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#1729 - 12/22/10 07:46 AM Re: Opera 3
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During the Saturday-afternoon radio broadcast season they avoid duplication, and Don Carlo was the first for this season. But before and after that timeframe, they don't seem to worry about it.

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#1730 - 01/02/11 05:20 PM Re: Opera 3
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Next Saturday I hope to see Fanciulla in simulcast at Virginia Western Community College (unless it snows again!)
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#1731 - 01/02/11 08:07 PM Re: Opera 3
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At a college? Huh. I thought only movie theaters were wired to receive the operas. Me, I'll be going to the Century 16 theater at ten o'clock Saturday morning.

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#1732 - 01/07/11 07:05 PM Re: Opera 3
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And I won't be going until the "encore" performance in two weeks....from their website: The college has begun extensive renovations to Whitman Theater. Unfortunately these renovations will not be completed in time to show the January 8th live performance of Puccini’s La Fancuilla Del West. The January 8th performance will be shown as an encore performance on January 22nd at 1:00pm. Tickets currently purchased for the January 8th performance will be honored on January 22nd

I was out of town when they did Don Carlo, which I heard was sensational. I knew there was a lot of construction going on over there, but did not realize it had affected the theatre. Glad I decided to double check on the time....
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#1733 - 01/08/11 07:11 PM Re: Opera 3
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With snow on my car and the simulcast of Fanciulla postponed two weeks, I decided to stay in, listen to the broadcast and do some much needed straigtening up in the office. Turned on the TV to check the weather and ended up glued to the newscasts from Arizona...deja vu to the Tech shootings a few years ago...and even to Dallas in 1963...
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#1734 - 01/09/11 05:50 PM Re: Opera 3
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Fanciulla is a special interest of mine, of course, because of A Cadenza for Caruso. How fitting that this current production should first be performed on Dec. 10, 2010, one hundred years to the day after the world premiere at the Met with Caruso, Destinn, and Amato, with Toscanini in the pit.

There's been some comment about how Deborah Voigt's voice has taken on a harder edge following her weight-loss surgery, but I swear I couldn't hear it. Her voice was bright and warm, even on those "high Cs that come out of nowhere," as she put it. I can't imagine the difficulty in singing a through-composed work like this in which you're onstage most of the time. I thought Voigt was absolutely great. Giordani, it seemed to me, had to strain a lot, but he generally got his notes out okay. Baritone Lucio Gallo was new to me; he made a properly menacing Jack Rance.

I've frequently complained about the Met's love affair with brown sets. Act I of Fanciulla was without doubt the brownest I've ever seen -- brown furniture, brown props, brown costumes, and dim lighting that made everything else look brown. But this time, I have to admit it seemed appropriate. I don't imagine Old West saloons thrown together in mining camps went in much for candy colors. The other two acts had more color variety, and all three sets are the old-fashioned, realistic style of stage setting. I liked it. This is not a brand new production but a slightly revamped version of an earlier one designed by Mario del Monaco's son, Giancarlo. You'd think for a centennial production they'd come up with one that was all new, but this one works very well. VERY well.

One thing I did not like about the production was that Minnie and Johnson/Ramirez do not ride away together at the end. They simply join hands and walk away. "Addio, California!" sounds so much better when sung on horseback.

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#1735 - 01/10/11 11:52 AM Re: Opera 3
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No horses?

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#1736 - 01/10/11 03:16 PM Re: Opera 3
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Yes, there were horses in the production; both Minnie and J/R rode briefly in the second act. There just weren't any in the final scene.

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#1737 - 01/15/11 03:07 PM Re: Opera 3
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Anyone listening to Traviata? I don't think I've ever heard baritone Andrzej Dobber before; I'm sure I'd remember his expressive singing of "Di provenza il mar". That's the closest I've ever come to liking the aria.

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#1738 - 01/15/11 09:11 PM Re: Opera 3
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I liked all three of the singers. Wish we could have seen this one. Next week...Rigoletto. Finally.

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