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emason
06-28-2012, 02:45 AM
Well, you just made my day.

kwanfan1818
07-03-2012, 01:54 AM
Luca Pisaroni just posted a picture of his young self with Luciano Pavarotti to his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151006019348967&set=a.213482783966.134129.177795683966&type=1

Pisaroni used to sing to Pavarotti albums, wanting to be a tenor, but then puberty happened.

SaSherka
07-06-2012, 08:29 AM
I am going to Bel Canto at Caramoor for the first time. This Saturday is Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia with Ewa Podleś and then possibly Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in 2 weeks. http://www.caramoor.org/festival/opera
I drove an extra mile to get a CD from my library network and then found the whole thing on Spotify... Already heard Rossini borrowing pieces from himself...

kwanfan1818
07-14-2012, 12:37 AM
Reports, we want reports! (I've never been to Caramoor.)

The weekend "Einstein at the Beach" is playing in Berkeley, there are no performances of The Montagues and the Capulets at San Francisco Opera, i.e., no JDD :mad:

(Lohengrin, Schloengrin...)

SaSherka
07-25-2012, 04:38 PM
Oh, right, reports...
Here you go ;)
NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/arts/music/ciro-in-babilonia-by-rossini-in-bel-canto-at-caramoor.html)
WSJ (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303343404577516692743854460.html)
Detailed blog post from OperaTeen (http://operateen.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/ciro-in-babilonia-conquering-babylon-at-caramoor)

I went to hear Ms. Podleś as I was impressed hearing her in Rossini's Tancredi at Opera Boston almost 3 years ago, but I was also very impressed with the tenor, Michael Spyres! He almost stole the show with his "mad" aria. Caramoor felt like a mini-version of Tanglewood, scenery-wise, but I also really liked the pre-opera programming, with 2 concerts by Caramoor's young artists as well as an insightful lecture.

I chose to skip I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Aldrich & Gutierrez (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/arts/music/i-capuleti-e-i-montecchi-at-caramoor-international-music-festival.html) this past weekend, as Caramoor isn't as easy to get to for a day.

PS, kwanfan, what do you mean no JDD at SFO? The performances are in the Fall and she's still on the cast list??

emason
08-13-2012, 08:38 PM
OK, opera fans, Met tickets are on sale. I am going to:

Les Troyens Monday 12/17
Parsifal on Feb. 27
Francesca da Rimini March 12
Giulio Cesare April 30

I'm saving the rest of my budget for some possible HD broadcasts.

Anyone else here going to anything?

kwanfan1818
08-13-2012, 09:54 PM
Met tickets go on sale in Canada on 22 August to Met members, but two years ago, our local theater also sold them to SCENE members (the Cineplex affiliate program) in advance, important because for the last few years, all but the first five rows of the live showings have been sold out the day tickets go on sale, and the Encores months in advance. I'm hoping the same is true this year, since the sound system in the Cineplex theater is so much better than at the Park theater (where I can always get a same-day ticket).

I'm planning to try to see all of them except "Elisir d'Amore," which annoys me. I'd skip "Rigoletto," but the production sounds interesting.

emason
08-13-2012, 10:11 PM
I'm planning to try to see all of them except "Elisir d'Amore," which annoys me. I'd skip "Rigoletto," but the production sounds interesting.

Rigoletto annoys me. I find Gilda the most useless woman in all of opera and don't want to waste an evening with her.

SaSherka
08-14-2012, 04:09 AM
Hello-hello!
Got tickets to Maria Stuarda (1/4), Les Troyens (1/5) and Parsifal (3/2). Will also get Dialogues a bit later and will see about La Clemenza, Francesca, Rigoletto (just for Damrau & Beczala), Giulio Cesare and anything else if schedule allows. Will most likely end up at all HDs one way or another.

PS I am going to JDD's recital at Carnegie Hall and to the dual Fleming/Graham recital in Boston.

kwanfan1818
08-14-2012, 04:16 AM
PS I am going to JDD's recital at Carnegie Hall
:swoon:

reckless
08-14-2012, 05:18 AM
PS I am going to JDD's recital at Carnegie Hall and to the dual Fleming/Graham recital in Boston.

I wanted to get tickets for the Fleming/Graham recital in Los Angeles, but my mom didn't order them with her LA Philharmonic subscription and, by the time they were available to LA Opera subscribers, there weren't enough seats left. I'm hoping I can find some tickets available online in the weeks leading up to the recital.

ETA: I forgot to mention that I'm seeing Placido Domingo's recital at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. I can't wait for that.

kwanfan1818
08-20-2012, 07:06 AM
Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Family on Vacation (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152035646855300&set=a.10150118608055300.395006.329633785299&type=1)

reckless
08-20-2012, 07:47 AM
I just got home from the Hollywood Bowl, where the LA Philharmonic performed with Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez. It was a great night of music, but also one of the most bizarre concert programs I've ever witnessed.

Ostensibly, this was the closing event of a week-long festival of music from across the Americas. However, it really seemed like they said, "It's Placido Domingo. He can do whatever the hell he wants." So that's kind of how the program was.

It started with the overture from The Barber of Seville by the Philharmonic followed by Domingo and Martinez singing several opera arias and duets. (I forget exactly what, but they included some Wagner and Verdi who, last time I checked, were not exactly from the Americas.) Then they switched to American musicals, beginning with the LA Philharmonic doing the overture to Candide, followed by "I Could Have Danced All Night" (Martinez), "Some Enchanted Evening" (Domingo), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Martinez), and then a duet between the world's oldest Tony and Maria on "Tonight." After that, the program switched to several Zarzuela pieces, including two from Maravilla, and then closed with a series of somewhat random Spanish-language songs, including Domingo having the audience sing along with him to "Besame Mucho" and "Granada," and a duet that had a brief interlude where Domingo and Martinez did a short tango.

it was a great. albeit somewhat odd, concert. The singers were great and it is amazing at how strong Domingo's voice remains at his age. I get to see him perform again next month in I Due Foscari.

SaSherka
08-22-2012, 04:18 AM
I just got home from the Hollywood Bowl, where the LA Philharmonic performed with Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez. It was a great night of music, but also one of the most bizarre concert programs I've ever witnessed.

You got me curious, so I looked up this LA Times review. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-bowl-dudamel-domingo-review-20120821,0,3007442.story)
A few things have already popped up on YouTube, like PD's Granada & PD+AMM's duet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O5NsyU7Gok), Jazzed up Besame Mucho (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ_DTUcWqJo), AMM's crazily cadenza-ed Una Voce Poco Fa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_lV8wdEnpc) (Verrry impressed, even though I self-brainwashed to adore JDD's Rosina =) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=SJcuqaelqwE))
I am usually hesitant about open-air concerts due to popular programming issues, but we had a very good Boston Lyric Opera collaboration here in Boston a couple weeks ago.

PS. Has the Met season started? (http://www.hasthemetseasonstarted.com/) ;)

kwanfan1818
08-22-2012, 04:35 AM
PS. Has the Met season started? (http://www.hasthemetseasonstarted.com/) ;)

:lol: