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agalisgv
10-03-2009, 02:17 AM
I've never been much into opera. But last year my family decided to check out La Cenerentola with the Met Live in HD series (that's about as close as we can get to live opera where I live). Well, lo and behold my kids just loved it and want to see some more.

So now the new season for Met Live is about to start, and we're trying to decide which ones we should see. Here's (http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_current.aspx) the list of this season's upcoming performances.

Do people have suggestions on what would be good pics for opera newbies, particularly children? I think they liked La Cenerentola in part because it was funny.

Simon Boccanegra will be featuring Placido Domingo. I thought it might be nice to see him perform, but I don't know anything about the opera and whether Domingo would be worth seeing just because.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated :)

IceAlisa
10-03-2009, 02:29 AM
As any self-respecting skating fan, you should see the ABCs of opera or at least the A and the C offered this season, meaning Aida and Carmen. Aida is looooooooong and has a ballet in it but still worth is IMO. The B is for La Boheme but it's not on the list. That and La Traviata are my two all time faves.

Tosca is another one I would definitely go see if only to choreograph programs in my head. :lol:

Domingo is great but I would rather go for the music that I know I love which is the ones I recommended above.

LordCirque
10-03-2009, 02:32 AM
The Magic Flute by Mozart is great, I loved it anyway.

As mentioned, you're already very familiar with Carmen and Tosca :lol:

Twilight1
10-03-2009, 02:44 AM
The Barber of Seville
La Traviata
Madame Butterfly
The Bartered Bride
La Boheme
Cyrano de Bergerac
Don Giovanni
Turandot

Angelskates
10-03-2009, 03:02 AM
I absolutely adore La Traviata, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly, but from your list, I would go and see Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra or see Aida. When I saw Aida, the stage, costumes etc. were all amazing, best I have ever seen - and it has a pretty easy to follow storyline for children too, I think.

emason
10-03-2009, 03:09 AM
Tosca is another one I would definitely go see if only to choreograph programs in my head. :lol:
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This might not be the best time to go to Tosca for the first time. The Met has a new and very controversial production this season; the production team was loudly booed on opening night. The whole thing is the talk of the NY opera world at the moment; it might not be the best introduction to this particular opera.

I would suggest Turandot; the Met production is a big spectacular and might keep children interested even if they don't care for the story line.

UMBS Go Blue
10-03-2009, 03:17 AM
On a side note, I find this music video of Anna Netrebko singing the Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcvtrJjqhE) highly entertaining, although you might not want your kids to see it, agal. :inavoid: ;)

agalisgv
10-03-2009, 03:21 AM
I would suggest Turandot; the Met production is a big spectacular and might keep children interested even if they don't care for the story line.I confess I've been leaning towards Turandot.

Here are our options:
Tosca
Aida
Turandot
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Der Rosenkavalier
Carmen
Simon Boccanegra
Hamlet
Armida

My main concern is to pick something the kids will like. I don't want it to be a turn-off for them.
This might not be the best time to go to Tosca for the first time. The Met has a new and very controversial production this season; the production team was loudly booed on opening night. The whole thing is the talk of the NY opera world at the moment; it might not be the best introduction to this particular opera. Could you say more about this?
you might not want your kids to see it, agal. Yeah, no :P.

Orable
10-03-2009, 03:34 AM
OMG this is amazing. She's very pretty, her voice (to my untrained ears) is very stunning, the song is very lovely, the video? Is [unintentionally] very awesome. Wheeee! :rollin:

On a side note, I find this music video of Anna Netrebko singing the Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcvtrJjqhE) highly entertaining, although you might not want your kids to see it, agal. :inavoid: ;)

UMBS Go Blue
10-03-2009, 03:38 AM
:shuffle: :EVILLE: :shuffle:

ETA: The music video can be found (along with 3-4 other equally provocative ones) on one of Netrebko's Deutsche Grammophon CDs (http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Netrebko-Opera-Arias/dp/B00008MLSH) from a few years back that was a collection of popular arias. Netrebko also gave a much-acclaimed modern interpretation of La Traviata at the Salzburg festival in 2005 which is available on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Verdi-Traviata-Anna-Netrebko/dp/B000F3TAOE) - perhaps your local library might have this.

Netrebko (http://www.annanetrebko.com) will be performing in the Met's HD broadcasts of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in December, but I'm sorry to say I'm not familiar with that opera - or much at all, besides the fact that Netrebko has reached pop-star like status within the opera world. Netrebko will also be performing in the Met's production of La Boheme in March 2010, but that's not going to be on HD. :(

If I'd known, agal, that you'd be so interested in opera, I would have sent you a paperback I ended up donating to the local library - it was an quick, but encyclopedic reference, to most major operas. :wuzrobbed

Sorry for intentionally derailing the thread. :EVILLE:

The Village Idiot
10-03-2009, 04:16 AM
I consider myself a noob, and the one opera I have tickets to this season (so far) is Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Mind you I know nothing about it other than Anna Netrebko is in it and Bartlett Sher is directing. Definitely a hot ticket this season.

The one opera/performance that changed my life was Natalie Dessay in La Fille de Regiment and therefore I will see anything with her in it (Hamlet).

Based on friend recommendations, I was also going to get tix to Der Rosenkavalier or Armida...leaning towards Der Rosenkavalier (since there is only so much opera I can take).

IceAlisa
10-03-2009, 04:21 AM
This might not be the best time to go to Tosca for the first time. The Met has a new and very controversial production this season; the production team was loudly booed on opening night. The whole thing is the talk of the NY opera world at the moment; it might not be the best introduction to this particular opera.

What is controversial about this Tosca production? Was it Tosca in the nude? :P

Eden
10-03-2009, 04:36 AM
Agal, based on your posts, I would defenetly recommend Aida to you.
Enjoy!

ebayj
10-03-2009, 05:55 AM
Turandot is absolutely stunning, both musically, and scenically - most productions are jaw droppingly beautiful in their design - including the Zeffirelli. I get chills just thinking about it musically. Not as easy for the kids to follow though. I've never been big on Aida, but I am in the clear minority on that.

Rosenkavalier and Carmen are my recommended choices for the kids. Have fun!

agalisgv
10-03-2009, 06:07 AM
Rosenkavalier and Carmen are my recommended choices for the kids. Have fun! Would you say it's worth it to hear Placido Domingo? I know nothing about Simon Boccanegra.