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#29710 - 09/13/14 04:36 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Jon]
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I saw the Jack Gilford Fledermaus back when I was still in college and I still remember his performance. I saw it in Cleveland; the Met was still touring then. But I've never seen a stage performance of The Merry Widow, only the Jeanette MacDonald movie (confession: I have never liked Maurice Chevalier, not in anything I've ever seen him do). Luckily, I missed the Lana Turner version. I don't think the original plot was used in either movie.

We'll just keep our fingers crossed for Kelli O'Hara.

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#29786 - 10/09/14 04:25 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Barbara]
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Macbeth this Saturday. I want to see those witches.

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#29791 - 10/11/14 03:51 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Lorna]
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I guess it was well done...I'm emotionally exhausted...I should have known better...when I saw the Scottish play in Stratford years ago it just about wiped me out and gave me nightmares for weeks. At least we were spared the severed head.
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#29792 - 10/11/14 03:51 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Lorna]
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Oh, and the witches....kind of different, huh?
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#29793 - 10/12/14 05:20 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Kay]
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Definitely different. I see now why Shakespeare called them "the weird sisters". But memorable? Barbara, is that the chorus you've been remembering for years?

Netrebko was incredible. She came on strong with that first aria, setting a standard for herself, and she never failed to meet that standard. She always sounds good, but I've never heard her sound better than as Lady Macbeth.

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#29794 - 10/12/14 06:47 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Christopher]
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What with the blond hair, the tubbiness, and the cleavage, I thought she was channeling Anna Nicole Smith. But even so, she stole that opera, plain and simple. Powerhouse performance. I doubt if I'll remember the witches, but I'll remember Netrebko.

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#29795 - 10/12/14 09:47 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Lorna]
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Absolutely on Netrebko...fantastic performance....I would have liked the witches to be a bit more fantastic...they looked like housewives fighting for bargains at Marks and Spencer in the 1950s. I didn't catch it but my companion noted that one of the witches ended up spread eagled with her knickers in full view...oh, well...
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#29796 - 10/12/14 11:34 PM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Lorna]
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Andrew: what did you think of Verdi's treatment of the Bard?
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#29797 - 10/13/14 01:41 AM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Christopher]
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Barbara, is that the chorus you've been remembering for years?
No. It was completely re-staged, losing most of what made the earlier chorus so stunning. Loss of precision, loss of momentum, loss of the glazed look on the faces of the women, loss of the hypnotic quality of the intricate choreography perfectly executed. (Hey, fellas, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.) One thing they got right was dividing the witches into three groups in their first scene, a stage direction Verdi indicated but which is usually ignored. But on the whole this staging gave us a bunch of clowns, with a new element of sluttiness added to the mix. This is a chorus I want to forget. HUGE disappointment.

But I couldn't agree more about Netrebko. She made this opera her own, powerful and subtle and nuanced all at the same time. I've never heard a Lady Macbeth like that before.

BTW, did you catch Anita Rachvelishvili's little slip in one of the interviews? She wished two singers luck in La Clemenza di Figaro.

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#29798 - 10/13/14 11:11 AM Re: Opera 9 [Re: Barbara]
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Ha! Missed that.

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