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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    Was this the Glyndebourne one? If so, tell me more!
    Yep, that's the one. Gotta go now, won't have time for details (I'm late to go to work) but in a couple of lines, good Macbeth, good witches (looking scarier than the ones from the Liceu), good orchestra with a fast and thrilling tempo (again better than the Liceu's), but weak Lady Macbeth with a small voice that disappeared in duets. Singing in the Liceu is overall superior in my opinion, especially with a much fuller and passionate Lady Macbeth.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    I simply cannot understand why this Met production of La Damnation de Faust is not available on DVD. It is spectacular - the use of back projections and a series of balconies on which dancers celebrate spring, soldiers march to their deaths, devils crawl and climb, and horses ride to Marguerite's rescue work wonderfully to unify the episodic nature of this opera. If this is what Robert Lepage can do, I look forward to his upcoming Ring.
    I share your enthusiasm. If this ever is released on DVD I'll buy it.

    BTW - I watched Hansel und Gretel with Von Stade yesterday. It's the first time I ever saw and/or heard that opera. It's delighful. I LOVED the production and Von Stade and Judith Blegen were close to ideal. Gotta love that witch also.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    I share your enthusiasm. If this ever is released on DVD I'll buy it.

    BTW - I watched Hansel und Gretel with Von Stade yesterday. It's the first time I ever saw and/or heard that opera. It's delighful. I LOVED the production and Von Stade and Judith Blegen were close to ideal. Gotta love that witch also.
    I own that production but haven't seen it yet.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    BTW - I watched Hansel und Gretel with Von Stade yesterday. It's the first time I ever saw and/or heard that opera. It's delighful. I LOVED the production and Von Stade and Judith Blegen were close to ideal. Gotta love that witch also.
    Yes it's enchanting music and a charming production. The other version is quite interesting, rather gritty in the first act, but some magical effects in the forest and Philip Langridge as a very enthusiastic witch.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    That's too funny. I didn't notice wobbly tum (no one expects Azucena to be sexy although there was some enthusiastic raping when she was captured in Act III), but I did think Leonora looked like a respectable middle-aged housewife who had taken a wrong turning on the way to buy a nice merluza at the Madrid fish market.

    No wonder the boys didn't like it, no Annas, Renees, Natalies, Elinas, Dianas or other lovelies.
    Like I said before, this is the ONLY production in my life as an opera lover that found its way - literally - into my kitchen garbage can. No Annas, Renees, Natalies, etc must have had a very significant part in my decision to toss it there.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I've been out this evening, watching a bunch of nice people called London Festival Opera perform a selection of opera pops, accompanied by a piano quintet. Not the greatest performances you'll ever hear, but presented with a sense of fun and with steadily increasing rapport between performers and audience - so that by the end, I don't think there was anyone in the theatre who wasn't smiling, and who didn't want them to do 'just one more'.
    Beats TV, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    I've been out this evening, watching a bunch of nice people called London Festival Opera perform a selection of opera pops, accompanied by a piano quintet. Not the greatest performances you'll ever hear, but presented with a sense of fun and with steadily increasing rapport between performers and audience - so that by the end, I don't think there was anyone in the theatre who wasn't smiling, and who didn't want them to do 'just one more'.
    Beats TV, anyway.
    Ah, there's nothing like sitting in a room with a group of people all sharing the same enjoyment of a wonderful art form. Even your post made me smile at the thought of it.
    Natalie

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    I recently borrowed the Glyndebourne production of Rossini's Le Comte Ory from my library, and I must say this is great fun ! It's prime Rossini, and the Met will be doing its first production of this zany comic opera this season,which is great news.
    This was I believe, Rossini' next to last opera,written just before William Tell, and is in French.
    It's the story of a horndog French nobleman,count Ory ,who tries to take advantage of the fact that all the husbands and boyfriends of the inhabitants of a castle have gone to the crusades, hoping to score as much as possible,especially with the lovely countess Adele.
    He and his buddies disguise themselves as a group of nuns, and gain entrance to the castle, but are interrupted by the sudden return of the men from the crusades.
    The music is as bubbly and melodious as any Rossini opera I know, and the Glyndebourne performance is absolutely first rate,with Marc Laho, a tenor new to me as the wily and lustful Ory,Annick Massis as Adele, and Dianan Montegue as Ory's page Isolier, a trouser role.
    Andrew Davis, who is not known for his Rossini, conducts with all the sparkle and verve you could want, and the whole cast acts with consummate comic flair.
    If you love Rossini, don't miss this !



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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    I recently borrowed the Glyndebourne production of Rossini's Le Comte Ory from my library, and I must say this is great fun ! It's prime Rossini, and the Met will be doing its first production of this zany comic opera this season,which is great news.
    If you love Rossini, don't miss this !
    I would definitely endorse this recommendation. It's a romp, and well sung and staged, and if you know Viaggio a Reims you even already know the music!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    I've been out this evening, watching a bunch of nice people called London Festival Opera perform a selection of opera pops, accompanied by a piano quintet. Not the greatest performances you'll ever hear, but presented with a sense of fun and with steadily increasing rapport between performers and audience - so that by the end, I don't think there was anyone in the theatre who wasn't smiling, and who didn't want them to do 'just one more'.
    Beats TV, anyway.
    Nothing wrong with this. I love this kind of event. My local opera company and my local symphony do a couple of these every summer, one each.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Watched this famous Tosca which has now been released in DVD format for 1st time as part of reduced price 3 opera set shown..........it is one of the very best Toscas, perhaps the best.

