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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    fear not, there is plenty of music. Watch the youtube video with Connolly and De Niese, it's great! Giulio Cesare is probably Handel's greatest hit and, honest to god, the hits keep on rolling! It's anything but boring. I never got people's dislike of dacapo - it's the best part of the aria sung yet again, with even more fioriture! what's not to love?! as I always used to say, gimme coloratura or gimme death... now I must go calm down a bit
    Hey, that's GREAT! gimme coloratura or gimme death ... great tag line. Almost as good as opera is like cheese ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    opera is like cheese ...
    goes well with wine? sometimes it comes with holes? it makes you fart? it's blue and it stinks? I don't know this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    fear not, there is plenty of music. Watch the youtube video with Connolly and De Niese, it's great! Giulio Cesare is probably Handel's greatest hit and, honest to god, the hits keep on rolling! It's anything but boring. I never got people's dislike of dacapo - it's the best part of the aria sung yet again, with even more fioriture! what's not to love?! as I always used to say, gimme coloratura or gimme death... now I must go calm down a bit
    I don't mind da capo really, especially when it's chance to hear Handel's glorious melodies more than once. But so often they do have a way bringing the drama to a screeching halt. As I understand it, they harken back to day when the diva, not the director reigned supreme, and vocal pyrotechnics was the reason to put on an opera and not vice versa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    I don't mind da capo really, especially when it's chance to hear Handel's glorious melodies more than once. But so often they do have a way bringing the drama to a screeching halt.
    drama, what drama? hehe. I love it when, in Giulio Cesare, Cesare is tipped off to leave the palace at once and what does he do? why, he breaks into a bravura aria! priceless!

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    This is the greatest production on DVD. The only thing is that the original cast was perfect. And the music is exceptionally excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    I looked at a bit of the de Niese video but I thought she played it so cutesy it was hard to watch, honestly. We'll see. I always look forward to seeing Dessay!
    At this point you may have seen the dress rehearsal clip of Dessay the Met posted yesterday. As much as I love Dessay, and as much I personally loved de Niese's irrespressible cute factor in the role, that was hard to watch. It's kind of confirming my worst fears when I heard Dessay was doing this production. Several commenters on Facebook agreed, one even went so far as to post a clip of de Niese in the same scene for comparison.

    Even with the lightest of characters (La fille du régiment, La Sonambula), Dessay seems to dredge them up from a very vulnerable, very dark place - the Lucia place - to great effect. But there's nothing vulnerable about Cleopatra as portrayed in this production - even at her most vulnerable. I know Dessay can do great things, but it gave me cause to worry. Hopefully it was the lack of context for the clip or something. Or maybe I've just seen Dessay play too many wilting lillies.

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    Carmen in May at the Baltimore Opera House.

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    Well, we'll see ... my tik isn't until the twenty-seventh, so there's plenty of time to worry. I have seen Dessay do things I didn't like - her Manon I thought was just off - but others (mamascarlatti) loved her Manon, so whaddayagonnado. I know the clip I saw of Beczala doing the questo e quella didn't give me ANY idea of how Rigoletto was going to go, so I don't think I'll watch the clip. Just wait for the opera and take it as it comes.

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    Next one for me is Simon Boccanegra by the small English Touring Opera.

    They mostly do operas in English & I went to see their Don Pasquale a couple of years ago. It was very well done but I was disappointed by the changes in the story that they made to fit English words so I didn't see any of theirs again. But then I discovered this would be in Italian so I got a ticket immediately. It's on near me & at one of the few places I can get to straight from work & then get home the same night.

    It's a modern setting but I'm not worried about that; it will be just great to hear it live.
    Ann

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    Enjoy sospiro! I know Simon is your favorite. I can't imagine an update of Boccanegra, it's so historically specific - but then I can't imagine a touring company lugging around the Doge's Palace, the Council Chambers, a seaside Palazzo, and a square in Genoa either.

    Not an opera, but tomorrow night I'll be at Elina Garanca's recital of Schumann and Strauss songs at Carnegie Hall.

    GTG - My significant other was at the opening of GC last night, said Dessay was magnificent. Different from de Niese, but magnficent. So perhaps we can both dial down our worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Enjoy sospiro! I know Simon is your favorite. I can't imagine an update of Boccanegra, it's so historically specific - but then I can't imagine a touring company lugging around the Doge's Palace, the Council Chambers, a seaside Palazzo, and a square in Genoa either.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Not an opera, but tomorrow night I'll be at Elina Garanca's recital of Schumann and Strauss songs at Carnegie Hall.
    Oooh how lovely! I'm sure she will be fabulous!
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    ... tomorrow night I'll be at Elina Garanca's recital of Schumann and Strauss songs at Carnegie Hall.
    wow ... THAT sounds like a good time! Enjoy!

    GTG - My significant other was at the opening of GC last night, said Dessay was magnificent. Different from de Niese, but magnficent. So perhaps we can both dial down our worrying.
    I really appreciate the update. I've heard rumors that her voice was going, and didn't want to believe it, but "magnificent," of course, is what I was hoping for. Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Not an opera, but tomorrow night I'll be at Elina Garanca's recital of Schumann and Strauss songs at Carnegie Hall.
    Ooo... I'm jealous! Is see she's singing Frauenliebe, such lovely songs. Many seats still available !

    Enjoy !
    Last edited by Dongiovanni; Apr-06-2013 at 15:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    goes well with wine? sometimes it comes with holes? it makes you fart? it's blue and it stinks? I don't know this one...
    lol it's just something someone else in this forum said, that I liked a lot. Opera is like cheese ... to me, it didn't matter what the OP meant, it's a beautiful, beautiful phrase. Words to live by. I think they may have meant that there's a variety to suit every taste, or something like that, but who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celloissimo View Post
    Carmen in May at the Baltimore Opera House.
    How wonderful, that the Baltimore opera company is back in business. Please update us and let us know if it is wonderful!

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