Opera Suggestions, II

kwanfan1818

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San Francisco Opera is streaming video from its 2018 Ring Cycle, one opera each weekend, starting with this weekend's Das Rheingold, all free:


They also are having interviews, panel discussions, and lectures via Zoom all month, but these are paid. They have a pass to access all live all as well as on demand, plus on demand streaming of the Ring operas as they release them through May 2, or individual events for.$15/ea. The first two have been about an hour and include Q&A's.

Next up this coming Tuesday is a discussion between author-critic Alex Ross and Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, to discuss Ross' latest book, Wagnerism. It can be as immersive as you want, even giving the option of saving it all up for a week in April, as if you've taken a week off.
 

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I;m also watching the La Traviata from Vienna. I really like Pretty Yende as Violetta. I've always been a big fan of JDF but Yende is great too.
 

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I;m also watching the La Traviata from Vienna. I really like Pretty Yende as Violetta. I've always been a big fan of JDF but Yende is great too.
yeah already knew Juan Diego Flores is wonderful inn this role; I love Pretty Yende and wondered how she would be as Violetta; I think she's really good!

What did you think of the production?
 

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yeah already knew Juan Diego Flores is wonderful inn this role; I love Pretty Yende and wondered how she would be as Violetta; I think she's really good!

What did you think of the production?

I liked it. I think this is one of those operas where modern dress works well because the "business" is still very active. I didn't really like the countryside act but thought the other acts were on point.
 

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I liked it. I think this is one of those operas where modern dress works well because the "business" is still very active. I didn't really like the countryside act but thought the other acts were on point.

Yes same here. I thought they should have used some green projections or something for the countryside, it didn't contrast enough. But the first act particularly worked really well; I really enjoyed how they did it.
 

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Vienna State Opera is airing a repeat of yesterday's La Traviata this coming Friday, March 12, followed by back-to-back performances of Don Carlos/Don Carlo this coming Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's production is by Peter Konwitschny, from 2020, a modern dress production of the French version with Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos), Malin Byström (Elisabetta), Eve-Maud Hubeaux (Princess Eboli), Igor Golovatenko (de Posa), and probably Michele Pertusi (Phillip II), not listed in the email. Sunday's is an earlier production from 2015 of the Italian by Daniele Abbado with Stefano Secco (Don Carlo), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (de Pos), Maria Pia Piscitelli (Elisabetta), Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Princess Eboli).
 

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Did anyone else watch the stream of Tosca from Vienna? The singing and production were beautiful, but Anna Netrebko made a surprisingly anxious and subdued Tosca. Not a bad interpretation at all, but not what I expected from such a fiery performer. I wonder if the lack of audience/general atmosphere was difficult for her, or if she always plays it that way, or if she just thought she would try something different!
 

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Did anyone else watch the stream of Tosca from Vienna? The singing and production were beautiful, but Anna Netrebko made a surprisingly anxious and subdued Tosca. Not a bad interpretation at all, but not what I expected from such a fiery performer. I wonder if the lack of audience/general atmosphere was difficult for her, or if she always plays it that way, or if she just thought she would try something different!

Anna had a bad case of C19 this past fall and I don't think she's sounded as good in the few outings I've heard her.
 

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To me her voice sounded great this time out (and I was relieved because I'd heard about the C19). It was just the way she chose to play the role that was unexpected. Moving but unexpected. I had been expecting her to tear it up. :)
 

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To me her voice sounded great this time out (and I was relieved because I'd heard about the C19). It was just the way she chose to play the role that was unexpected. Moving but unexpected. I had been expecting her to tear it up. :)

She was a bit subdued at the Met too when I saw her as Tosca. I think she said she doesn't like the role, she just kept getting asked to do it.
 

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The webinar happening now as part of the SFO Ring Cycle series is a discussion by Jane Eaglen, Irene Thoerin, and Nina Stemme about singing Brunnhilde.

Eaglen looks fabulous.

ETA: And I just learned that Flagstad was the first to sing Brunnhilde at SFO.
 

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