th April , alas the last one this Met season.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Cendrillon (Massenet) 28th April , alas the last one this Met season.
    It looks good from previews. Hope to see it too grandchildren permitting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    It looks good from previews. Hope to see it too grandchildren permitting!
    The London season looks good next year, I even take Netrebko in the Forza, unless Kaufmann is sick.
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    I'll be attending this afternoon:
    "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 Fritz Kobus View Post
    I'll be attending this afternoon:
    I'm interested to hear what you think! I am seeing their performance here on Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    I'm interested to hear what you think! I am seeing their performance here on Friday.
    It was an awesome experience. I am afraid I did not know the opera that well, and so the ending was rather a surprise with the Bacchus revelery. The Bacchus part was historically missing from the music but in the libretto, and the program notes indicate that this performance includes Apollo's Fire's own reconstruction of the lost Bacchanale ending." The performance was wonderful, the singing quite good. There were a few props and some level of costume as well as a bit of ballet. The screen behind the setup had projections of beautiful scenes that were appropriate to the opera. When Orfeo went into the underworld they turned the house light all the way off. You will enjoy it very much. It ran about two and a quarter hours including intermission.

    EDIT: I should add that I saw the concert version of Handel's Ariodante last year and totally forgot I had seen a Baroque opera because this Monteverdi opera was so different. It is one of the earliest operas ever, and the first successful opera. The program discussed how Monteverdi pretty much tried to recreate Greek drama/tragedy, which scholars believe was done with singing or chanting of the lines.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Apr-16-2018 at 05:30.
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    Sounds wonderful! I'm really looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the report!
    Last edited by mountmccabe; Apr-16-2018 at 17:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Sounds wonderful! I'm really looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the report!

    You may want to check out another thread where we have half-a-dozen posts on the topic of the different endings of L'Orfeo.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Apr-16-2018 at 17:59.
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    Yeah, I saw that. I have already read the program for the performance I'm seeing on Friday; but before that I didn't know they were using the libretto ending. I'm glad for the opportunity to see an alternate ending, and I'm quite interested to see how it works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Yeah, I saw that. I have already read the program for the performance I'm seeing on Friday; but before that I didn't know they were using the libretto ending. I'm glad for the opportunity to see an alternate ending, and I'm quite interested to see how it works!
    Agree! The ending works quite well. The tenor gets knocked down and thrown down, so has to be fairly acrobatic. You will certainly enjoy it!
    "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 Taplow View Post
    Oh, you will love Mefistofele. I saw this production in 2015, also with Calleja (first time hearing him live), and René Pape as Mefistofele. It's thrilling, dark, and funny.

    I have the 7th bookmarked in my calendar.
    You were right. I enjoyed it very much. The staging works much better when you're actually there than it does watching it on a DVD. Along with Calleja, who never disappoints as far as I'm concerned, I was also very impressed by Erwin Schrott.

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    Monday, May 7th: Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Edita Gruberova. Thrilled ... can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taplow View Post
    Monday, May 7th: Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Edita Gruberova. Thrilled ... can't wait!
    At 71 years old? One has to know when it's time to go before they trow you out .

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    Going to see a live opera for the first time on May 9th; Don Quichotte with Ferruccio Furlanetto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    At 71 years old? One has to know when it's time to go before they trow you out .
    Mariella Devia just made two Roberto Devereux DVDs around about the same age. Of course, there the queen is supposed to be getting on in age I think.
    "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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