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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    I've got tickets to I Puritani for April 26! And Cosi the same day and Cenerentola the previous night.
    Mr Spun and I have tix for that Cosi. See you in the line to the ladies' room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Mr Spun and I have tix for that Cosi. See you in the line to the ladies' room.
    much shorter lines at the end of intermission (and especially up above the Family Circle if you can get there)
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    Excellent tips, thank you. You are definitely a poseur (poseuse?) as an opera novice. But point of fact, there is nothing above Family Circle. That is the top. So do you mean FC itself? We are in Balcony Boxes - great view and sound at the cheapest price they have, although half the stage is cut off. I always give Mr Spun the better seat because he really is an opera novice and gets upset about what he cannot see. So i either stand or close my eyes (as there is no point staring at his back) and just listen.

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    There is a little-known, somewhat hidden Ladies Room at the top of the Family Circle that is usually not too crowded, but it does require that one hike up to the top of the house; I, with my bad legs, can't do it and have to stand in the long, long line on the Balcony level.

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    Oh wow. I can hardly wait to check it out! Thanks! Sorry to the guys reading this thread, but any female who goes to the Met knows the feeling of the heart sinking at the realization that one's intermission will once again be spent standing in the LR line.

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    For Wagner fans, this past summer, the BBC Proms presented concert versions of The Ring operas. They've broadcast them at least twice, and they just finished up "Die Gotterdammerung" today. I only caught parts of it, thanks to a heads up from an opera list, but the lead-in announcer said that they'd be available on demand for seven days from the broadcast. Die Walkure, which aired Monday, should be up at least three more days.

    If you click on the name of the opera from this page, the opera-specific page should have the cast list and a "Listen Again" option as long as it's available. The "Die Gotterdammerung" option isn't up yet, but hopefully will be soon. I missed a chunk after the Norns, and I'm waiting for the button to appear, not very patiently.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/...2-533f43420975

    Daniel Barenboim conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin; the chorus in "Die Gotterdammerung" was the Royal Opera Chorus. It was quite a cast and had singers from across the Commonwealth joining colleagues from Germany and Scandinavia: three different singers shared Wotan/Wanderer: Iain Patterson (Scottland) in "Das Rheingold", Bryn Terfel (Wales) in "Die Walkure," and Norwegian baritone Terje Stensvold in "Siegfried." Simon O'Neill (New Zealand) sang Siegmund, and Lance Ryan (Canada, "Siegfried") and Andreas Schager ("Die Gotterdammerung") from Austria split Siegfried, but not in the same performance like they did in Berlin, when Ryan had a Johnny Weir in Torino moment.

    It's such a luxury when Waltrud Meier shows up to sing Second Norn and Waltraute. (We in Seattle were lucky to have Blythe for the last two Rings; she was there to sing Fricka.) Anje Kampe is sounding great as Siegliende, as I listen now.

    The star of the whole thing, though, was Nina Stemme, who did all three Brunnhilde's . If you ever have a chance to see her live, do. In the meantime, you can hear her for the next four-seven days on demand on BBC 3.
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    "La Forza del Destino" is streaming live NOW from Bayerische Staatsoper:
    http://streaming.staatsoper.de/

    It's set in modern dress. For some reason they've given Jonas Kaufmann a wig that makes him look like Greer Grimsley. I guess this passes for hippie rock star in operaland. Anja Harteros is Leonora.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    The third act of Tosca on the radio this afternoon nearly made me cry. Imagine what it would be like if I actually understood the words. I used to know a little Italian, but that was a long time ago -- now I can only catch a word here and there.

    I know it's one of the tired old warhorses, but I'm afraid I'd have to skate to that music if I were a skater!
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    ^ I saw it earlier this season with a different cast and had the same reaction. I was spellbound from beginning to end even though it was my umpteenth Tosca and despite the endless skating renditions of E lucevan le stelle. I've heard it called a potboiler, but I adore it.

    If you are listening to a classic opera on the radio, you can always find a bilingual libretto online if you feel like it. Keeping up with the complete text is not as easy as subtitles, but you get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    The third act of Tosca on the radio this afternoon nearly made me cry. Imagine what it would be like if I actually understood the words. I used to know a little Italian, but that was a long time ago -- now I can only catch a word here and there.

    I know it's one of the tired old warhorses, but I'm afraid I'd have to skate to that music if I were a skater!
    My mother's favorite opera!

    I've seen it live in HD, but not actual live. I hope to some day. I hope you do too, Wyliefan.

    I heard some of the radio broadcast. Would so love to see Sondra Radvonovsky live or Live in HD as Tosca.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRidge View Post
    My mother's favorite opera!

    I've seen it live in HD, but not actual live. I hope to some day. I hope you do too, Wyliefan.
    I hope so, too. Your mom has great taste in operas.
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    I found something else of interest to NYC opera lovers: Jonas Kaufman will appear at Carnegie Hall on Feb 20. info here:

    http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar...elmut-Deutsch/

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    Considering he sounds even better than he looks, it would be a shame to pass it up, if you can get there. There aren't a lot of tickets left, although they often have some more closer to the event.

    Three things about the Carnegie Hall site: it can be very slow. There are many pages, so that 10 or 12 minutes they give you isn't a lot of time, especially if the site is running slow. I've found it's worth choosing "Select Best Seat," even if they are showing entire sections sold out, especially if you're looking for a single. You can always pass/remove from cart if you don't like the section and prefer the cheaper partial or obstructed view seats, but you could be pleasantly surprised.

    The published program as of today is:
    SCHUMANN Selections from Zwölf Gedichte, Op. 35
    ·· Lust der Sturmnacht
    ·· Erstes Grün
    ·· Wanderung
    ·· Stille Thränen
    SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    ·· Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
    ·· Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
    ·· Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
    ·· Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
    ·· Ich will meine Seele tauchen
    ·· Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
    ·· Ich grolle nicht
    ·· Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen
    ·· Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
    ·· Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
    ·· Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
    ·· Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
    ·· Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
    ·· Allnächtlich im Traume
    ·· Aus alten Märchen
    ·· Die alten, bösen Lieder
    WAGNER
    LISZT Tre sonetti di Petrarca
    ·· Pace non trovo
    ·· Benedetto sia'l giorno
    ·· I' vidi in terra angelici costumi
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    So....are you saying I should get the evening off to hear this guy???
    I'm no huge opera fan, but I've quite enjoyed the opera recitals I've been to.

    emason, are you planning to go?
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    No, not this time. The family coffers are bare and I am going to be crying poor mouth and deprivation a lot in 2014. That, however, has nothing to do with how yummy Kaufman is.

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    He might throw in some opera in the encores, but the main program is art songs. Dichterliebe .

    When he sang in the "La Forza" that was streamed last Saturday, the crowd was stomping for quite a long time for the cast.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    Don't forget, that wonderful production of Eugene Onegin is on PBS tonight. I hear it's coming out on DVD, too!
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    Well, I've gotten the evening off on Feb 20, but it's to see the Royal Ballet. Sorry, Jonas!

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    From San Francisco Opera:

    14 Ways Opera Is Like the Winter Olympics
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    For people who like the Met Opera, either in person, and/or in HD, and/or in Saturday broadcasts,

    This will likely get a lot worse before it gets better
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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