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#3930 - 11/05/11 06:27 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: ]
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Ja. It ran just under five and a half hours instead of the estimated six, and it seemed shorter than that. Jay Hunter Morris is one helluva singer. His voice cracked slightly on a high note toward the end of the first act, but he came back to sing even higher notes with no trouble at all, and he finished strong. (It was amusing to learn that offstage Siegfried speaks with a Texas drawl. grin ) The scene with the bird was charming, a word not ordinarily applied to Wagner. The projected bird was voice-activated, so when the soprano sang, the bird's beak opened and closed. That machine set (mechanical planks) continues to amaze me with its versatility. But Aunt Brünnhilde and nephew Siegfried eventually got together, the stage is set for Twilight Time, and I've got a nice Wagner buzz going right now.

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#3931 - 11/05/11 06:46 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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Ja! And I am still not wild about Wagner, and it was awfully long, BUT Jay Hunter Morris,the Texas-born tenor who replaced Gary Lehman made it worthwhile!

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#3932 - 11/05/11 06:49 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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I see Barbara got her review posted while I was trying to get the photo to work.
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#3935 - 11/06/11 11:11 AM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Barbara]
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Oh my. Brünnhilde and Siegfried ARE aunt and nephew, aren't they? And she's been in stasis longer than he's been alive. What dating service would match them up?

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#3936 - 11/06/11 12:15 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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If anyone wants to hear Anna Russell saying (among other things) "She's his aunt, by the way" and "I'm not making this up, you know", here's the playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE8E30971E7AEB819

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#3946 - 11/07/11 10:27 AM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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The Ring makes the Medici family look positively chaste. Go back a generation...Siegmund and Sieglinde are half brother and sister...Wotan seems to have had a thing about keeping it "all in the family."
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#3952 - 11/08/11 09:40 AM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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Wasn't every woman Siegfried knew his aunt?
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#3954 - 11/08/11 01:23 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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No, there's Gutrune. To quote Anna Russell again (approximately): "She's the only woman he's met who isn't his aunt".

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#3960 - 11/09/11 05:43 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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Actually, Kay, Siegfried's parents are full brother and sister. (It's Brünnhilde who is their half-sister.) One might be tempted to blame it on ancient mythology, but actually in the Siegfried myths with which I'm familiar, Sieglinde (or however the character is named in a particular version) is rescued from her marriage by her brother, but has a baby with someone else (a king she eventually marries, I think). Wagner, as ever, tightened the situation and eliminated/combined characters.

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#3964 - 11/09/11 09:11 PM Re: Opera 3 [Re: Kay]
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That doesn't make it any less incestuous...not that it matters a whole lot...
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