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#4228 - 12/12/11 12:19 AM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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Ooops...once again real life interfered...
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#4241 - 12/13/11 08:15 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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Barbara, did they do the ballet?

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#4245 - 12/14/11 12:38 AM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Lorna]
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Nope. Mephistopheles mentioned Walpurgis Night and said they needed to leave for the Witches' Dance, but instead they went straight into the final trio. It would have been nice to see something Faust was doing other than seducing/betraying Marguerite, but musically the ballet is an interruption. Only that frenzied part at the end is exciting; the rest of it is just tinkle, tinkle, plunk, plunk -- to satisfy the Opéra's insistence on 15 minutes of en pointe stuck in there somewhere.

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#4352 - 12/31/11 02:51 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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Apparently no matinee at the Met today...broadcast is from January 1951...Fledermaus with Rise Stevens and Patrice Munsel. Good production of Strauss's frothy musical passing itself off as an opera. The scary part is that I heard it LIVE!
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#4356 - 12/31/11 05:29 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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BBC Radio 3 broadcast a recorded Covent Garden Traviata in the Met slot today. I had to turn it off after Act 1 as the audience was desperate to applaud everything. Tomorrow, an (apparently) live Meistersinger matinee from the Royal Opera. I was at the first night of this revival and enjoyed it greatly. The Hans Sachs (Wolfgang Koch) looked a bit young for the role but has a very nice voice. Walther was beefy New Zealander Simon O'Neill - plenty of stamina, but rather nasal in Act 3. The ladies were excellent and the David (Toby Spence) was the best I can remember. (And I was sorry that Robert Lloyd, the 71-year-old Night Watchman, wasn't singing Pogner). The joint stars of the show were ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano (soon to be Sir Antonio) and the orchestra. Some, but not me, thought the tempi were a bit too fast. Well worth listening to if you can get it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018nr4x.

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#4378 - 01/02/12 11:23 AM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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Available for only six more days, counting today.

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#4399 - 01/07/12 01:54 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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I love that haunting little song the Mother sings right after she sends H&G out to gather berries. I think that's the only time in the whole opera one person is on stage alone.

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#4453 - 01/16/12 07:46 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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The Enchanted Island coming up this Saturday. It looks gorgeous. I know pastiche operas were common in the 18th century, but this is the first I've heard of in my lifetime. Have there been any other recent ones, does anyone know?

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#4454 - 01/16/12 08:28 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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Depends what you mean by recent, Barbara. In 1991, Paul Griffiths put together a whole lot of Mozart arias, some written for other composers' works, some just concert arias, some substitute arias in his own operas in a (rather boring) commedia dell'arte plot. It was called The Jewel Box:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jewel_Box

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#4510 - 01/21/12 08:28 PM Re: Opera 4 [Re: Barbara]
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I thought Enchanged Isle started off a bit slow, but eventually I was blown away...Placido Domingo AND mermaids together?

Seriously, if you didn't take it seriously, it was great fun.


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