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the only latge genre i have not seen discussed here

anthony, Saturday, 8 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I really hate Opera. A few songs are alright, but overall I think Opera is a real DUD.

Pennysong Hanle y, Saturday, 8 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Lack of response suggests (predictable) indifference. Opera's self- regarding aura of heavy-weight high-culture isn't endearing. Recent forays into this genre suggest I've developing a taste for the music though, espec Wagner's 'Tristan + Isolde' + much of the Ring which are magnificent. Even furtively attended a few performances (feeling a little out of place) confirming Opera really has to be experienced live, recordings at home don't come close.

stevo, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hate wagner, loathe wagner, i can not express the depth of my revulsion at his bombast . . love britten and stravinsky . admire mozart . Worship verdi and rossini .

anthony, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

opera is the best browser on earth ....well wagner had mayne the least interesting libretti but his conception of structure is a powerful one. it's a sin that all his works keep a great number of listeners out for their "wagnerian" duration ... more generally I can't really say that I like opera .

francesco, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I absolutely adore OPERA. Especially Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE.

Kodanshi, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni are works of genius.

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Saw Don Giovanni in Prague, thought that, yes, it was quite good. The continuous singing of dialogue thing actually works better than I thought it did. Might investigate further (but I think that's always been an option anyway). But don't really know anything much about opera, to tell the truth.

Bill, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's one of Argento's best, full of great camera work, the the gore effects are first-rate!

Sean, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Verdi is the master of opera, although Mozart and Puccini have quite a few that rock, as well. Rodgers and Hammerstein are also unfairly derided, mostly because their stuff was so good it was overdone and familiarity breeds contempt.

Last opera I saw was "Rigaletto" at the Met. It was doubly cool because I'd done stuff with the BSO as a member of the chorus with two of the cast members (Rene Pape and Hei-Kyung Hong).

Dan Perry, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Have never sung opera, partially due to my school choir probably being too crap. Did G&S an age ago though. Does that count? (Cos G&S are fantastic).

Bill, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I AM A FEEB.

I wrote Rodgers and Hammerstein when I meant Gilbert and Sullivan. Jesus.

Dan Perry, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...
RIP Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

gabbneb (gabbneb), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

whoa - http://gothamist.com/2007/07/12/opera_tenor_jer.php

gabbneb, Thursday, 12 July 2007 21:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

holy shit

HI DERE, Thursday, 12 July 2007 22:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

saw The Nose last night while suffering with a headcold and it was like exquisite torture: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h60UYezR5wfzDkGkwxJDRZ815iMwD9E8VKHO0

Visually mindboggling, musically nearly incomprehensibly complex and varied, utterly lacking anything resembling a plot. Amongst the most spectacularly vivid things I've ever experienced and very painful; not sure if I enjoyed it exactly but it was SOMETHING

forksclovetofu, Sunday, 7 March 2010 00:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was at the same show and had a somewhat similar reaction to forks.

Ole Rastaquouère (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 March 2010 03:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

oi, Shostakovich is a hack who outta be drawn 'n quartered for foisting "Moscow, Cheryomushki" on the world that never asked for it. 'is balls should be in a museum afterwards as a warnin!

Sexplosion!, Friday, 12 March 2010 03:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So I'm a lifelong opera hater in spite of, or perhaps because of growing up in an opera-loving house. Got free tix to see Traviata at the Met. Listening now to a recording - I can't say I feel strong revulsion or anything but the music seems so uninteresting compared to most classical music that I like. It sounds so simple and limited. Maybe that's just Verdi. Has anyone found themselves changing their mind about opera later in life?

hills like white people (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 03:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

i bet i could if you'd take me more often.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 7 April 2010 03:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Fun times in LA.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 May 2010 18:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pink Floyd's The Ring

gotta say, this director seems like a cock

Have a slice of wine! (HI DERE), Friday, 14 May 2010 18:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

somehow i feel like ass-backwards into loving opera

(not tons of it, but like, the magic flute, marriage of figaro, and some other stuff)

the whole genre just kinda come out of nowhere to knock me on my ass over the last year or so.

i mean i knew i would eventually get into it (and more into classical) as i got old and stuff

but it has been a revelation. wonderful.

