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#7314 - 08/17/13 12:57 PM Opera 7
Barbara Offline
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Tickets for the 2013-2014 season of Met simulcasts are on sale now...and DANG! Elena Garanca has withdrawn from all of her Met performances this season because she's pregnant. And here I was all set to endure Werther again just to hear her Charlotte. Now Charlotte will be the Met debut role for French mezzo Sophie Koch. Do you know her, Andrew?

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#7338 - 08/22/13 06:24 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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Yes, I've seen her in one or two roles (e.g. the Composer in ''Ariadne auf Naxos''), but not recently.

I'm just back from Bayreuth - Tannhäuser and Dutchman ...

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#7342 - 08/23/13 06:48 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Andrew]
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Andrew, has restoration begun on the Festspielhaus? I've read it's in pretty bad shape.

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#7345 - 08/24/13 04:10 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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There weren't any works going on that I could see, but I didn't walk all the way round the building. The season ends next week so maybe they'll start then?

But on the other hand, Bayreuth's original 1748 opera theatre (The Margravial Opera House) is currently being restored and won't reopen until 2017. It was disappointing not to be able to go on a tour of that the theatre, but apparently a lot of renovation is required. They did at least have a sort of museum upstairs where there was a sort of Ipad which showed the interior of the theatre before the restoration started and we could zoom in and zoom out.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margravial_Opera_House

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#7351 - 08/25/13 05:57 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Andrew]
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Huh, I didn't know about that one. The picture shows a building that's a bit, um, weathered. Wiki says the interior was designed by a couple of the Bibienas (big name in 18th-century scene design). I went googling and found lots of pictures like this one:



And that's just an exit. The Bibiena family firmly believed that no inch should go unornamented.

Come to think of it, it's not likely performances would be scheduled in the Festspielhaus during reconstruction. Wolfgang Wagner said the building was going to fall down if something wasn't done soon; maybe they're still trying to raise the money.

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#7352 - 08/25/13 06:27 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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Whew! How can anyone focus on the stage with all of that to look at?

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#7355 - 08/26/13 11:56 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: ]
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What's the men's room look like?

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#7357 - 08/26/13 05:15 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Mike]
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Oh, Mike! grin Austin has a point. I'd be so busy ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the décor that I wouldn't pay enough attention to what's going on on the stage.

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#7358 - 08/26/13 08:41 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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I have been in old movie theaters that had statuary around the walls, etc., that distracted from what was happening on the screen...but theatres from the rococo and art deco periods are like that...
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#7359 - 08/26/13 08:42 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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And how do you spell theatre/er anyway?
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