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    I totally get the Ring followers now! I even played with the idea of attending one of the Met Ring cycles in the spring, but I think I'll stick to classical recordings for now.
    I am planning to be at NY Phil's concert with JDD in Feb and at L'Elisir d'Amore with JDF and Damrau on 3/24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    I was back home on Saturday already, although probably should've stayed until Sunday. Saw Esta at the Met on Fri though =)
    Hmm, you should have hung around and seen NYCB with me. Didn't you once mention that you know one of the ladies in the company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Hmm, you should have hung around and seen NYCB with me. Didn't you once mention that you know one of the ladies in the company?
    Next time... No, I don't know anyone @ NYCB. A family friend used to be in their children's division and danced some solos years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    I totally get the Ring followers now!
    I'm glad you liked "Gotterdammerung"! Sorry about your Act III neighbors, ugh. It has some of the best scenes.

    I've seen the Ring each time it's been presented in Seattle from 1995-2009, and I've traveled three times: Adelaide in 2004, Toronto in 2006, and San Francisco last summer. True Ringheads laugh at that. Since I've been on vacation and traveling alone, I've attended the seminars and symposia, and it's amazing how many people you see over and over and over again. The Ringheads gather together during breaks and discuss their five-year plans. "Oh, I'm going to Aix." "I was going to go there, but decided to go to the outdoor one in Arizona and try peyote on the day off." "You mean you didn't see the XYZ Ring at Bayreuth? [big pitying look]"

    Some Ringheads are wealthy, and they travel to multiple Rings every year, and others save up every dime they have to be able to spend their yearly vacation at one of them. Often it's an agonizing decision, with cast lists scoured and dissected, and schedules checked with a fine-toothed comb. ("XYZ is scheduled to sing his first Siegfried, but when is he going to learn the part with all those Tristans in his schedule/with his voice in tatters/with his history of cancellations/with his wife leaving him." etc.)

    For the three operas with intermissions, the Adelaide presenters did it the European way, with one very long intermission for dinner. They offered various options, and I did the buffet. We were seated at group tables, and I met some incredibly nice people. Most of the people were from Australia, and some of the people from Sydney were a bit disgruntled that there was no way that the Sydney Opera House could have presented such a big, intricate production, and they had to travel to Adelaide where the Festival Theatre was big enough and had the technical apparatus for the staging. (It opened with a proscenium-high water curtain to represent the Rhine, but at least it wasn't Melbourne that had the bragging rights for the first Australian Ring.) I also met a couple where the woman grew up in Madagascar, and they were astonished that I came all the way from Seattle to see their Ring. Asher Fisch got a first-rate performance out of the South Australia Opera Orchestra. It was an amazing experience. I even got to see one day of a five-day cricket match between Australia and New Zealand on the off day after the morning lecture. (Daniel Vettori )

    Ringheads are a lot like FSUers who travel from one skating competition to another.

    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    I am planning to be at NY Phil's concert with JDD in Feb and at L'Elisir d'Amore with JDF and Damrau on 3/24.
    Oh, oh, listen vicariously for me!!!!!
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    So, who is braving the HD crowds tomorrow for the Met's Gotterdammerung? I'll be playing Sleeping Brunny instead and will wait for the full Ring cycle either on PBS or encore HDs.
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    I'll be on the other side of the plaza again.

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    No Wagner for me. I'm eagerly anticipating Ernani!
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    I went to Aida Thursday night; it's only the second one I have ever been to and I won't even say how long ago the last one was. As with the first Aida I heard, Amneris out-sang everyone else on stage - with the exception of the Met chorus. They were fantastic and the finish of the 2nd act was truly memorable. I liked the production too; it's very nice is a tasteful Cecil B. DeMille cast of thousands way. The second act was really thrilling.

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    I'm hoping to attend my first live Met performance this year. I have a girls weekend planned with friends from college and a Met opera is one of the possible events on the schedule. I've never see an opera live, but I have seen the Met live in the theatre. I'm seriously hoping that everyone's up for the opera. You can usually catch a Broadway road show in a city near you, but it's a lot harder to see high quality opera outside of the big cities.

