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04-27-2013, 11:46 PM
Well that was a wee bit insane, but great fun. Loved Natalie Dessay, Alice Coote is a sensation! And I wanted to marry Patricia Bardon :swoon: who also had the best costumes, though Natalie had some great sparkles on hers. :D

I loved the first two parts, but I thought they went a little OTT after the second intermission.

Such great music, and such a great performance from all.

04-27-2013, 11:57 PM
I thought Coote was the high point. Bardon was way off pitch in her first aria, but she settled nicely after that. She was a pretty scary mother at the end, nice clothes and all.

04-28-2013, 02:49 AM
Coote is always the high point so far as I am concerned. Seeing it up close like this made me realize just how bat-s--t crazy Cornelia is at the end. My favorite moment is always the one at the end when the dead villains come back and give everyone aggro. I love this production, what can I say! I'm really glad I got a chance to see the costumes up close and I certainly won't have to read the subtitles Tuesday night when I see this again. I can just sit back and enjoy. It's not like I don't know what's coming next.

ETA: Everyone had great costumes but I really, really want Ptolemy's brown harem pants and his gorgeous (silk I think) suit from the scene with the butterfly net.

04-28-2013, 02:53 AM
I wish I could see it again!

04-28-2013, 03:01 AM
I think they will show it on TV at some point; PBS has been showing the HDs at some point. I DVRed the La Clemenza di Tito a few weeks ago; I think the HD broadcast was originally at the beginning of December.

Don't kill me, but this will be my third time. I also went opening night. After this I will be Cesared out, but this is my favorite opera, bar none.

04-28-2013, 03:15 AM
It is wonderful!

04-28-2013, 08:09 PM
The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAkgOMp7DU&feature=youtu.be) from the cast at Madison Opera.

They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.

Some of my all-time comic favorites are by Anna Russell...her analysis of Wagner's Ring Cycle is classic, and her "How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan Opera" is also hilarious! :lol:

(they're not short...but they are funny...& true! ;) )


Ring #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv7G92F2sqs&list=UUacuzWAv1dvF4xZAZUok5UQ&index=3

Ring #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WduYrwAGews&list=UUacuzWAv1dvF4xZAZUok5UQ

Ring #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypisVrbqDqE&list=UUacuzWAv1dvF4xZAZUok5UQ

G&S #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yif-5xBbxd4

G&S #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x59vFkATXR4

04-28-2013, 08:29 PM
On a more serious note...I'm not an opera maven...I like the usual suspects...Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, Massenet, et.al.

But there's a rarely performed opera that I just love "L'Amore dei Tre Re" by Italo Montemezzi...it's really gorgeous! I found the LPs years ago when I lived in San Francisco; I was collecting recordings by Placido Domingo and found this version with him, Anna Moffo and Pablo Elvira.

05-03-2013, 12:51 AM
But there's a rarely performed opera that I just love "L'Amore dei Tre Re" by Italo Montemezzi...it's really gorgeous! The Washington Opera did that a long time ago, I enjoyed it, hussy that she was. ;-)

05-03-2013, 01:56 AM
The Washington Opera did that a long time ago, I enjoyed it, hussy that she was. ;-)

It's lovely music. And the cast is so small, I'm surprised that more opera companies don't stage it. But I guess they go with the tried and true (and over-done) operas like Carmen, La Traviata, Pagliacci, etc. that they know will put people in the seats...not that there's anything wrong with that (tm Seinfeld).

05-07-2013, 02:42 PM

BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld 4h
"I'm quite proud to say we have sung on the same stage" - Tenor Luciano Pavarotti remembered http://bbc.in/16QCpqm

05-09-2013, 06:14 PM

GREAT PERFORMANCES at The Met – Season Seven (upcoming performances)

(check local listings)

Friday, May 17 at 9 PM
Sunday, May 20 at 12 PM
New Production

Sunday, June 9 at 12 PM

Sunday, June 30 at 12 PM

Sunday, July 14 at 12 PM
New Production

Sunday, July 28 at 12 PM
New Production

Sunday, August 18 at 12 PM
New Production

Sunday, September 1 at 12 PM
New Production

05-09-2013, 06:21 PM
Can wait to record all of these!

05-12-2013, 03:19 AM
This one was on the PBS schedule:

Sunday, May 5 at 12 PM
New Production

But my local affiliate is showing it tomorrow, SU, 05/12/13; so check your local listings!


Some of the Met’s leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky** as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king.

** a hard name to spell and pronounce...but a man so easy on the eyes and ears! ;)

05-19-2013, 08:26 PM
Watching (more like listening to) this new production of Rigoletto on PBS...seems to be set in 1960 Rat Pack era Las Vegas. Already had a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.