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    I loved Bergmann's "Magic Flute" movie. He's got a real affinity for the opera. It ruined stage productions for me, except for the beautiful Jun Kaneko one (sets, projections, and costumes) that was co-produced by San Francisco Opera and four or five other companies. I wouldn't have gone there just for it, though, which would have been my loss.

    Luca Pisaroni is quite the hottie, too.

    Happily, West Coast CBC 2 plays the Met Opera Saturday broadcasts on delay, and I got home in time to listen starting with Act I Scene II. I don't think streaming is geo-blocked, but I don't remember if I've ever tried from Seattle.

    ETA: Joyce Di Donato just tweeted this backstage photo from after the performance:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    Well, I learned today that operas where everyone stands around repeating everything twenty times are not really my favorite kind of operas. The singing was beautiful, though. And Juan Diego Florez is quite the hottie!
    Oh, that would eliminate at least half of all operas! Give it another try. : ) Maybe the style just needs to grow on you. I have a recording of Cenerentola that I fell in love with - the interplay of word and music is so witty, I cant stop smiling.

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    [QUOTE=Spun Silver;4259985]

    Emason: I saw La Donna del Lago at NYCO too but more recently - loved it. I especially loved a phenomenal big-voiced mezzo named Laura Vlasak Nolen (in a lead pants role) who I was sure would be the next big thing in opera. She just seems to have disappeared. I hate it when that happens.

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    I think I had my dates wrong and didn't see this as long ago as I thought I did; I'm sure I heard it when you did, and I agree about the mezzo who did the trouser role. She pretty much stole the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    Well, I learned today that operas where everyone stands around repeating everything twenty times are not really my favorite kind of operas. The singing was beautiful, though. And Juan Diego Florez is quite the hottie!
    Bummer. Repetition is all in the name of fun, not to be taken seriously. Have you done the standarts, aka Boheme, Traviata, Tosca? Of, if you are a Baroque fan, smth. like Alcina?
    I did not know about DiDonato retiring Cenerentola. Wow, that's rather significant, and a pity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I went to Seattle to hear Seattle Opera's "The Tales of Hoffmann," which was beautifully sung and brilliantly directed by Chris Alexander. I've always been neutral on the work, and I might have skipped it had Bill Burden not been singing Hoffmann.
    Tonight I went to hear Vancouver Opera's production of "Don Carlo." Night and day. I realize there's a lot more to work with in Hoffmann, but the direction was of the lurch-and-freeze school, and the mechanical doll and the robot in "Hoffmann" were more lifelike than the characters in this "Don Carlo."
    I love both of these operas with all my heart; Hoffmann- because I grew up reading ETA Hoffmann and he ( it; his works) never lost a certain mystique for me; and the tenor role, when done well, is absolutely transcendant. And I love Don Carlo because it has one of the best Verdi orchestrations, and with a good orchestra and good singers, it is absolutely great music, the greatest...

    I have too much to say about Villazon, but his Hoffmann is pretty much how I envision the character; unhinged, wild, poetic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y5WR03_6o4
    I know Polenzani does it, and I have never heard that, and would love to- how a perfect musician ( great musician, singer or no singer... amazing musician) with a lighter voice makes the character come alive... here is a concert version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B66N5ysl9o0
    Oh God, I love this opera. But mostly, for the tenor possibilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Oh, that would eliminate at least half of all operas! Give it another try. : ) Maybe the style just needs to grow on you. I have a recording of Cenerentola that I fell in love with - the interplay of word and music is so witty, I cant stop smiling.
    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    Bummer. Repetition is all in the name of fun, not to be taken seriously. Have you done the standarts, aka Boheme, Traviata, Tosca? Of, if you are a Baroque fan, smth. like Alcina?
    It's just my personal preference. Maybe the repetition is an acquired taste, and maybe it'll grow on me. But when the action reaches a critical point and suddenly everyone breaks off to line up and sing, "Oh my! I am very confused! What will happen next?" for ten minutes straight, the practical side of me wants to shout, "Well, if you would proceed with the opera, MAYBE YOU'D FIND OUT!"

    (I realize opera is not supposed to be practical. But that sort of thing is PARTICULARLY impractical. )

    I've seen La Boheme and I've heard recordings of Tosca and La Traviata.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post

    I have too much to say about Villazon, but his Hoffmann is pretty much how I envision the character; unhinged, wild, poetic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y5WR03_6o4
    I know Polenzani does it, and I have never heard that, and would love to- how a perfect musician ( great musician, singer or no singer... amazing musician) with a lighter voice makes the character come alive... here is a concert version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B66N5ysl9o0
    Oh God, I love this opera. But mostly, for the tenor possibilities.
    Chris Alexander had a makeshift puppet thing going on during the "Kleinzach" aria, and Burden didn't get to move around a lot, but even in other parts, he wasn't as deranged a drunk as Villazon. Villazon reminded me of the Hoffmann chapter narrator that Robertson Davies used in "Lyre of Orpheus."

    It's too bad that next year, with Polenzani and Grigolo sharing the role, the Met has the HD scheduled for Grigolo, with audience favorite Hampson in the villains roles. They're also having the rare single soprano for all heroines in that cast -- I have to look up Hibla Gerzmava on YouTube -- while in Polenzani's, they've got a different soprano per act. I wish they were broadcasting the Polenzani, though.
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    I love The Magic Flute, but understand why some adults don't enjoy it. For me, the music is glorious and the fanciful elements are a wonderful change from so many other operas. And the new production we had in LA (from Berlin) did a wonderful job reinventing the opera.

    Here are some videos from the Minnesota Opera's version of that production, which it did after Los Angeles. The animation and the way the live performers interacted with the projections really are amazing.

    Der Hölle Rache (the Queen of the Night): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMP7xafUnw0

    Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton (Tamino): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx2kySpKu_E

    Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (Papageno): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0WozSpDoR4

    Pa Pa Pa (Papageno and Papagena): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XdDPgpdPwI

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    I woulld have loved to have seen that!
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    Wyliefan, are you going to go to any of the opera at Wolf Trap this summer?

    Its not easy for me to get to, but they are doing Giulio Cesare, so I'm dreaming about it anyway.
    http://www.wolftrap.org/Opera.aspx

    In Virginia, we also have the Castleton Festival in Rhappahannock county. I'm intrigued by it. They are doing Madame Butterfly and Don Giovanni. "The most beautiful backdrop for a music festival" Well certainly, but maybe that's not the most important thing.

    http://www.castletonfestival.org/
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    Hadn't planned on it. But I'm going to see La Traviata Live in HD next month.

    . . . Speaking of which, the Royal Opera House production is streaming live online right now, and I get to watch it while I work. Yay for telecommuting!

    And they just showed videos of people from all over the world singing "Va, pensiero." The last clip was of a little Russian girl -- maybe 8 or 9 -- singing it while she skated. She sang her part and then went splat on the ice. It was adorable.
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    Joyce DiDonato will perform at Carnegie Hall on Nov 4:

    http://www.carnegiehall.org/didonato/

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    hmmm I just heard that the Met had cancelled the Live in HD broadcast of the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer." I'm a little behind on this but looked up this article in the NY Times about it. Wondering what people think?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/ar...omplished.html
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    I'm very jaded but Linighoffer's death doesn't sound like a toe tapper to me--kinda like "Nixon in China" Hard to imagine that even Puccini or Verdi could make it enjoyable
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    Works and Process, at the Guggenheim Museum, will have 2 opera programs this fall: Nozze de Figaro on Sept 9, and
    Death of Klinghoffer on Oct 10. I got their brochure in the mail today, but nothing's on the website yet, dunno why.
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