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    For anyone in Los Angeles, Goldstar still has some half-price tickets for the LA Opera's production of Simon Bocanegra, starring Placido Domingo.

    The LA Opera also announced its 2012-13 season and it is getting a lot of criticism for being rather uninspired. Some of the criticism is justified, particularly when you take into account that the three war horses on the calendar -- Don Giovanni, Tosca and Madama Butterfly -- have all been performed within the past five years. I understand they are trying to play things pretty safe due to the economy, but it has made me hesitant about renewing my subscription. (I probably will renew, because I am interested in seeing the other three operas, I Due Foscari, The Flying Dutchman and La Cenerentola, and the Renee Flemming Susan Graham recital.)

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    Saw a fabulous production of Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole at New England Conservatory yesterday. So much fun! Very colorful production, excellent comedic timing and lovely singing from all the students.

    Oh, and Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy for her Diva/Divo CD the day before her birthday. This fangirl is beyond thrilled!
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    Not NYC, but I just got a fundraising email from Seattle Opera for the 2013 Ring Cycle, and it was entitled, "A Message from Wotan"

    Listening to Diva/Divo right now, in JDD's honor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRidge View Post
    No Wagner for me. I'm eagerly anticipating Ernani!
    And how did you like it, assuming you went to the HD yesterday?

    I opted for a last-minute standing room ticket, but sat down after the 1st scene as the orchestra was only about 3/4 full. Loved hearing Angela Meade live for the 1st time and I look forward to her future roles. Something was missing in Hvorostovsky's singing, but not in Furlanetto's (liked him more here than in Faust) Giordani was the weakest link: he sounded ok solo, but not in duets, esp. with Meade. I wonder how it all sounded in HD?
    I also got in to see the quiz during 1st intermission and Diana Damrau was the lovely guest hostess. She then stayed to watch Joyce DiDonato interview Furlanetto & Hvorostovsky on the HD broadcast (The Met apparently now shows interviews on TVs on the orch level
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    I did see it, notwithstanding I couldn't get anyone to go with me after my father had to stay home due to hip surgery (We're both making it to Manon!).

    I really liked Angela Meade and I look forward to seeing more of her.

    I am not a fan of Giordani and I think that the impact of the entire opera was lessened by not having a tenor who could make a real impact. I don't really get why he is cast in so many roles at the Met.

    I liked Hvorostovsky. I thought Furlanetto was great.
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    The Met has announced its 2012-13 season, including the Live in HD series.
    http://www.metoperafamily.org/metope...1214&hpgraphic

    Comments? What are folks excited about seeing?
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    Giulio Cesare is my favorite opera, and if the Met is getting a new production, then I am beyond thrilled.

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    Got an extra ticket to Khovanshchina tomorrow at the Met. Good, but cheap orchestra seat. Any takers?

    I went to see Ernani HD encore to compare how the same performance would come across on the screen. Definitely more interesting to see costumes up close (but production is still boring). Hvorostovsky came out better on screen, Meade & Furlanetto were little worse than live: their voices carried better in house! Still didn't like Giordani. It's a shame when the title character is the weakest link vocally. Sirius had a broadcast yesterday of the same production when it premiered in 1983, with Pavarotti as Ernani. WHAT a HUGE difference!

    On our local scene, Boston Lyric Opera put up a very well-done production of Barber of Seville. A perfect mix of singing, acting, stage directing! So good that I am coming back on Sunday to see it again after seeing the final dress rehearsal
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaSherka View Post
    Got an extra ticket to Khovanshchina tomorrow at the Met. Good, but cheap orchestra seat. Any takers?

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    Oh my, I wish!

    I got myself a ticket for the Washington Opera full series next season so I will be seeing some live opera!
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    Oh my, I wish too, but I can't. A friend went last week and has been raving about how good it was.

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    Was able to find another opera lover for that extra ticket. Loved everything about the opera - music, singing, production (and a fun panel discussion with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Mariusz Kwiecien during intermission - I put most of it on YouTube & will link later if I remember)
    Now I am looking forward to L'Elisir d'Amore on Sat with a fantastic cast - Florez, Damrau, Kwiecien & Corbelli Squeee!
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