Opera Suggestions

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by agalisgv, Oct 3, 2009.

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    A friend of mine went last night and her word for DeNiese was STUPENDOUS. Said she dominated the opera in every way possible.
     
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    I read the news on Twitter yesterday. Well, I kind of agree with the comments to that article: I have a hard time believing De Niese just stepped in after 6 years, like a walk in the park, into the role and the choreography. I'm glad it turned out well, but I think she had been prepared to replace Dessay in case of illness. I doubt Peter Gelb would have taken such a risk otherwise.
    I had checked the Met's website a few days ago and actually wondered if Natalie Dessay would be able to sustain so many performances (10-12?). Her voice sounds better, but it's still strained. Such a pity...:(
     
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    It actually isn't that uncommon for replacements to be called in for key roles like that without rehearsing with the cast and orchestra. Angela Meade's big break in 2008 came when she stepped in for Sondra Radvanovsky in singing Elvira in Ernani at the Met. She was the cover for the role and had never rehearsed it at the Met. Recently, at the LA Opera, the lead soprano in The Flying Dutchman became ill shortly on opening night. The decision to replace her with her understudy came 12 minutes before curtain. The understudy had observed rehearsals and knew the score, but had never done a walk-through on the stage. (She also had never even been fitted for a wig, which was extremely noticeable in what was a very stylized production.)

    Also, performers often come into productions mid-way through a run. For instance, in the same Flying Dutchman, the performer playing Erik became ill after the second performance, was replaced by the understudy for the third and fourth performances, and a third performer was brought in for the final two performances. I very seriously doubt that third performer would have done anything other than a very brief run-through of some orchestrations with the conductor, because there would have been no time to do so with the orchestra and cast. The orchestra shows up before the performance, warms up, and is out the door before the final bows are taken. And the cost of an additonal rehearsal is prohibitive if you would have to pay 40 musicians an extra couple of hours. Instead, operas bring in performers who already know the roles and can be expected to pick up simple staging on the fly.
     
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    Of course I'm aware of that. I might be absolutely wrong, but I just have a feeling the MET wouldn't have taken a risk like that. Not only wasn't De Niese the official understudy, but she hasn't sung the role in a while. Back in December, when Bryan Hymel replaced Giordani in "Les Troyens", basically over night, they had to call Susan Graham and the rest of the cast on Christmas Eve to rehearse, even if Hymel had recently sung the role of Aeneas in London. Just like Giulio Cesare, that was a complex production too.
    Again, I might be completely wrong... Anyway, I'm glad De Niese rose to the challenge and the result was excellent.
     
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    I wonder about the rest of the run. Will Dessay sing on Friday, and, if not, then who?

    I heard Alagna's first ever Met Cavaradossi a season or two ago when I forget who pulled out ill on the day of the performance. Gelb's story was that he tracked down Alagna in a cab on the way to lunch in Little Italy, but one does wonder.
     
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    I mentioned that she hadn't had a rehearsal because in the article too which I linked, there was a photo/screen capture of her tweet:

    Fear. Jumping head first into a running show without rehearsing w/ cast or orch. #iMustBeCrrrrrazy! May the gods be w me. & the force too​
     
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    If she had been in rehearsal, wouldn't there be an awful lot of people who could call this out?
     
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    "It's an art, not a sport."
     
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    I love this one: "Baritone womanizes, acts like a baritone, pays the price, goes to hell." :lol:
     
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    I never knew before today that the Barihunks call the tenors they like "Hunkentenors" :lol:
     
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    For those of you who don't bow to the power of Handel and baroque (you don't know what you're missing:p), and therefore you probably won't attend the HD transmission of "Giulio Cesare" tomorrow, here's something you can enjoy instead. Live from Vienna, on ORF radio, "Eugene Onegin" with Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. (19.30 Central European Time)
    http://oe1.orf.at/programm/335632
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I wish I could see it again!
     
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    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.
     
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    It is wonderful!
     
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    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! ;) )

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    The Washington Opera did that a long time ago, I enjoyed it, hussy that she was. ;-)
     
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    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).
     
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    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/about-the-series/2012-2013-40th-anniversary-season/1477/

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

    (check local listings)

    Friday, May 17 at 9 PM
    Sunday, May 20 at 12 PM
    RIGOLETTO
    New Production
    (Verdi)

    Sunday, June 9 at 12 PM
    AIDA
    (Verdi)

    Sunday, June 30 at 12 PM
    LES TROYENS
    (Berlioz)

    Sunday, July 14 at 12 PM
    MARIA STUARDA
    New Production
    (Donizetti)

    Sunday, July 28 at 12 PM
    PARSIFAL
    New Production
    (Wagner)

    Sunday, August 18 at 12 PM
    FRANCESCA DA RIMINI
    New Production
    (Zandonai)

    Sunday, September 1 at 12 PM
    GIULIO CESARE
    New Production
    (Handel)
     
  28. kwanfan1818

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    Can wait to record all of these!
     
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    This one was on the PBS schedule:

    Sunday, May 5 at 12 PM
    UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
    New Production
    (Verdi)

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

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/gp-at-the-met-un-ballo-in-maschera/about-the-opera/1675/

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