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emason
11-24-2012, 12:52 PM
We now all have an opera commission - finding suitable operas for Marge to go to so that she can continue to tell us that she loves opera, Baroque and otherwise.

Marge_Simpson
11-24-2012, 06:36 PM
:)

Marge_Simpson
11-26-2012, 08:23 AM
It turns out that I am off on Wednesday. Should I see Don Giovanni? And, BTW, why is opera so expensive compared to ballet? If the prices were lower I'd just go check it out, but for the $$ they charge, I want to be sure I won't fall asleep in my seat.

kwanfan1818
11-26-2012, 10:04 AM
Don Giovanni is not baroque opera, but it's a great opera. You don't have to pay for it this Wednesday: if you want, you can listen to it for free online or on an iPhone:
http://www.metoperafamily.org/stream/schedule.aspx

I don't know the women's singing very well, but the Don Giovanni (Ildar Abdrazakov, aka Mr. Olga Borodina) and the Leporello (Erwin Schrott, aka Mr. Anna Netrebko) are both terrific. I liked the production on HD, but a lot of people thought it was stark in the house.

emason
11-26-2012, 01:51 PM
Don Giovanni is not baroque opera, but it's a great opera. You don't have to pay for it this Wednesday: if you want, you can listen to it for free online or on an iPhone:
http://www.metoperafamily.org/stream/schedule.aspx

I don't know the women's singing very well, but the Don Giovanni (Ildar Abdrazakov, aka Mr. Olga Borodina) and the Leporello (Erwin Schrott, aka Mr. Anna Netrebko) are both terrific. I liked the production on HD, but a lot of people thought it was stark in the house.

Um, you liked a production that made Seville look like a Neopolitan slum? OK

Marge: get a cheap seat in the balcony or in the family circle. You can hear really well up there up and see well enough and until you decide if you really like opera, don't spring for the expensive seats.

Marge_Simpson
11-26-2012, 07:35 PM
Don Giovanni is not baroque opera, but it's a great opera. You don't have to pay for it this Wednesday: if you want, you can listen to it for free online or on an iPhone:
http://www.metoperafamily.org/stream/schedule.aspx.

Yeah, but I'm OFF.
If I stay home I will slop around in my pajamas and order Chinese takeout for dinner.
If I go out, I have an excuse to put on a skirt and eat at a nice restaurant first. :lol:

kwanfan1818
11-26-2012, 08:51 PM
Take emason's advice and sit in the Family Circle--the acoustics there are great. You won't see much, but the audio is great.

It's too bad they don't have Operavision at the Met: for three performances of each opera (about half) at San Francisco Opera, they drop two smallish screen at the top of the Balcony (the top level). You get to hear it live, but see the closeups, whenever you want.

ETA:

Um, you liked a production that made Seville look like a Neopolitan slum? OK
It didn't look so bad on HD because of the close-ups. A lot of the older rich people city residences in Spanish cities are on narrow, tight streets, so it didn't look that incongruous. The buildings did look like they needed power-washes, though.

kwanfan1818
11-26-2012, 11:39 PM
On another topic, Barihunks has just posted a link to this promo video for Berlin's Komische Oper's "The Magic Flute":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNY-IjS6ssQ&feature=youtu.be

I want to be on a plane, now.

SaSherka
12-01-2012, 03:07 PM
Oh, right. JDD @ CH. It was glorious. It will likely be THE concert of the year for me. I am pretty sure I was forgetting to breathe during some arias, and was holding on to my mom during Madre Diletta. I adored Il Complesso Barocco and it was a joy to see their smiling faces and sharing the moment with JDD and the audience.
I agree about Vivienne Westwood's dress sometimes upstaging JDD as I was studying the details of it a little too much (thank you, 2nd row seats!)
JDD posted the tour's photo album (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151121267022441.431851.207466962440&type=3) on FB.

emason, it was a pleasure to finally meet you and your friend, but apologies that we didn't have a chance to chat more. Marge, thanks for the present =)

And. Speaking of Baroque-ish operas, I'd recommend going to La Clemenza di Tito HD (http://www.metoperafamily.org//metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx) today or for the encore.

