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#1739 - 01/15/11 09:11 PM Re: Opera 3
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I heard Act 1, but then it was dinner-time. I saw Dobber as a very good Macbeth in Richard Jones's Glyndebourne production a couple of years ago.

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#1740 - 01/22/11 04:11 PM Re: Opera 3
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What did you think of Nina's "Cara nome"? She sang it so carefully, as if she was just learning it. Lovely sound, though.

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#1741 - 01/22/11 09:33 PM Re: Opera 3
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Saw our "delayed" big screen telecast of Fanciulla today and loved it, although I do agree that they should have ridden off into the sunset.

So, of course, I had to miss "Rigoletto."

I hope there are no more problems with Virginia Western getting the telecasts in the future...really looking forward to Nixon in China.
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#1742 - 01/23/11 06:11 AM Re: Opera 3
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I missed Rigoletto too - I went to see Opera North's Carmen yesterday evening. Instead of being set in Seville, Spain, it was set in Seville, Ohio. It was nevertheless sung in French (but then, so is Carmen when set in Spain) but a number of other things had been changed, too: Escamillo was the owner of a pit-bull-terrier (we didn't see any fighting, thank goodness), Lillas Pastia's tavern was an open-air establishment, Josť was a policeman, not a soldier, Micaela was rather tarty with big hair. And some of the music was cut - sacrilege! No chorus of small boys in Act 1, no quintet in Act 2, no smugglers' chorus in Act 3 (hardly any smugglers, either), no local-colour chorus or parade of (pit-) bull-fighters at the start of Act 4. The principals were all good, though, particularly Peter Auty as Don Josť, and the final scene packed as big a punch as ever. And we did get (some) spoken dialogue rather than the non-Bizet recitatives.

During some of the goings-on, I wondered why they didn't make Escamillo a boxer and use the libretto for Carmen Jones.

[This message has been edited by Andrew (edited 01-23-2011).]

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#1743 - 01/27/11 11:11 AM Re: Opera 3
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Ever since I saw the weird interpretation of Aida in Salzburg several years ago (sort of modern dress, with soldiers pedaling kiddy car sized tanks and jeeps during the "triumphal" scene) I've wonder why they can't just leave well enough alone and do the operas as the composer/librettist intended.
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#1744 - 01/29/11 03:08 PM Re: Opera 3
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Makes them feel creative.

What about today's Scarpia? He sounds harsh to me.

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#1745 - 01/29/11 04:19 PM Re: Opera 3
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To me, too.

Carmen with no boys' chorus, no quintet, no smugglers' chorus, no processional -- it sounds like a concert version.

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#1746 - 02/12/11 09:43 PM Re: Opera 3
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Saw the live telecast of Nixon in China this afternoon...what a powerful piece of theater that is!

I don't think this is an opera you'd want to "listen" to....you HAVE to see it...an incredibe ballet sequence...the final act with multiple things going on all the time...(ok, probably not worse that some of the ensemble pieces in Verdi and Mozart)

I am so glad we finally got the simulcasts in Roanoke. The theater at the college is small, and was probably 3/4 full today...I was afraid I'd be by myself!

We get Domingo next time...that ought to bring them out!

But I LOVED Nixon.

Great to see Thomas Hampson doing the between act interviews, too....
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#1747 - 02/13/11 07:14 AM Re: Opera 3
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I saw it yesterday too. I've seen it once on stage (ENO in London) and, of course, this was the same production but with completely different singers except (I think) for Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon. She's done various roles for Opera North and was the Prima Donna in Rufus Wainright's much-panned Prima Donna. Good to see her at the Met.

I know a fair bit of the music, and it was just as riveting as last time. The best singing (IMO) was from Russell Braun as Chou Enlai. James Maddalena IS Nixon, but he got a bit croaky as the opera wore on. Robert Brubaker as Mao and Richard Paul Fink (Kissinger) were good, too, and it was nice to see Adams himself conducting.

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#1748 - 02/13/11 10:26 PM Re: Opera 3
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Just got notified via Facebook that I have won two tickets (from local NPR station) to a filmed version of a live telecast of Cav and Pag from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Starring Jose Cura as Canio.

Just emailed all my opera loving friends and said the extra ticket goes to the first responder...I was surprised at how few of the local people on my email list are folks that I KNOW for sure like opera...only a handful were at Nixon yesterday...

I like CAV and parts of PAG (as long as the tenor doesn't blubber too much)...but probably would not have gone if they hadn't given me the tickets.
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