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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Isn't Shagimuratova wonderful? I heard her as Queen of the Night in San Francisco.
    She really was wonderful. Having seen Radvanovsky last spring in Tosca and this fall in Norma, I am a bit spoiled. (And Radvanovsky is doing a recital next year in LA, so I get to see her again.)

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRidge View Post
    that's great, reckless. I was not familiar with her. I see she will be singing Lucia at the Met next season. Hope to hear that on livestream or radio.

    I'm off tomorrow for L'Elisir D'Amore by the Washington Opera. Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez are getting good reviews.
    Definitely listen to Lucia from the Met. I'm hoping it is one of the HD. As for Costello and Perez, I saw them in La Boheme and enjoyed them. I'm just not sure they are as good as the hype they get. A lot of it seems to come from them being married. But L'Elisir is always fun.

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    Sadly, no Lucia in HD. I think they've only repeated greatest hits and/or superstars (Tosca, Carmen, Fleming and Netrebko in Onegin), and they already did the Zimmerman Lucia with Dessay

    Costello and Perez get that married couple halo, especially after she's now won the Richard Tucker Award (with gala on PBS), too. She's also the first American of Hispanic descent to get the award, since they ignored Lisette Oropesa, and that got lots of press. American opera likes its Lear/Stewarts more than its Georghiu/Alagnas.
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    I enjoyed the L'Elisir D'Amore. It was quite a beautiful production and very sweet. Nice portrayals and singing though not outstanding.
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jollibee View Post
    I'm unfamiliar with Werther but might want to see the HD broadcast tomorrow. Has anyone seen Werther before? Is it good?
    I saw Werther last month, at Paris Bastille opera. Roberto Alagna was impressive, but I couldn't understand a word from the mezzo Soprano (had to watch the subtitles while she was singing in French)...
    And I went after a skating session, so obviously I fell asleep at times.

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    I dont know if there are any more Wozzecks at the Met with Levine conducting, but it was quite wonderful. Even my hubby, who is fairly new to opera and NEVER listens to dissonant music, had no complaints. Levine loves difficult scores! <3

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    Kristina Opalais (sp?) took over Mimi in today's Met in HD on 2.5 hours sleep after making her role debut as Butterfly last night. I guess the record is Juan Diego Flores, who was up the whole night while his wife gave birth before Me Comte d'Ory, but he didn't have to learn the staging that morning.

    Tenor Vittorio Grigolo hit on host JDD at the end of their intermission interview.

    You gotta love live theater.
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    Listening to snippets on the radio (I'm in and out of the room while working on various things). I missed the tenor incident, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Tenor Vittorio Grigolo hit on host JDD at the end of their intermission interview.
    Hilarious! Too bad I missed this

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    I was very disappointed not to see my compatriot Anita Hartig (who had been receiving excellent reviews), but Opolais handled the circumstance amazingly. I didn't really like her as Vitellia in Mozart's "Clemenza di Tito" earlier this season (a Munich broadcast), but I think Puccini suits her voice, although her Mimi was a bit too "dark". Hope to catch a Met broadcast of her Butterfly.

    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818
    Tenor Vittorio Grigolo hit on host JDD at the end of their intermission interview.
    Can't blame the guy, she looked positively gorgeous.

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