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    We went to see Turandot, and it was just spectacular . Loved it, loved it, loved it!

    We'll go see one more production, but haven't been able to decide which one.

    Do post how you liked Tales of Hoffmann missBella--I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

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    My favorites:

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    I'm glad so glad you loved Turandot , Puccini is my favorite and Turandot is my favorite of all his operas. I only wish he had lived long enough to do a final aria. Did they dim the lights at the point where Puccini's composition ended?

    My first operas were 2 one acts that our grade school class went to: L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges and Gianni Schicchi I didn't understand the first one, this was before surtitles, so we had no idea what was going on. But I still remember how much I loved Gianni Schicchi all the greedy relatives, and him leaving himself all the money at the end. It's a terrific opera for children.
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    The next Met HD production is Der Rosenkavalier, with Renee Fleming. I saw her in recital last week and have never heard her sing better. I'm thinking of getting tickets for that performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BYTCH View Post
    Did they dim the lights at the point where Puccini's composition ended?
    I didn't notice, sad to say. We were taken by the majesty of the production and missed the finer details of things.

    For two days afterward we would sing Nessum Dorma at the top of our lungs--much to the chagrin of others . Great fun.

    Der Rosenkavalier is one of the operas we were thinking of seeing, but I don't know how the music would compare with Puccini. With Fleming performing, however, perhaps it would be worth it regardless.

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    Der Rosenkavalier is a bit more modern than Turandot, but it is one of Richard Strauss's lushest scores that occasionally turns dissonant in places. It's not one of the more strident ones, like Elektra or Salome. It is, though, one of the longer operas at an estimated 4'45".

    One of the most beautiful scenes in the opera, maybe all of opera, is the Act II Presentation of the Rose, and Susan Graham, singing Octavian, should be superb in it.

    The Carmen that follows is going to be in modern dress.
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Rosenkavelier , and don't remember it as being that long, which speaks volumes. Whether the children would enjoy it I dunno, they didn't like Aida which has some of the most glorious music in the repertoire, so it's hard to tell. It would depend on why they didn't like it, and how long their attention spans are.

    The trouser role will be confusing--at least it's always been a puzzle to me how that convention came about. I'm sure that trouser roles are all about the music, but I have trouble getting past the characters and plot. Romeo being sung by a woman, even as wonderful as Tatiana Troyanos, still makes me shake my head. I've always wondered if they should be sung by contra-tenors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BYTCH View Post
    Romeo being sung by a woman, even as wonderful as Tatiana Troyanos, still makes me shake my head. I've always wondered if they should be sung by contra-tenors.
    Well, at least one counter-tenor, Brian Asawa, made it known that he desired the role of Cherubino, but I don't think anything came of it. There are, however, lots of roles that are sung by both counter-tenors and mezzo - both Sesto and Caesar in Julio Cesare, for instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    Do post how you liked Tales of Hoffmann missBella--I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

    Sure!

    In short, I loved it. And in fact, it was such a surprise that it has become my favorite (of the season), so far!

    When I went in to the show, I thought it was going to be a dark, weird and creeepy drama, because to me, that's what the Met's preview's made it look like. In the beginning of the season, (and based on the synopsis) I almost skipped buying a ticket for it because I thought the story would be weird, too heavy, or psychological but boy, am I glad I didn't! It was not what I expected, it was easy to follow, nice and intellectual with amazing music.


    As long as you don't expect a Turandot or Aida-like showstopping spectacle, you will love this one, too.


    Visually, at times it felt like a Tim Burton-esque, (Alice in Wonderland) movie because there were some awesome magical, kooky characters, and costumes... and then there was the mesmerizing part of Kathleen Kim as a doll.

    She had to act and sing like a doll, and for me, just seeing this, made it worth the price. For teens, or someone relatively new to the opera, this will be a memorable highlight for a long time.

    I found the music, extremely accessible for hearing it for the first time --- in a way, it was more 'modern' by operatic standards and was very, very catchy. Apart from the aria in my last post, I wasn't familiar with any of the melodies but twice I almost forgot that I was in public and wanted to sing-along out loud. (During "klich-klach" and Olympia, the doll's song). And for hours and hours, they were stuck in my head.


    Overall, it's a drama (but then again, which opera isn't??) with comedy, dances and a 3-4 minute PG scene.



    Is Rosenkavelier really that long? Good to know, for I shall have to sneak in some food. I didn't buy anything at the intermissions of Aida and I almost passed out by the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    For two days afterward we would sing Nessum Dorma at the top of our lungs--much to the chagrin of others . Great fun.
    So that endless yowling was you; I thought the neighbor's cat got stuck on our roof again.

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    The Tales of Hoffmann 12/19

    Quote Originally Posted by missBella View Post
    Just a reminder that it's The Tales of Hoffmann tomorrow! It's best known aria was in Life is Beautiful and Titanic. The previews made it look minimalistic and creepy.
    My current favorite version of the Barcarolle is the one with Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko.