Also, Marge, you can get cheap tickets to the Met either via Weekday Rush (but beware of long lines) or via weekend lottery (http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/Rush.aspx)

IoanaC
12-01-2012, 10:11 PM
I've just seen "Clemenza di Tito" in the live HD broadcast from the Met and I was completely blown away by Elina Garanca. It's been a few years since I noticed her in Vivaldi's Bajazet, but tonight was my first time seeing her in a full opera production. Amazing voice, rich and deep, excellent control and her acting is great as well. I'm a fan!
I wasn't too impressed by Filianoti as Tito and Barbara Frittoli as Vittelia, but Garanca's presence more than made up for that.
I envy you New Yorkers who get the chance to experience this live at the Met.:)

kwanfan1818
12-01-2012, 10:27 PM
Garanca was amazing, and I still don't understand how in men's clothing in Act I, she looks so convincing as a man -- a very handsome one, at that -- and in Act II, when she's in the prison smock, she goes back to looking like a beautiful woman. She's a terrific actress.

I loved Frittoli in this. Of course, with it being miked, I have no idea how it sounded in the house, but Vitellia seemed a lot more comfortable for her voice than Donna Elvira, and she out-Erica Kaned Susan Lucci.

I loved Lucy Crowe: what a wonderful Met role debut.

I think this cast and production really got to the guts of the piece. Only Mozart could make opera seria into a weeper.

IoanaC
12-01-2012, 11:01 PM
I loved Frittoli in this. Of course, with it being miked, I have no idea how it sounded in the house, but Vitellia seemed a lot more comfortable for her voice than Donna Elvira, and she out-Erica Kaned Susan Lucci.

I loved Lucy Crowe: what a wonderful Met role debut.

My problem with Frittoli was more in her attitude/acting: too "foxy" and not regal enough, I thought. Next to Garanca's effortless acting, hers seemed a bit forced, especially in the first act.

I agree about Lucy Crowe, she was lovely. Kate Lindsey was excellent too.

SaSherka
12-01-2012, 11:27 PM
My problem with Frittoli was more in her attitude/acting: too "foxy" and not regal enough, I thought. Next to Garanca's effortless acting, hers seemed a bit forced, especially in the first act.

I agree about Lucy Crowe, she was lovely. Kate Lindsey was excellent too.

I believe I read somewhere that Frittoli's acting was what the director intended in this production. I too was taken aback by her overacting that didn't fit the rest, but apparently it wasn't all her "fault".

I loved this at the Met and I loved this in HD. I think Tito/Fillianoti was the weakest spot in this very high-level casting. Fritolli actually sounded better / more even in HD compared to the opening night, while Fillianoti seemed a bit strained today (better in the 2nd act, same as opening night)

Love-love-love Kate Lindsey and I think she'll make a dashing Sesto in the future.

Marge_Simpson
12-02-2012, 12:34 AM
So, I ended up going to see "Don Giovanni" on Wednesday, I managed to get one of the $20 orchestra seats. Yeah, yeah, I know the sound is better if you are higher up. But there's a much better chance of me staying interested if I'm close enough to see everything that's happening on the stage.
I wanted to like this, I really did. But "pleasant" is as far as I'm willing to go with my praise.
It's weird. emason's quibble with the Joyce DiDonato concert was that the pieces were relatively unknown and out-of-context. I had no problem with that, because I was just enjoying the beautiful music and marveling at her astounding voice. Similarly, I really enjoyed the recital that Skateboy organized in NYC earlier this year.
I thought seeing an actual opera would be an eye-opener for me and I expected to enjoy it. I mean, how can anyone dislike Mozart? But I really didn't. I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't have a brain disconnect, but I couldn't really get involved with what was happening on the stage. I guess I can't really appreciate opera as an art form, because my mind kept wandering in all different directions. ie, "Yeah, yeah, we get that you're a scorned woman, you told us that already. Why do you keep going on about it?" It didn't help that Susanna Philips voice hurt my ears, or that Erwin Schott reminded me of someone in his wig.
So I was there pondering, "He looks like someone familiar....but who? OMG. Ian Astbury!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgPvRSAdK6o

So then I kept hearing The Cult playing in my head. ("And so in her you'll find.....sanctuaaaaaaaaaaaaaary!")

However, it was not a wasted evening by any means. I struck up a conversation with the guy sitting next to me during the intermission. We have a dinner date on Sunday. :)

emason
12-02-2012, 03:02 AM
Marge,

Give opera another try. Think of it like the ballet; you know, how the casting and the production have a lot to do with it. Like how we can't stand ABT's Swan Lake, but we had no trouble grooving on the one from the Australian Ballet.

I like Don Giovanni, but think this particular production doesn't work. Saw it once and don't need to see it again, but I would go hear someone else's version.

(Enjoy dinner on Sunday.)