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    I haven't had enough exposure to Elina G. to form an opinion about her; I just know I love Alice Coote. I'm even more interested in seeing her in Two Boys.

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    Every year when the LA Opera announces its schedule, my mother bemoans the fact that they have never done Norma and that she has never had the opportunity to see it live. She is attending a conference in Chicago in mid-October, so I asked her the other night if she wanted to go to New York for the weekend before her concert and then see the Met production on a Monday night. I got tickets this morning when the single production tickets went on sale and then booked our flights with miles. She is incredibly excited. (So am I. I haven't been to the Met in more than 20 years.)

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    That's fantastic news, reckless!
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    Joyce DiDonato will be at Carnegie Hall on Oct 13, info here:
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    Opera-related. I went to the Hollywood Bowl last night to see the LA Philharmonic perform Verdi's Requiem. The soloists were Juliana Di Giacomo, Michelle DeYoung, Vittorio Grigolo and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. I saw both Grigolo and D'Arcangelo at the LA Opera last season and it was interesting to see how different they were in the concert setting. D'Arcangelo, in particular, was lifeless when he wasn't playing a role, and his voice just doesn't have enough power even with a mic to work at the Bowl. Only Di Giacomo, who was the standout, and Grigolo seemed to work in the concert. DeYoung was extremely disappointing.

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    For Canadians: Priority Met in HD tickets went on sale in Canada today, and those who have SCENE cards (free) with Cineplex Theatres get priority ticketing without having to donate $125 to the Met. They also discount tickets (usually $25) if you buy 3, 5, or 8+, there's a small discount. I was able to order online, too, instead of spending a couple of hours on line at the theater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    For Canadians: Priority Met in HD tickets went on sale in Canada today, and those who have SCENE cards (free) with Cineplex Theatres get priority ticketing without having to donate $125 to the Met. They also discount tickets (usually $25) if you buy 3, 5, or 8+, there's a small discount. I was able to order online, too, instead of spending a couple of hours on line at the theater.
    I figured out a few seasons back that if I go to one of the suburban movie theatres instead of downtown Vancouver for these broadcasts, there's absolutely no need to purchase far in advance. I don't think I've ever seen the theatres at more than about 10% capacity.

    Of course part of the reason the Met broadcasts have a lower turnout in this area is the 10 am time for the Pacific time zone!

    Here's the lineup and ticket info, btw, for those interested. http://www.cineplex.com/Events/MetOp...er_Showcase_en

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    For any of you PNW/Seattle types, the Seattle Opera does the Ring cycle every summer. I am told that this year's production and especially the cast is WONDERFUL. The long-time director will be retiring soon, so the Ring might not continue. . . if you've ever wanted to go, now is the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post

    Of course part of the reason the Met broadcasts have a lower turnout in this area is the 10 am time for the Pacific time zone!
    If we're lucky they start at 10am -- some of them start at 9am That's why I don't go to the theaters in the burbs: that would mean losing even more sleep, while for downtown Scotiabank, I can roll out of bed at 9:15 and be in the theater for a 10am start.

    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    For any of you PNW/Seattle types, the Seattle Opera does the Ring cycle every summer. I am told that this year's production and especially the cast is WONDERFUL. The long-time director will be retiring soon, so the Ring might not continue. . . if you've ever wanted to go, now is the time.
    While the first Seattle Ring ran every summer from 1975-1984, it was not sustainable or affordable, and for the last few decades, it's done every four years for a repeat/update of the same production; for a new production there can be a five-six-year gap. Now at three cycles in a row, the singers have to commit to a multi-month rehearsal period, and even if the money could be found -- it usually takes three-four years to raise the money these days -- the singers and director Stephen Wadsworth couldn't afford the time each year. That's part of what makes it a hot ticket item.

    This summer, is the fourth time the current "Green" Ring has been staged, and it is lauded more and more as other productions are hated and hated. For those who loved the old Met Ring production and loathe the Lepage production with The Machine, and cringe at the descriptions of this year's Bayreuth production, the Seattle Ring is used as a critical cudgel to smack down the others. It could be the last time it's presented in Seattle; a new General Director, Aidan Lang, from New Zealand, takes over for the 2014-15 season. I doubt the Board would have hired him if he came in saying that he wanted to can the Ring; ever since then General Director Glynn Ross put Seattle on the map with his first production, it's been the city's high-cultural calling card. The question is whether the incremental money can be there for a new production without siphoning the donations from the General Fund.

    When you look at the text, 90% of the Ring is a big family soap opera, and Wadsworth treats the Ring like the theater director he is and has focused on the personal relationships, which makes it dramatically rewarding through lots of long, talky scenes. He refines and reworks the material, and, of course, he works with some new cast members each time. The sets are naturalistic and quite beautiful in the nature scenes, which are based on actual Pacific Northwest wildlife: the artists in the scene shop and the carpenters spent a lot of time in actual forests around the region, to create the detail and to show the decay over the ages of the Ring.

