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#7225 - 07/14/13 01:49 PM Lucia from Munich
Jon Offline


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For 2 weeks, a concert performance of Lucia di Lammermoor, first streamed live last week from Munich, is available online.

It is conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and the soprano and tenor are luxury casting for this opera: Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja. I saw some of it during the initial stream, and enjoyed them both very much indeed -- to me he is a most welcome throwback to the phrase-caressing, melody-molding tenors of times past (including their lightly flickering, but to my ears attractive and healthy, vibrato).

Two participants of special interest: Veteran soprano Marie McLaughlin as Lucia's confidante Alisa, and the use of glass harmonica (Donizetti's original intention) rather than flute for the mad scene.

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#7226 - 07/14/13 06:18 PM Re: Lucia from Munich [Re: Jon]
Rita Offline


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This thing?


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#7227 - 07/14/13 06:30 PM Re: Lucia from Munich [Re: Jon]
Jon Offline


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Same principle, but the guy in the concert is actually doing it the low-tech way: touching the rims of water glasses and goblets. (It's in Act III if you want to check that out.)

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#7233 - 07/15/13 07:08 PM Re: Lucia from Munich [Re: Jon]
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Loc: Roanoke, VA , USA
Thanks for posting the link.


Edited by Kay (07/15/13 07:08 PM)
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#7237 - 07/18/13 06:46 PM Re: Lucia from Munich [Re: Jon]
Barbara Offline
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Yes, that's a much softer sound than the flute -- less assertive, more true accompaniment than soprano/flute duet. That was quite an ovation Diana Damrau received. I applauded too. smile

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