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05-09-2012, 05:10 PM
Just posted to Dmitri Hvorostovsky's FB Page:

Jonas Kaufmann and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Duet from "The Pearl Fishers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2MwnHpLV48)


05-09-2012, 05:48 PM
Just posted to Dmitri Hvorostovsky's FB Page:

Jonas Kaufmann and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Duet from "The Pearl Fishers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2MwnHpLV48)


Thank you, thank you, thank you. My sucky day just improved greatly.

05-09-2012, 10:16 PM
Adding my thanks!

06-05-2012, 12:10 AM
I am in a mild opera withdrawal (even though Met HD is starting to show up on PBS)
I guess I am not the only one as there's this gem that bloomed a couple days ago.
Enjoy! (It helps to know the singers / opera plots for this one)

06-05-2012, 12:33 AM
That was great!!! (But so mean to Luisi :lol:)

06-08-2012, 09:35 PM
Patti Smiths Top Five Operas (http://www.wqxr.org/#!/articles/top-5-105/2012/jun/06/rocker-patti-smiths-top-five-operas/)

Scroll for the video.

I'm sure that many people who ask G-d why they have to suffer are as delusional as Tosca.

06-10-2012, 09:15 PM
I woke up at 5 a.m. to watch the live-stream of the Operalia competition from Beijing. American soprano Janai Brugger swept all the women's awards -- opera, zarzuela, and the audience award. The men's awards were heavily divided, with first and second place in the opera category ties. Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin and American counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo shared the top prize in the opera repertoire.

Brugger is amazing. She won the Met competition earlier in the year and I saw her a few weeks ago as Musetta in La Boheme, where she absolutely stole the show. She has a tremendous future.

Amartuvshin has an incredible voice. I think he needs to work a little more at conveying the emotion of a piece, but I'm still very surprised by the tie.

It's available for rewatching here (http://www.medici.tv/#!/operalia-2012-final-round-ncpa-beijing-domingo)

06-11-2012, 03:52 AM
reckless, 5 a.m. wow! I only watched the live awards as I couldn't wake up to watch the final live. I only heard Costanzo live twice before, so I am really excited he won (will watch the broadcast later). I hope to catch that LA Opera's La Boheme radio broadcast with Janai on June 23 (will post the link later). Curious to see where she goes after LA Opera young artist program.

06-11-2012, 04:41 PM
I'll admit that I had not planned on waking that early. I just happened to wake up and remembered that it was streaming. On a side note, I laughed yesterday when your congratulatory tweet showed up in my twitter stream.

I'm also very interested in seeing where Janai Brugger goes from here. There are only a few young actors and singers that I've seen who have made me really think "this person will be a huge success." After seeing her Musetta, I was left with that impression of Janai. We will definitely miss her in LA.

06-13-2012, 01:33 AM
On a side note, I laughed yesterday when your congratulatory tweet showed up in my twitter stream.
Busted! Haha! Twitter works in mysterious ways!
I watched almost the whole broadcast and In addition to top winners, I liked the Russian mezzos.

06-15-2012, 09:07 PM
From Operavore

Sage Advice (http://www.wqxr.org/#!/blogs/operavore/2012/jun/13/sage-advice/)

06-25-2012, 09:03 AM
I was in San Francisco this weekend, and I heard Ferruccio Furlanetto as Atilla. That he was great was no surprise, but a lot of people were surprised by Quinn Kelsey, the Ezio. I wasn't, because he was a :kickass: Amonasro in Vancouver Opera's "Aida" a couple of months ago, but I still don't know why he's not more well known.

The big surprise for me was "The Magic Flute." I only went to hear Alek Shrader, the tenor who sang "A mes amis" in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, which was part of the documentary "The Audition" -- I wanted to hear what he sounded like live, from the back row. (Lovely voice.)

OperaVision = :rockstar: In the Balcony, for a subset of performances per opera, they drop two screens from the ceiling and show the opera through cameras. It's like watching a Met HD, albeit on a smaller screen, but hearing it live, the best of both worlds plus you still can always watch the stage. Plus the camera caught the entrance of the :swoon: conductor, Rory Macdonald. (Without OV, from the Balcony he looks like an ant, if you can see him at all.) For this opera, it was always better to keep watching the stage, because of the way the projections blended into each other.

The Queen of the Night, Albina Shagimuratova, was the vocal star, but the best part of the opera were the sets and costumes by painter/sculptor Jun Kaneko, and realized by two video artists. The video (http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/2011-2012-Season/The-Magic-Flute.aspx#media-videos) gives a better sense of the singers, but the photos (http://sfopera.com/Season-Tickets/2011-2012-Season/The-Magic-Flute.aspx#media-photos) give a better sense of the production.

The good news is that it's a co-production with four other companies, and two will present it next season:

Opera Carolina (January 19, 24, 27 2013) -- Belk Theater
Opera Omaha (February 22, 24 2013) -- Orpheum Theater

I can't find when Washington National Opera (Kennedy Center) and Lyric Opera of Kansas City plan to show it, but it's worth seeing when they do. It doesn't matter who sings it.

06-25-2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the report. I've made it to Chicago for the opera. Next on my wish list is San Francisco.

06-25-2012, 06:35 PM
I'm meeting some friends in Dallas for a weekend of "Moby Dick" and the Bellini "The Capulets and the Montagues" (with Joyce diDonato as Romeo) next fall. (They want to see Ben Heppner as Ahab; I'd rather have waited for Jay Hunter Morris.)

The SFO season is broken in two: the longer fall season with five-six operas, and then the shorter June-July with three after the SF Ballet season. Their summer clashes with the NY ballet season, and I would avoid the opera on Pride weekend: I wouldn't do it again if Melchior, Leider, and Schorr rose from the dead to sing The Ring.

I'm considering flying into Oakland: last Friday, due to fog SFO was down to one runway, and my 3:15pm flight took off well after we were supposed to have landed, and I missed "Nixon in China."

06-28-2012, 12:57 AM
Can't believe I missed this: