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    In the spirit of the thread about your first opera, let's look forward too.

    Next week we're on the road to Prague, to hear Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre where it was first performed. Really looking forward to this one. The fact that Wolfie stood in the pit directing the traffic will resonate with me in the stalls.

    For me, although Figaro is simply perfect, Don Giovanni has a power and magnificence that transcends even the musical form. Figaro has a holy ending of forgiveness and reconciliation: Don Giovanni has a religious ending of retribution and justice. The different versions of it only add to its mystery and intrigue. I may actually hear the Vienna version - in Prague.

    I recently saw a production of this in the ENO in London, where the orchestra and cast were marvelous, but the direction and production were awful. The stage sets wheeled distractingly about the place, the Don did a quick costume change, and from being a plausible, dangerous and sharp-suited predator he suddenly looked like Kevin the Teenager, with a hoodie under his jacket. The supper scene was appallingly directed, and maybe worst of all, they put the music in different sequences, to help with the drama, as the director said. Mozart would have been proud of their efforts, no doubt.

    They re-arranged the mandolin canzonetta as a reflective aria, instead of another attempt to seduce a maid, so now they had the Don praising an ideal, non-existent woman, who had he met her, he would have been spared a life of rape, seduction and murder. It was an act of treason towards the script, actually, and I wondered why modern theatre has to analyse things so.

    Anyway, rant over. I hope next week's production is traditional, potent and they leave nothing out. It occured to me that in the squaring off of composers deaths, had Mozart died at the same age as Schubert, he'd still have witnessed the premier of this unsurpassable work. I believe it's the pinnacle of theatrical music, a fury and a tickle at the same time, music that can be both poignant and satirical in the same bar.

    That's my next opera, what's yours?

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    I'm going to see Nixon in China in May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    They re-arranged the mandolin canzonetta as a reflective aria, instead of another attempt to seduce a maid, so now they had the Don praising an ideal, non-existent woman, who had he met her, he would have been spared a life of rape, seduction and murder. It was an act of treason towards the script, actually, and I wondered why modern theatre has to analyse things so
    I dislike these "clever" attempts from directors, as well. Mozart's music lends itself to modern stagings very well, but not when they're overwrought. I think the worst is still that Ascanio in Alba (poor Prina!). Even if you think the libretto is weak you should still try to work with what's there and make the best of it, instead of coming up with your own brainless ideas. Hesus!

    anyway, speaking of Don Giovanni, I just watched the one with Siepi and Furtwangler from 1954 = heaven. And I kinda envy you for seeing DG in Prague. There's something to be said about venues of historical importance for the work.

    my next opera outing is Nabucco in April, unless I make some last minute decisions in between. I have a love/hate relationship with Verdi, but I really enjoy Nabucco, so I'm expecting a lovely evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    I'm going to see Nixon in China in May.
    Where? This is an opera I'd love to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    my next opera outing is Nabucco in April, unless I make some last minute decisions in between. I have a love/hate relationship with Verdi, but I really enjoy Nabucco, so I'm expecting a lovely evening.
    Domingo or Nucci?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Where? This is an opera I'd love to see.
    Melbourne, Australia.

    One of the reasons why I love Victorian Opera much mor than Opera Australia is because they do more of the less mainstream operas. Opera Australia does La Bohème every second year. That says it all on how conservative their programming is. Victorian Opera on the other hand does heaps more less frequently performed stuff, including the Australian premiere of Carter's "What Next?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    In the spirit of the thread about your first opera, let's look forward too.
    Great thread! I love reading about other people's opera plans & trips.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    Next week we're on the road to Prague, to hear Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre where it was first performed. Really looking forward to this one. The fact that Wolfie stood in the pit directing the traffic will resonate with me in the stalls.

    For me, although Figaro is simply perfect, Don Giovanni has a power and magnificence that transcends even the musical form. Figaro has a holy ending of forgiveness and reconciliation: Don Giovanni has a religious ending of retribution and justice. The different versions of it only add to its mystery and intrigue. I may actually hear the Vienna version - in Prague.
    Oh wow! That is going to be really special.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    I recently saw a production of this in the ENO in London, where the orchestra and cast were marvelous, but the direction and production were awful. The stage sets wheeled distractingly about the place, the Don did a quick costume change, and from being a plausible, dangerous and sharp-suited predator he suddenly looked like Kevin the Teenager, with a hoodie under his jacket. The supper scene was appallingly directed, and maybe worst of all, they put the music in different sequences, to help with the drama, as the director said. Mozart would have been proud of their efforts, no doubt.

    They re-arranged the mandolin canzonetta as a reflective aria, instead of another attempt to seduce a maid, so now they had the Don praising an ideal, non-existent woman, who had he met her, he would have been spared a life of rape, seduction and murder. It was an act of treason towards the script, actually, and I wondered why modern theatre has to analyse things so.
    Oh dear

    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    Anyway, rant over. I hope next week's production is traditional, potent and they leave nothing out. It occurred to me that in the squaring off of composers deaths, had Mozart died at the same age as Schubert, he'd still have witnessed the premier of this unsurpassable work. I believe it's the pinnacle of theatrical music, a fury and a tickle at the same time, music that can be both poignant and satirical in the same bar.

    That's my next opera, what's yours?
    I hope the production is everything you hope for.

    My next opera is L'amour des trois oranges in Amsterdam. It's a revival of the Laurent Pelly production which is available on DVD.




    I've been looking forward to this trip for well over a year and although I've been to Amsterdam before I've not been to the opera.
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    On Monday Im going to the ENO for The Barber of Seville, a classic production apparently by Jonathan Miller
    "Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." - Rousseau

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    On Monday Im going to the ENO for The Barber of Seville, a classic production apparently by Jonathan Miller
    I'd be curious to hear about it, given my experience with Don Giovanni...

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    The Love for Three Oranges! What a title, sounds great. Don't know much about Prokoviev...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    I'd be curious to hear about it, given my experience with Don Giovanni...
    Well Ive been to the ENO a few times before;
    A weird Giulio Cesar and an absolutely fantastic Traviata.
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    Don Giovanni for me, too, coming up in June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Don Giovanni for me, too, coming up in June.
    Whereabouts?
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    I've got Don Carlos at the Royal Opera in London in May. Trying to decide whether to go see Rossini's La Donna del Lago with Florez and DiDonato and Berg's Wozzeck.

    I saw the Love for Three Organges a few years ago at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Too... weird(?) to say I liked it, but Prokofiev always has something to offer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertoDevereux View Post
    I've got Don Carlos at the Royal Opera in London in May.
    And me. And Die Zauberflöte


    Quote Originally Posted by RobertoDevereux View Post
    Trying to decide whether to go see Rossini's La Donna del Lago with Florez and DiDonato
    Going to give this a miss

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    and Berg's Wozzeck
    Haven't seen this & want to see Simon K's

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertoDevereux View Post
    I saw the Love for Three Oranges a few years ago at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Too... weird(?) to say I liked it, but Prokofiev always has something to offer!
    RD
    Yes, 'oranges' is an acquired taste. So envious that you've been to the Bolshoi. What else have you seen there?
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