    Quote Originally Posted by missBella View Post
    I found the music, extremely accessible for hearing it for the first time --- in a way, it was more 'modern' by operatic standards and was very, very catchy. Apart from the aria in my last post, I wasn't familiar with any of the melodies but twice I almost forgot that I was in public and wanted to sing-along out loud. (During "klich-klach" and Olympia, the doll's song). And for hours and hours, they were stuck in my head.

    Overall, it's a drama (but then again, which opera isn't??) with comedy, dances and a 3-4 minute PG scene.
    ITA, the music was gorgeous and the ~4 hours flew by fast! I still wonder if Netrebko could've sang the role of Giulietta, as Gubanova didn't impress me much, and I was in the house for this performance. Kathleen Kim stole the show, but it's easy to do with such a winning aria. She clearly got the most enthusiastic applause during the performance. Ms. Netrebko (Antonia/Stella) and Mr. Calleja (Hoffmann) got the well-deserved biggest curtain call applause.
    Quote Originally Posted by missBella View Post
    Visually, at times it felt like a Tim Burton-esque, (Alice in Wonderland) movie because there were some awesome magical, kooky characters, and costumes... and then there was the mesmerizing part of Kathleen Kim as a doll.
    Great description! Tim Burton-esque it sure was I understand it is hard to stage Hoffmann, but I liked this production, although for me the action was sometimes too slow for the main characters, or too fast and all over the place for the dancers. It seems the staging at times took over the music, but I don't know how this looked on the Live in HD transmission. I want to catch an encore and also see the production with the originally announced E. Garanca as the Muse, R. Villazon as Hoffmann and R. Pape as the villains (yeah, I'll keep dreaming =D)

    All in all, it was a good outing and I got a picture with Anna Netrebko =D
    Can't wait for the Carmen in a week, but hope I am not building up too many expectations. Although after seeing the live transmission of Carmen from La Scala, I am ready for a more traditional Carmen...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    My current favorite version of the Barcarolle is the one with Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko

    That is just lovely.
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    I just heard the season premiere of the new production of "Carmen" on Sirius radio. Elina Garanca sounded great; her voice was very rich. Roberto Alagna was all as Don Jose. I can't imagine him doing the broadcast interview like his cover (and Don Jose after Alagna) Brandon Jovanovich and saying "You betcha!". Mariuz Kwiecien as Escamillo. Montreal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin kept the pace .

    According to director Richard Eyre, known for his Shakespeare productions and as director of "Iris", "Notes on a Scandal", and "The Other Man", the setting is the Spanish Civil War period. There is one intermission, for those going to the HD broadcast.

    The production was originally created for Angela Gheorghiu and her husband Alagna, but they split publicly, and she gets the last two performances next spring with Jonas Kaufmann. (When Gheorghiu pulled out of the opening an all performances with her husband, Alina Garanca moved from Nicklausse in "The Tales of Hoffman" to "Carmen".) It pays to be a , torn between Kwiecien and Kaufmann.
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    Go see La bohème


    mmm luscious!

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    Met's Carmen

    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I just heard the season premiere of the new production of "Carmen" on Sirius radio. <...>
    I was at the premiere and I highly recommend this to anyone thinking of going to the Live in HD on Jan 16th. It was a traditional production with clever staging and sets (nothing of that bullcrap from La Scala (ok, Kauffman was dreamy there ) that was broadcast in theatres on Dec 7).

    I want to add to kwanfan's review that Barbara Frittoli sang the role of Micaela like I've never heard before (and Carmen is my favorite opera).

    Elina Garanca sounded fine, but

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    I still keep my fingers crossed for the Gheorghiu and Kauffmann version in April-May

    Fabulous production! Go see it! <3
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    I have tickets to see Carmen at the Met in February. I cannot wait! My first time ever at the Met

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    Have a wonderful time, RedRover!

    If you get there early enough, you can visit not only the gift shop, but also the galleries downstairs, with portraits of the great singers who've sung at the Met.

    One of the my favorite moments in all of the arts, which they don't film on most HD broadcasts -- they opt for the stage manager calling the maestro to the pit -- is when the mini-chandeliers rise just as the lights start to dim. I get chills just thinking about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    .. re opera suggestions...
    Just for music alone, and not the “story line” or “stage production grandeur”, my favorites (besides Carmen and Don Giovanni) are “Il Trovatore” and “L’elisire d’amore”, and the only few I can listen to from start to end without skipping portions and enjoy the music alone without the “visual”.

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    Back a few years ago I saw a production of 'Filumena". lol. A purely Albertan production.

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    Ok who saw Der Rosenkavalier yesterday? Whatcha think, knowledgeable folks?

    Were there sound problems everywhere or was that our theater?
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