NUDE. MAYNE. (s1ocki), Saturday, 22 May 2010 05:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

yall can recommend me some good non-n00b stuff if you like.

NUDE. MAYNE. (s1ocki), Saturday, 22 May 2010 05:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

right so

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Sunday, 20 June 2010 12:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

anyone

al-goreda (s1ocki), Monday, 19 July 2010 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle! Scary and moody and overwhelming

Beethoven's Fidelio! Beautiful and touching and it makes you cry. And it's wonderfully corny.

Don't know how you feel about baroque opera, it can take a while to get into, but almost any opera by Handel is worth taking time to enjoy.
I love Ariodante, Guilio Cesare, Rinaldo, Orlando, Acis and Galatea and Partenope.

Continuing with baroque: Rameau's Les Boreades and Les Indes Galantes have great earthy music.
Purcells' Dido and Aeneas is refreshing and punchy.

Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea is to my mind ont of the top 10 operas, it's incredibly dark, and sexy and mischeivous, and all at a time when the villains were not supposed to get away with it.

You cannot pass by Boris Godunov by mussorgsy, this is the great Russian opera. The music is absolutely fabulous.

The only Verdi I've seen are Aida, Falstaff and Macbeth, and they were all wonderful (Macbeth could stand to be longer).

Real operaheads will tell you that Richard Strauss's Elektra, Salome and Der Rosenkavalier are fatastic, and I've only heard snipppets of each, but I'm sure that's right. There's a lot more Strauss to explore if you like them.

I enjoy listening to King Roger by Szymanowski, Berg's Lulu, Dvorak's Rusalka, and Jenufa by Janacek.

Any Rossini is fun. I just saw Die Meistersinger by Wagner, and it was good but, um , could have done with less philosophising imo.

henri grenouille (Frogman Henry), Monday, 19 July 2010 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks so much

al-goreda (s1ocki), Monday, 19 July 2010 21:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Suggestions I will second because I've seen them:

Fidelio
Dido and Aeneas
Orlando
Falstaff <----- A++++++ suggestion

I also recommend Carmen and Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute).

If you want to dip your toes into more modern stuff, Porgy and Bess, Nixon in China and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny cover a lot of musical territory and are all excellent.

HI DERE, Monday, 19 July 2010 22:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty obsessed with the magic flute these days... just watched the ingmar bergman version which is great. even used some music from it for this lil vid http://vimeo.com/13425089

al-goreda (s1ocki), Monday, 19 July 2010 22:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

last amazing opera i saw = salome

overwhelming

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 19 July 2010 22:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

i liked dr. atomic a lot?
and the nose was interesting but I had a headcold and i thought i was gonna die.

i'm gonna need a +1 so me & a friend can kick you in the balls (forksclovetofu), Monday, 19 July 2010 22:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I'm going to the opera twice over the next few days (Magic Flute and Madame Butterfly). Never been before, I have no idea what to expect besides rich men in tuxedos and hecklers. And non-stop disco dancing.

seandalai, Friday, 5 November 2010 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Will report back.

seandalai, Friday, 5 November 2010 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

dunno where you're located but hipsters opera too these days

a pun based on a popular ilx meme (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Both of those are awesome! The Magic Flute, depending on the production, can be really funny, and the music is just WOW.

The music in Madama Butterfly is just as WOW but... not funny. Not even a little bit.

DJP, Friday, 5 November 2010 22:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Will keep an eye out for hipsters - it's in Vienna btw

seandalai, Friday, 5 November 2010 22:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

All you need:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QnhlVqjEL._SS500_.jpg

VanityVEVO (corey), Friday, 5 November 2010 22:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

really want to get into opera...the time is right i know it...

LocalGarda, Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Are you interested in classics, new works, or rarely performed pieces?

ancient, but very sexy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:33 (six years ago) Permalink

i think classics, in my mind i'm imagining sort of dark intense italian stuff, tho this is based on childhood memories of it being on tv.

