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SaSherka
08-22-2012, 04:58 AM
You can refresh a number of times and get a new result ;)

kwanfan1818
08-22-2012, 05:38 AM
"Throw your panties up in the air -- it's Jonas Kaufmann (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylZ66fByq1Q&feature=player_detailpage#t=280s)!"

Where's Marge_Simpson?

Marge_Simpson
08-22-2012, 07:00 AM
I'm here. Why are you asking about my panties?! :lol:

kwanfan1818
08-22-2012, 09:34 AM
Have you seen Jonas Kaufmann? :lol:

emason
08-22-2012, 01:15 PM
Have you seen Jonas Kaufmann? :lol:

My least favorite opera composer ever - Wagner. Did I buy a ticket to next season's Parsifal? You betcha; for Kaufmann I am putting aside my dislike of Wagner.

BlueRidge
09-04-2012, 04:09 PM
Live in HD tix went on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. (aka folks who don't have an extra $150 for the Met) so I got my tix.

The rich had already bought all the tix at the D.C. location.

So its out to the wasteland that is Northern Virginia for me.

For six shows:
Otello
La Clemenza Di Tito
Aida
Les Troyens
Rigoletto
Guilio Cesare

SaSherka
09-05-2012, 09:52 AM
Live in HD tix went on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. (aka folks who don't have an extra $150 for the Met) so I got my tix.

The rich had already bought all the tix at the D.C. location.


Yep, same story with the only Boston location. It's the same every year, so I wasn't even surprised, plus the quality is better in the newer suburban theaters.
I may have to wait for last-minute HD tickets for myself as I overspent on the Met (2 are HD Saturdays anyway), Celebrity Series (Fleming/Graham; Jurowski w/LPO and Kissin), Boston Symphony opening night and Richard Tucker Gala in NYC and I have yet to buy my JDD@Carnegie ticket. Yep, and I was in a full-blown planning mode for either Munich or San Fran's performances of JDD's Capuleti/Montecchi tonight. Please, stop me :lol:

BlueRidge
09-05-2012, 01:37 PM
My mother liked to say, "You only go this way once, you might as well make the most of it!" :lol:

BlueRidge
09-27-2012, 03:59 PM
I saw the Washington Opera's Don Giovanni last night!

I'm about the same with opera as I am with skating so no detailed expert report from me. :lol:

I liked it. I thought the singing was good all the way around. I thought Ildar Abdrazakov was very good as Don Giovanni, definitely the most outstanding of the cast members. The Leporello was fine, but Luca Pisaroni was so good in the Met version last year that by comparison it was pretty dull.

Of the sopranos, I liked Zerlina Veronica Cangemi the best. Barbara Frittoli was Donna Elvira here as with the Met. I was interested to hear her live as I've liked her in the Live in HD programs I've seen but I was not that impressed with her voice. She's got the portrayal down though so her performance was convincing. The costume she wore through much of it was kind of :confused::rofl: so I enjoyed that to; it was some sort of skin tight pants with a bodice and a flowing sort of coat/cape. With high heels, that's what made it. :lol:

The production was much better than the Met's claustrophobic sets from last season. It appeared to be set in the 20th Century though some of the costumes didn't really fit with the time period. I always like that. :lol: There were a lot of changes of scenery and extras on stage, and dancing and stuff that added a lot to it.

The one thing I liked least was the orchestra. I don't really know what kind of rep the Washington Opera Orchestra has but I was underwhelmed by it. I'll be interested to see how they sound next week for Anna Bolena.

In any case, I had not been to a live opera since the 1980s! And I got a cheap 2nd tier seat which was really excellent. I really enjoyed going. :rollin:

emason
09-27-2012, 05:43 PM
Frittoli was absolutely ghastly, a major disappointment, the night I went to DG at the Met last season. I certainly won't be rushing out to buy a ticket to anything else she is in anytime soon.

Marge_Simpson
09-30-2012, 07:31 AM
I am going to JDD's recital at Carnegie Hall and to the dual Fleming/Graham recital in Boston.

I am no opera fan (although I'm certainly susceptible to peer pressure ;)) but if you would like to meet up for dinner afterward, please let me know. :)

LadyNit
09-30-2012, 09:35 AM
I'm looking forward to Seattle Opera's Fidelio. I lurrrrrve that opera. :swoon:

BYTCH
09-30-2012, 04:06 PM
I didn't realize there was an opera thread!

My biker buddy is up here at the trailer, helping close up for the season. Finding something for us to watch together on TV was a challenge--I refuse to watch football, hockey, or baseball; he won't watch Project Runway, Chelsea Handler, or The Closer.

We compromised and watched the Met's production of Das Rheingold Nothing like Wagnerian opera, he thought it was great. :rofl:

The subtitles made it possible, he really got into brudderschaft, and all the bass parts.

SaSherka
09-30-2012, 06:31 PM
I am no opera fan (although I'm certainly susceptible to peer pressure ;)) but if you would like to meet up for dinner afterward, please let me know. :)

I will also be in NYC the weekend before for the Richard Tucker Gala at the Avery Fisher Hall and will surely need to eat at some point! Will def try to peer-pressure you to see JDD at Carnegie Hall w/ me! ;)

In other opera news, went to the concert performance of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday. They miked everyone for the spoken parts and seems like the mics were still on for some/all of the singing parts. The overall result was that the singers, chorus and orchestra sounded evenly great, but I felt cheated as I didn't know what sound to believe.
Not my favorite music and a sizable number of attendees left at intermission, but I am still glad I went.

kwanfan1818
09-30-2012, 06:47 PM
Marge_Simpson, definitely go to hear JDD!

I love Fidelio, too. I'm really looking forward to hearing Marcy Stonikas (Sunday matinee only) after her :kickass: Turandot.