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  1. Opera
    Just taking a short break from SWTOR to proffer a short review of the Met broadcast of Lulu I saw today in the movie theater. Points: --Kentridge is a most brilliant artist to do this production... allusions to cabaret, Pabst's film Pandora's Box, jazz, Hannah Hoch's cut-up collages, stark pen...
  2. Opera
    (I tried to look for an existing thread about this, I really did) So much to talk about, so little (cough, cough) time... Are there any opera death scenes which (come scritto) just drag on too long? How much disbelief should we be asked to suspend when it comes time for a character to give up...
  3. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    I was listening to Glazunov's ballet, and a beautiful traditional production. This piece let me to believe Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was indeed a great composer. One beautiful movement after another, strong harmony and all immediately accessible, composed near the turn of the century...
  4. Opera
    Here's the hokey setup: You have a time machine, and you have access to any singer, conductor, orchestra and venue you wish, plus, all the money in the world to mount a one night only production of one extant opera of your choice. You also have complete creative control over the staging...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    This was posted today on Facebook by Swedish record label BIS, and I thought it worth sharing: The album was released in 2003 so the high sales aren't what you might call an overnight success, but it's a nice reminder that quality continues to be valued, without the need for slick marketing.
  6. Opera
    I'm looking to put on a professional production of a short opera like La Serva Padrona or Pimpinone in my town in New Jersey. Princeton (my hometown) has a very rich classical music community: we have our own professional symphony orchestra, a conservatory, a major university with the music...
  7. Opera
    I am new to opera and loaned out a DVD of Don Giovanni from my public library. I didn't read carefully the synopsis and production notes until I checked it out. The production was by Peter Sellars 1989. It is set in Harlem and a very bleak, inner city, ugly production. The casting of Don...
  8. Religious Music
    A thread just for sacred music... another beautiful production from The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, well worth including to your listening pleasure.
  9. Opera
    Southgate Opera Southgate Opera is one of the premier amateur opera groups in Greater London, with nearly fifty years of continuous productions. The season typically sees a light opera/operetta in February, with a more serious opera in June. Performances are presented at Wyllyotts Theatre...
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