LocalGarda, Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:34 (six years ago) Permalink

So like Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti?

FYI Verdi operas tend to be like DAMN

ancient, but very sexy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:39 (six years ago) Permalink

There are some great modern stagings of The Magic Flute on DVD. Apart from the music being fantastic the opera lends itself to wacky expressionist stage sets and costumes.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mozart-Zauberflote-Magic-Flute-Royal/dp/B0000BV1JB/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1300973831&sr=1-2

That's my fave.

If you've got Sky Arts or access to it they broadcast modern performances of classics weekly. I know Mozart isn't the dark intense Italian stuff but I feel like Magic Flute or Don Giovanni are better intros to opera in many ways because they are so playful but still intense. If you wanna go straight to the 19th Century masters then my personal fave is Rigoletto which fulfils the dark intensity stuff v. well.

a SB-in' artist that been in the game for a minute (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Mozart operas are fantastic, yes.

ancient, but very sexy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Actually "The Magic Flute" is a good starter; it's not wall-to-wall singing but when the songs start, every other one is like OMG WAU.

ancient, but very sexy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:43 (six years ago) Permalink

i do have sky arts actually...must sky plus some of these.

LocalGarda, Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they show very good productions, spoiled me a bit for when I first went to see one live.

a SB-in' artist that been in the game for a minute (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:46 (six years ago) Permalink

DVDs were made for opera
I like the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' version of "Turn Of The Screw"

Odult Ariented Rock (Ówen P.), Thursday, 24 March 2011 14:32 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just sent in my ticket order

What About The Half That's Never Been POLLed (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:47 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Please take this parody in the loving spirit in which it was presumably intended
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OW7GoIl0T8

Blue Yodel No. 9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 May 2013 16:00 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
three weeks pass...

Sondra Radvanovsky = Norma

Blecch Dreieinigkeitsmoses (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 November 2013 01:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Although I should revisit these other performances: http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/33-Norma-Caball%C3%A9-Callas-or-Sutherland

Blecch Dreieinigkeitsmoses (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 November 2013 01:34 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Went to see Tosca on Friday night. I believe people don't like the current production so there were some empty seats but the singing was fine. I saw it with Portuguese soprano Elisabete Matos filling on but Sondra will be singing it again on Monday night which you can listen to here http://www.metoperafamily.org/stream.aspx , and again for the Saturday matinee which will also be broadcast.

The Glam Of That All The Way From Memphis Man! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 December 2013 01:32 (three years ago) Permalink

You could also have seen her TV last night doing the Kennedy Center Honors.

Can One Hear the Shape of a Ron Decline Bottle? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 December 2013 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Best wishes and warm thoughts to Dmitry Hvorostovsky.

Bon Iver Meets G.I. Joe (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 September 2015 18:03 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Hvorostovsky seems to be doing fine. Well-received concert at Carnegie Hall this week and scheduled for Eugene Onegin at the Met next year.

The 2016/17 Met schedule looks solid:

https://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/

Opolais is always a good Rusalka and it would be great to have an opportunity to see the Domingo / Monastyrska Nabucco as an HD Live show if I can't get a ticket for Covent Garden this summer.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Ooh I would see l'amour de loin

scarcity festival (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm already saving the date for the HD Live production of Rusalka, one of the few operas I bought as a teenager. I always forget that these HD Live shows happen, such an easy way to get exposed to more opera.

Tom Violence, Tuesday, 23 February 2016 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw Handel's Orlando at the Barbican last night and the review is pretty much otm.

http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/orlando-english-concert-bicket-barbican

It's the first time i've seen Iestyn Davies live and he really is excellent. I'd love to see him in something more conventionally dramatic.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:26 (one year ago) Permalink

This might be good:

https://www.metopera.org/Season/2015-16-Season/manon-lescaut-puccini-tickets/

Jonathan Kent's ROH staging from 2014 was pretty crass for the most part but Opolais is a wonderful Manon and it would be interesting to see her in a trad version.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Saturday, 5 March 2016 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Manon Lescaut is playing in HD at movie theaters this afternoon shortly before 1, so if you want to check it out but don't want to shell out for Met tix yet, maybe look up which theaters near you are showing it? I'm gonna go to my local Cinemagic and watch it, seems like a good use of a free afternoon.

