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    On Saturday I'm seeing Porgy and Bess with (shock horror) white people singing, against the wishes of the Gershwin Estate. My first Porgy and looking forward to it.

    In Budapest, Hungary of course. So long Budapest, it's been a great six months. 3/4 concerts or operas every week.

    I think that's my opera season done, although I've said that before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Next week I get to hear Saul, Händel's oratorio, performed by Philharmonia Baroque.

    That's all for me until early May when I go to Germany for an opera trip (previously discussed in a different thread) where I get to see Die Walküre in Frankfurt, Tannhäuser in Munich, Iphigenie en Tauride in Stuttgart, then back to Frankfurt for Der ferne Klang and Rodelinda.

    Now I just need to learn enough German to read this review of Der ferne Klang; the new production opened a few nights ago.
    I'll be in Germany at that time as well & I have Die Walkure & Tannhauser on my list. I hope I'll run into you!

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    They are going to make a Worldpremiere of an opera of modern composer Ludger Vollmer in Weimar, Germany. The opera is "The Circle", there was a movie and the book, now they bring it to the opera stage. The stage direction suppose to be very good. I do not know much more at the moment. Greetings from Germany! )

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    The premiere of "The Circle" is on 04.05.2019 in Weimar.

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    I went to La Boheme at the London Coliseum but the ticket arrived late so I had to go to London not knowing if I had a seat. As it turned out, I did have a seat and enjoyed the performance. But the theatre has apologised and given me a wonderful seat for the Merry Widow later this month. I would rate their dealings/concern with this matter 10 out of 10 and am very grateful. It is truly the people's opera!
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    14 April: The Merry Widow - Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
    Happy and excited to see that, I've seen this production (the same directing, staging, almost the same cast) last year/season in La Fenice -just pure fun, brilliant mood booster.

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    5th May - Faust - a repeat of the live broadcast from the National Opera on the 30th April.

    It's Gounoud's French version - which I know nothing about, but it looked good.

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    Taking my daughter and her husband to see "Clemenza di Tito" at the Met on Thursday. I know she'll like it because she liked "Zauberflote" and knows how to prepare in advance by listening a lot. Her husband is intent on "experiencing it" (his first opera at the Met) without a lot of preparation so I'm concerned he will be bored. This is my first Mozart opera other than the "big four", and therefore also my first Mozart "opera seria". I have a feeling I'll like it a lot.

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    Just got back from the Michigan Opera Theater Hansel and Gretel. It was awesome! My son, who liked Alcina a couple weeks ago, thought this production was way better. It was an opera with a puppet show embedded in it. And the sets were amazing. They had trees that moved around on the stage. These trees were like mature trees about 3 feet thick, of course they only had to show the trunk, but foliage hung from overhead. The singing was quite wonderful too. Quoting from some of the comments online,

    The witch is 15 feet tall and is inhabited by a male opera singer that is moving, turning and performing all human gestures while singing. The audience is in awe of the character and the performance. The parents are double human height which gives Hansel & Gretel true size that of children.
    The excellent staging surrounds the excellent singers with visual imagery that expands your experience. Do not miss this production Cancel something else you were going to if necessary - because you will not have this opportunity again in the near (or maybe even the far(future.)
    Here is a bit on what an amazing production this is:

    Fons and Breiwick perform against oversized set pieces that make them seem truly small and vulnerable. All of the other characters, including their parents, are either represented with puppets or performed by singers in augmented costumes that are scaled to complement this illusion. This may be one of the most compelling and artistic bits of stage magic you’ll ever see in the Motor City ...

    Everything in this show is kinetic. In the first act, there is a scene-stealing cat that draws plenty of laughs. Later, as the worried father lights a lamp and tells about the evil child-eating witch who haunts the woods, the shadow he throws against the window curtain ominously shifts to clawed hands and his story is eerily illustrated in a foreshadowing of Act Two. There’s also a mysterious crow that threads together the story from its cheerful opening to the dramatic conclusion, with a macabre twist that the Brothers Grimm would certainly enjoy.

    Even the scenery is animated — the Act Two Witch Ride prelude is performed as the trees close in, shift position, and lower menacing, grasping branches. As Hansel and Gretel curl up together to wait for daylight, a benign old grandfather, The Sandman, sends them into a deep, restful sleep. A host of angels flutter above to guard them through the night, and when day breaks, they are gently awakened by the sylph-like Dew Fairy.

    An article explains the witch in greater detail:

    The Witch. While performed by a live singer, traditionally a male, the character requires an additional three puppeteers to manage the 15 foot costume. Inside, the singer manages everything from the waist up, including an oversized prosthetic face, a huge headdress and arms twice the length of real arms. Three puppeteers manage the bottom, one to work the legs, one to make the costume rise up and down and one to make the whole thing move around.
    Here is a video showing how it was done:


    A fabulous production. This video of opening night reactions interspersed with scenes really sums it up.
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    Spending a week at the Met, starting April 29: the Ring and Dialogues des Carmélites!

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    Dog sitting in Munich in May, which gives me the chance to see...

    18th May, Un Ballo in Maschera, Staatsoper
    23rd May, De Junge Lord (Henze), Gartnerplatz
    25th May, Il Trittico, Staatsoper

    If anyone is in Munich between 14th and 26 and would like to meet up whether for opera or coffee, let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fatale View Post
    Dog sitting in Munich in May, which gives me the chance to see...

    18th May, Un Ballo in Maschera, Staatsoper
    23rd May, De Junge Lord (Henze), Gartnerplatz
    25th May, Il Trittico, Staatsoper

    If anyone is in Munich between 14th and 26 and would like to meet up whether for opera or coffee, let me know.
    I hope the dog enjoys the operas. Does it wear a muzzle so as not to bark during the performance?
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I hope the dog enjoys the operas. Does it wear a muzzle so as not to bark during the performance?
    She's a very quiet dog, but as dog-friendly as Munich is, they still don't allow them in the opera... I don't think. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fatale View Post
    She's a very quiet dog, but as dog-friendly as Munich is, they still don't allow them in the opera... I don't think. :-)
    Only if its a service dog. When I saw a performance at Hill Auditorium last fall there was a service dog laying on the stage by one of the musicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fatale View Post
    Dog sitting in Munich in May, which gives me the chance to see...

    18th May, Un Ballo in Maschera, Staatsoper
    23rd May, De Junge Lord (Henze), Gartnerplatz
    25th May, Il Trittico, Staatsoper

    If anyone is in Munich between 14th and 26 and would like to meet up whether for opera or coffee, let me know.
    My only night in Munich is the 9th! Alas.

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