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#7989 - 02/28/14 07:56 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Rita]
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I'm familiar with the dance music (Isn't EVERYBODY?) Beyond that I am not sure I've heard any of it...and I think Austin pretty well summed up Russian opera...and that includes Onegin...
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#7998 - 03/02/14 07:48 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: ]
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Well, it was very...Russian. I hate to sound like Emperor Joseph telling Mozart that his music had too many notes, but it was just too long. I thought the poppy field sequence would never end, and I didn't see the need for the romance between Igor's son and the plump lady in a white nightgown and tacky wig. The music was melodic and accessible, and I liked the last two acts better than the first.

Austin, did you go?

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#8001 - 03/03/14 01:39 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Lorna]
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Would you call that a mixed review? wink

No, I didn't go. My wife mostly liked it. Her only real complaint was not musical but the acting, which she said was old-fashioned and hammy.

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#8002 - 03/03/14 07:56 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: ]
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The plot certainly didn't need the romance, but musically -- maybe. The son had a big aria early in, which the tenor playing the role sang with passion. For my money, the best voice on that stage belonged to the plump lady in the tacky wig. Her mezzo was mellow and distinctive, more pleasurable to listen to than the leading lady's occasionally screechy soprano. I don't know any of those principal singers; in his intro, Eric Owens said they were all "famous Slavic singers". Probably not too many other singers know those roles. But the multi-race chorus was strictly the Met's own.

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#8012 - 03/07/14 12:31 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Rita]
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Multi ethnic choruses, etc, are not limited to the Met...and while I am in favor of inclusiveness, I still think an occasional nod toward reality might be in order. A while back (a good while, actually) I remember seeing a production of Romeo and Juliet (the play) in which Romeo was white, Juliet black (NO PROBLEM WITH THAT-it works), but the kid was obviously adopted because the Capulets were white and Hispanic, respectively).
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#8040 - 03/16/14 08:32 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Kay]
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I loved Werther, loved it, loved it, loved it! The music, the singers, the set, everything...loved it!

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#8041 - 03/17/14 04:13 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Lorna]
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But what did you really think, Lorna? grin

I actually didn't care for it much at first, but it grew on me and I ended up liking it. What's the difference between vibrato and tremolo? Whichever it was, I think Sophie Koch had too much of it.

Has anyone ever remarked on Jonas Kaufmann's French pronunciation?

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#29130 - 04/01/14 11:46 AM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Rita]
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Bumping up to cover the spammer's postscript.

We were talking about Werther. What did you think, Barbara?

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#29134 - 04/01/14 07:50 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Rita]
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I didn't go, Rita. I'm not a fan of Massenet. I'm going to skip La Bohème this Saturday as well. It's the Zefferelli production from the '70s, without a doubt the best production of that opera I've ever seen. But I've seen it twice, so I'm going to pass this time around. Next time.

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#29146 - 04/03/14 08:25 PM Re: Opera 8 [Re: Barbara]
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Is the Zefferelli production a traditional one or one of those productions?

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