Tom Violence, Saturday, 5 March 2016 16:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep, I'm in the UK so it would have to be in HD but I think I'll have to wait for the DVD this time.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Saturday, 5 March 2016 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

It was really good. I'm no opera connoisseur but the leads sang the hell out of their parts, and between acts they alternated brief interviews with actors and crew with shots of the set changes.

Tom Violence, Saturday, 5 March 2016 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/02/yannick-nezet-seguin-metropolitan-opera-new-york-music-director?CMP=share_btn_tw

Levine has finally retired. Nezet Seguin is a fairly dull choice vs someone like Noseda but has seemed inevitable for a while. Slightly strange that they are going five years without a musical director until he can take over.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

There's something ineffable that I just dislike about Levine's conducting on record; at the same time, I bet if I had seen him conduct live I'd have been won over.

scarcity festival (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Yes, i'm not a huge fan but some of his Wagner stuff stands up well and the Tannhauser he did last year was really enjoyable. Coming back from so many health problems to conduct at a high level is remarkable in itself but a lot of the opera press has been robustly unsentimental where his consistency has been concerned and there seems to be a general sense that he should probably have called time on his career a while ago.

Going five years without a musical director, and bringing in a very safe pair of hands when Nezet Seguin finally can join, doesn't necessarily inspire a great deal of confidence but they've been in limbo for a while and i'm still getting fairly good value from my Met On Demand subscription. The Lulu they did in collaboration with William Kentridge last year shows there's still room for creative innovation. They're in better shape than the ENO, who have recently decided that a musical director is too expensive and that they'll not bother in the future.

Tickets for the new Royal Opera House season go on sale this month and i have my eye on Written On Skin (with Iestyn Davies), Les Contes d’Hoffmann, The Nose and a few other bits and pieces. Netrebko decided she didn't want to do Norma, having already been announced, but that could be good too.

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/opera-and-music-201617

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Friday, 3 June 2016 11:18 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I'm going to see Il Trovatore at Covent Garden next Saturday. There are a few decent amphitheatre tickets for today still on sale between £30 - £38. It's two alternating casts and i wanted to see the one with Prudenskaya as Azucena but tonight has Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora and Željko Lučić as di Luna so should still be excellent.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Saturday, 2 July 2016 10:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Il Trovatore is being screened for free around the country and streamed via Youtube on the 14th:

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-verdis-il-trovatore-to-be-live-streamed-on-14-july-2016

It's the Haroutounian / Lučić cast.

I went last night and really enjoyed it. The staging is generic and banal (endless night, tanks, barbed wire, snow, etc, etc) , which has contributed to some sniffy reviews but the central quartet (Pirozzi / Kunde / Prudenskaya / Maltman) was excellent.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Sunday, 10 July 2016 12:30 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

A+ to the three tenors singing under the aegis of the Opera Collective in Times Square tonight.

The New Original Human Beatbox (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 July 2016 02:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Especially enjoyed their trading lines on "La donna è mobile."

The New Original Human Beatbox (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 July 2016 14:39 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New John Adams opera coming in November 2017:

http://www.earbox.com/girls-golden-west/

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Monday, 22 August 2016 07:44 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Juan Diego Flores and an extravagant number of high Cs are on BBC One / iplayer at the moment.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm very enamored of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo right now. It's about the historical Duke Orsini and the nightmare garden of mannerist monsters he had sculpted for himself. Tormented modernism exquisitely colored, RIYL wozzeck and lulu

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 11 September 2016 03:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Cool, I'll have to look out for that.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Sunday, 11 September 2016 07:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Has just been reissued for the first time since LP and is on Spotify etc.

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 11 September 2016 13:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Where is that? Oh I see.

Lol at the beginning of this thread.

