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    The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less from the cast at Madison Opera.

    They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less from the cast at Madison Opera.

    They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.
    I love this one: "Baritone womanizes, acts like a baritone, pays the price, goes to hell."

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    I never knew before today that the Barihunks call the tenors they like "Hunkentenors"
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Mikis Theodorakis Electra. Don't worry, it sounds nothing at all like Zorba The Greek
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-c4Ey1LXwo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx0eTRMqr6E

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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), 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 who also had the best costumes, though Natalie had some great sparkles on hers.

    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.
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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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!
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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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!
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    The plot of Don Giovanni in 15 seconds or less from the cast at Madison Opera.

    They really should make a t-shirt out of the last one.
    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!

    (they're not short...but they are funny...& true! )

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    Ring #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv7G9...Uok5UQ&index=3

    Ring #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WduYr...dvF4xZAZUok5UQ

    Ring #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypisV...dvF4xZAZUok5UQ

    G&S #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yif-5xBbxd4

    G&S #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x59vFkATXR4
    Last edited by dardar1126; 04-28-2013 at 08:18 PM.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    But there's a rarely performed opera that I just love "L'Amore dei Tre Re" by Italo Montemezzi...it's really gorgeous!
    The Washington Opera did that a long time ago, I enjoyed it, hussy that she was. ;-)
    Boi Bumba!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BYTCH View Post
    The Washington Opera did that a long time ago, I enjoyed it, hussy that she was. ;-)
    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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    "I'm quite proud to say we have sung on the same stage" - Tenor Luciano Pavarotti remembered http://bbc.in/16QCpqm

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    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/about-...y-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)

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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/episod...he-opera/1675/

    Some of the Met’s leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky** as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king.
    ** 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.

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