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#7361 - 08/27/13 10:52 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
Pete Offline


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If you are British, you spell it theatre. If you are American, you spell it theater. But for the particular place of which we are speaking, is it not "Opernhaus"?


Edited by Pete (08/27/13 10:56 AM)
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#7366 - 08/28/13 11:34 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
Andrew Offline


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Apparently the word theatre/theater/théâtre/teatro/Theaterbau/you name it/ originated in Greece.

BTW, for those who can read German, the Wikipedia article on the Opernhaus in Bayreuth is a great deal longer than the English language stub that I pointed to:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markgr%C3%A4fliches_Opernhaus

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#7377 - 09/02/13 08:01 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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I ran into the spelling conundrum when writing my articles for The Penguin Opera Guide. I discovered that most of the American venues in which the works (mostly musicals) I was writing about premiered spelled their names with the "Theatre" spelling. So I duly used the spelling used by the theatres themselves. And my British editor duly corrected them all to "theater," because those venues were, after all, American, and therefore that's how the word must be spelled.

I discovered that there's so consistency on these shores, given the inclination to feel that British spellings are classier and just plain better.

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#7379 - 09/02/13 03:42 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Jon]
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Amen to that. I have an American degree in "theatre" history -- that's how it's spelled on the diploma.

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#7380 - 09/02/13 07:44 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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Interesting to see how many Broadway theatres aren't theaters:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Broadway_theatres

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#7462 - 10/03/13 12:44 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Andrew]
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The first Met simulcast is this Saturday -- Eugene Onegin. Is anyone going?

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#7463 - 10/03/13 05:40 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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I am. I missed it last time.

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#7466 - 10/04/13 11:33 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Lorna]
Austin
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My wife is going. She doesn't care much for the opera, but she's a big Netrebko fan.

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#7472 - 10/07/13 12:32 AM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Lorna]
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Well, Lorna -- how was it?

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#7474 - 10/08/13 01:20 PM Re: Opera 7 [Re: Barbara]
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Disappointing, I'm sorry to say. Netrebko sounded great, as she always does. Lenski's aria was the highpoint of the show, as I guess it frequently is. But the performance was so draggy that I started wishing it would just be over. I don't know enough about this opera to know whether it was the production or the opera itself, but the whole thing just seemed flat to me.

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