Who Shot Gun For Dinosaur Jr.? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 September 2016 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to seeing the ROH Barber of Seville this week. There is a huge buzz about Javier Camarena matching (or even outshining) Florez as Almaviva. I've never heard him sing before but he's apparently only the third person to get an encore at the Met, after Pavarotti and JDF, since they banned them.

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2016/03/28/471842692/the-show-stopping-singing-of-javier-camarena

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Sunday, 18 September 2016 11:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Guys are you familiar with an aria about Ophelia sung in English?

Gravity Well, You Needn't (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Never mind. It was the "Vilja Song" from The Merry Widow.

Gravity Well, You Needn't (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 01:44 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


Tickets for the new Royal Opera House season go on sale this month and i have my eye on Written On Skin (with Iestyn Davies), Les Contes d’Hoffmann, The Nose and a few other bits and pieces. Netrebko decided she didn't want to do Norma, having already been announced, but that could be good too.

Yoncheva was sensational as a replacement for Netrebko. One of the best lead performances I have seen in ages.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Ah. Didn't you also say you were going to see Sondra R sing Manon on the other thread? Envious.

Berberian Begins at Home (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I am! That's next month. Should be fantastic.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm a huge fan of Sondra's because:

  • She is an immense talent
  • I was a relatively early adopter/early member of her fanbase
  • She is friends with Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • My neighbor who works production at the Met says she is a really nice person

Berberian Begins at Home (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:10 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Is this melody actually from The Barber of Seville? Does not sound very Rossini-esque.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKkJAu16yJ0

Special Ore-ida Blues (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

lol, Radvanovsky appears to have liked my tweet saying the staging of Manon Lescaut is garish and awful and she looked even more uncomfortable than Opolais as a vamp but she sang fabulously.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Saturday, 26 November 2016 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

The Kentridge staging of Lulu that did its run at the ENO must've been great. His show at the Whitechapel has one work based on it and its the best thing on the entire show.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 27 November 2016 11:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't see the ENO but caught the Met performance of it on their streaming service and it is very good. His staging of The Nose is also excellent and better than the recent Kosky version at the ROH, though that was quite fun.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Sunday, 27 November 2016 11:25 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Joyce el-Khoury was wonderful in La Traviata at the ROH last night. She was a little raw in the first act but phenomenal after that. Sergey Romanovsky, who i don't think i'd been before, was very good as Alfredo as well.

http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/la-traviata-royal-opera-1

I also saw Written On Skin with the terrific pairing of Barbara Hannigan and Iestyn Davies - enough to convince even the curmudgeonly Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph to break out the five stars:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opera/what-to-see/written-skin-one-operatic-masterpieces-time-review/

They seem to have jacked the ticket prices up this time around and there are lots still available for the rest of the run - though not all performances are with Hannigan.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

Thanks.

lol, Radvanovsky appears to have liked my tweet saying the staging of Manon Lescaut is garish and awful and she looked even more uncomfortable than Opolais as a vamp but she sang fabulously.

Still wondering at the wording of this. In what sense did she "appear" to like it?

Moog and Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

Her Twitter account isn't verified but seems (i think) to be her.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The 2017/2018 season at Covent Garden isn't hugely inspiring but i have picked up tickets for Cav / Pag (primarily because of Elina Garanca), Lucia di Lammermoor and Les Vêpres Siciliennes in Autumn.

Semiramide with Joyce DiDonato and Salome with Malin Byström might be the pick of winter. Not massively exciting though.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:57 (five months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Went to see Norma tonight and it was fine, but I'm really such a Sondra stan and she isn't singing it anymore this season.

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 05:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Plus I still haven't processed the death of her "opera boyfriend," as she calls him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81z1YzH_994

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 05:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Who was the lead tonight?

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 05:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Angela Meade

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 05:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Also just thought to look at Spotify and wondering if the streaming services have operas with recent casts or not. Seems the answer is no, just older casts or solo albums of arias by recent performers.

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 05:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Just got firsthand confirmation from source mentioned up thread that Dmitri Hvorostovsky was universally loved by the production crew at the Met.

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 11 December 2017 02:20 (two days ago) Permalink


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