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#6799 - 03/30/13 02:46 PM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Barbara]
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As far as I'm concerned, Domingo stole the show.

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#6924 - 04/26/13 11:36 PM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Rita]
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Tomorrow, the last simulcast of the season, Giulio Cesare. Well, make that "today" for everyone east of here.

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#6925 - 04/27/13 06:46 PM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Kay]
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The live cast from the Met was to say the least interesting....the Handel score was well performed, the production couldn't quite decide what century it was (but definitely not the first B.C.)...but I really enjoyed it even so. Once I got used to the fact that Caesar looked incredibly like Commander Riker from Star Trek Next Gen....
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#6926 - 04/28/13 05:38 AM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Kay]
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I saw this production at Glyndebourne a few years ago - David Daniels was Caesar and Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra wearing lots of different dresses - very enjoyable and a sort of cross between high camp and Bollywood.

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#6928 - 04/28/13 07:49 PM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Andrew]
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Yes, a large serving of Bollywood, I'd say. Egyptian, Indian -- what's the dif, right? Everyone was obviously having fun. A friend and I agreed that the right word for this production was "cute". And it WAS cute -- cute scenes, cute hijinks going on during the arias. I liked it. grin

David Daniels repeated as Caesar, a role he's evidently known for, but I thought a lot of his runs were kind of muddy-sounding. Natalie Dessay took on Cleo and her many costume changes, two of which revealed a lot of skin, and I mean a LOT. But I have to say I don't remember ever hearing her sound better -- just beautiful.

I did weary of the excessive repeats, but that's a gripe I have against all baroque operas, not just this one. If you missed this one, you missed a good show.

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#6929 - 04/28/13 07:53 PM Re: Opera 6 [Re: Kay]
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Well put, Barbara, although I did get a little tired of the rolling waves, which I think are leftover from some earlier production....sure didn't look like the Nile to me smile
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