    Shot on location in Italy often using natural lighting there are some scences where shadows are too prominent and the golden late day sunlight in Scarpias office gets to be overdone. Also who was the fool who dressed Tosca in all grey solid color dress (like a prison inmate) in first act cathedral scences, what a wasted opportunity with someone as beautiful as Catherine Malfitano to model the finest intricate gown

    Domingo was solid as a rock (as usual) and Malfitano has all the beauty and fire Tosca character needs, very good actress I though she was just made for the part. There is a unique scence here (mentioned by Natalie aka Mammascarlatti) where Scarpia actually passionately kisses Tosca before writing her letter and Tosca does not resist as strongly as you might think

    Very dramatic plunge from the ramparts by Tosca with red cape flowing (like blood) in the wind and angel statue presiding over events. On my system picture and sound quality much better than Amazon comments, upscales very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    If you love Rossini, don't miss this !
    I'm salivating already! I have had a couple of opportunities to watch DVDs/listen to CDs of Le Comte Ory, and I have declined because I want to approach this like a virgin... I have my Met in HD tickets for this already and can't wait! It should be lots of fun!!!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I would definitely endorse this recommendation. It's a romp, and well sung and staged, and if you know Viaggio a Reims you even already know the music!
    Oh darn, you just shattered my plan of approaching Le Comte Ory like a virgin...
    I do know Viaggio a Reims, and I forgot that Rossini used its music in 50% of Le Comte Ory. Rossini, the recycler!

    Anyway, just kidding, it should still be lots of fun, Viaggio a Reims seems like a concert, and Le Comte Ory is supposed to have a plot and comic flair.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Ah, there's nothing like sitting in a room with a group of people all sharing the same enjoyment of a wonderful art form. Even your post made me smile at the thought of it.
    Natalie, I was wondering about this, daydreaming today.

    Can you imagine a Talk Classical Opera Forum Convention? Like Trekkies or something?

    We'd gather in a proper location - say, Vienna...

    We'd wear badges... Elgarian... Dark Angel... Mammascarlatti... Almaviva... Jhar26... Sonata... Aramis... Sospiro... etc, etc, etc.

    It would have to be a fancy hotel with all the perks of modern technology.

    "Ladies and Gentlemen, please get your badges on the left side of the Registration room, then proceed to the right side to get your complimentary portable DVD player, sponsored by Decca, and your complimentary headphones, sponsored by Opus Arte."

    "Please understand that the organizers are not legally responsible for any bodily injuries sustained in fights between proponents of modern vs. proponents of traditional stagings of Wagner's Ring."

    "Room 213 is for screening of 21st century off-the-beaten-path upcoming masterpieces. King Roger starts in 20 minutes. Room 217 will be screening Baroque operas. Rameau, Handel, and Lully lovers, please stand by; the program will be announced soon."

    "Anna Netrebko is holding an autograph session in Room 221. The Vienna Fire Department recommends no more than 100 people in the room at one time. Anna says that her fans should calm down because she is not planning any Salome performances with full strip-tease."

    "Do not miss the Champagne Party later tonight in the Ball Room, following the screening of Die Fledermaus. Tickets are on sale. There is a surcharge for Roederer Crystal, but plain Veuve Clicquot tickets are more affordable."

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Natalie, I was wondering about this, daydreaming today.

    Can you imagine a Talk Classical Opera Forum Convention? Like Trekkies or something?

    We'd gather in a proper location - say, Vienna...

    We'd wear badges... Elgarian... Dark Angel... Mammascarlatti... Almaviva... Jhar26... Sonata... Aramis... Sospiro... etc, etc, etc.

    It would have to be a fancy hotel with all the perks of modern technology.

    "Ladies and Gentlemen, please get your badges on the left side of the Registration room, then proceed to the right side to get your complimentary portable DVD player, sponsored by Decca, and your complimentary headphones, sponsored by Opus Arte."

    "Please understand that the organizers are not legally responsible for any bodily injuries sustained in fights between proponents of modern vs. proponents of traditional stagings of Wagner's Ring."

    "Room 213 is for screening of 21st century off-the-beaten-path upcoming masterpieces. King Roger starts in 20 minutes. Room 217 will be screening Baroque operas. Rameau, Handel, and Lully lovers, please stand by; the program will be announced soon."

    "Anna Netrebko is holding an autograph session in Room 221. The Vienna Fire Department recommends no more than 100 people in the room at one time. Anna says that her fans should calm down because she is not planning any Salome performances with full strip-tease."

    "Do not miss the Champagne Party later tonight in the Ball Room, following the screening of Die Fledermaus. Tickets are on sale. There is a surcharge for Roederer Crystal, but plain Veuve Clicquot tickets are more affordable."
    Ah, that's beautiful!
    Natalie

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