    It's General Director Speight Jenkins' last Ring -- he retires after the Wagner Competition next August -- and since 2013 is the Wagner Bicentennial, when a lot of opera houses are staging Wagner's works and most of the major singers were snapped up years in advance, it's a testament to Jenkins and the loyalty he inspires that that he's assembled a cast when the same singers could have made bigger and could have dropped in a week or two before the premiere for rehearsals at other houses, especially this year.

    I'm very excited to be seeing the third and last cycle next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless View Post
    Every year when the LA Opera announces its schedule, my mother bemoans the fact that they have never done Norma and that she has never had the opportunity to see it live. She is attending a conference in Chicago in mid-October, so I asked her the other night if she wanted to go to New York for the weekend before her concert and then see the Met production on a Monday night. I got tickets this morning when the single production tickets went on sale and then booked our flights with miles. She is incredibly excited. (So am I. I haven't been to the Met in more than 20 years.)
    Which Monday are you talking about? I may stay on the 14th to see Radvanovsky, but I am planning to see Meade/Barton one on Oct 24th.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Joyce DiDonato will be at Carnegie Hall on Oct 13, info here:
    http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar...Met-Orchestra/
    I'll be there. Single tickets go on sale in 10 days (Aug. 26 that is).
    Speaking of JDD, ya'll should go buy her #ReJOYCE "Best of" album!

    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    I haven't had enough exposure to Elina G. to form an opinion about her; I just know I love Alice Coote. I'm even more interested in seeing her in Two Boys.
    I would've loved to see Werther with Garanca. Apparently, I have this 2005 DVD that I have yet to watch: http://www.amazon.com/Massenet-Werth.../dp/B000BK53N8
    I may make a trip to see Coote as Octavian, but I already have tickets to see her in Two Boys (Oct 25).

    I have caught an opera travel bug and went to the Santa Fe opera and saw all 5 productions 2 weeks ago. What a special place to see opera! There was a full-blown thunderstorm with lightning during La Traviata and it was the most memorable Traviata I've seen (Brenda Rae better start getting offers in the USA!)

    How long 'til the Met season begins? http://www.hasthemetseasonstarted.com/

    Oh, also, there will be a fantastic Don Carlo broadcast from Salzburg in about 9.5 hours: http://www.medici.tv/#!/don-carlo-ve...zburg-festival

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    Which Monday are you talking about? I may stay on the 14th to see Radvanovsky, but I am planning to see Meade/Barton one on Oct 24th.
    We're going on the 14th. It fit with my mom's conference, and I wanted her to see Radvanovsky since I have been raving about her since Tosca. (I also was not wowed by Meade when I saw her last season in Don Giovanni.)

    I'm jealous that you went to Santa Fe. My stepmother has gone a few times and raved about it, so it is something I plan to do in the future.

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    Jonas Kaufmann and Thomas Hampson are looking good, literally, and sounding beautifully in the "Don Carlos" from Salzburg.
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    I saw the Giulio Cesare Met in HD in April and it was magical. I had never seen a Handel opera before but his music was so lush, and Bardon and Coote made a new fan out of me. I wish I had the chance see them again, arghhh. In the upcoming Met in HD season, nothing really stands out that much to me besides La Cenerentola with DiDonato and Florez. I love fun operas, DiDonato's voice is gorgeous, and Florez should be good.

    For La Boheme fans, the Korean National Opera did a marvelous production of it for their 50th anniversary. Wonderful singing and musicality, especially from the two leads. A very classic yet fresh interpretation. The whole thing's on YouTube in HD quality.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZIWRtpLPo0

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Jonas Kaufmann and Thomas Hampson are looking good, literally, and sounding beautifully in the "Don Carlos" from Salzburg.
    You cannot just throw around that phrase and not link to the video Available on demand at a bit over 4 hours long: http://www.medici.tv/#!/don-carlo-ve...zburg-festival

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    Sorry -- when I posted it was running live for subscription people only
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Sorry -- when I posted it was running live for subscription people only
    Subscription? What's that? It was just a free live broadcast.

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    I must have misread the email from medici tv: I thought the live broadcast was available to paid subscribers, and that it was only available for free after the live broadcast.
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    The Operalia finals are this weekend. They air Sunday live on medici.tv. The LA Opera just posted on its Facebook that four members of its Young Artist program reached the finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I'm very excited to be seeing the third and last cycle next week.
    I've read good things about Stuart Skelton's Siegmund, and Stefan Vinke is going to be Siegfried in a couple of weeks at the Enescu Festival (we'll have the Ring Cycle in concert version - let's see how the Bucharest audience handles that...)
    My most recent Ring experience has been listening to Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin at the BBC Proms (on BBC3), and that was absolutely exhilarating.

    Hope you have/had a good time in Seattle!

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