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  1. Thread: Opera Small Talk

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    Sticky: So Trebs just sang Vieni t'afretta at the...

    So Trebs just sang Vieni t'afretta at the Mariinsky gala today. It was kind of amazing.
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    Sticky: Did he do a B flat when he exits in Act 2, scene...

    Did he do a B flat when he exits in Act 2, scene 1? Anthony Michaels-Moore did in the ENO production, and I haven't quite recovered from it yet.

    Also, who is the Alfredo? In any case, Diana...
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    Sticky: So the Norwegian National Opera got itself a new...

    So the Norwegian National Opera got itself a new look to their web-pages, and I for one think they are bloody gorgeous. If only they would release next season's programme soon.

    Clicky
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    Sticky: It shouldn't. And I think we're realising that...

    It shouldn't. And I think we're realising that now that we have (very) capable singers of that kind of repertoire.
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    Sticky: There's also the thing that neither of them...

    There's also the thing that neither of them really have any fioratura skills (and why should they, really? Their usual rep was miles away from Idomeneo).

    And I think a large reason as to all this...
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    Sticky: Very little accompaniment from the orchestra, and...

    Very little accompaniment from the orchestra, and often in the same range as the singer. Makes intonation a bitch. Also, Mozart's arias are generally very complex rhythmically, and have to be sung...
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    Sticky: Seeing it in about a week and a half. Will report...

    Seeing it in about a week and a half. Will report back. As will Emiel, I am sure.
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    Sticky: We all try our best.

    We all try our best.
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    Sticky: I don't think every single one, but he's damn...

    I don't think every single one, but he's damn close.
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    Sticky: Not to mention the rest of the cast. But yes, her...

    Not to mention the rest of the cast. But yes, her Female Chorus was amazing. Especially when paired with the Male Chorus of Brenden Gunnell.
    Such an incredibly strong production almost without a...
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    Sticky: Just come home from The Norwegian Opera's...

    Just come home from The Norwegian Opera's production of Britten's Rape of Lucretia. Thaddeus Strassberger is a genius and I am completely exhausted emotionally.
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    Sticky: I don't really agree. Voi che sapete is a song...

    I don't really agree. Voi che sapete is a song that Cherubino sings, quite different from Elvira's entrance aria in DG. It's a performance inside the performance.
    DG and Leporello comment on...
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    Sticky: It's Puccini, not Mozart. Also, I think the...

    It's Puccini, not Mozart. Also, I think the context in which the songs are set are wildly different. Voi che sapete is more...
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    Sticky: In the case of Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, it's...

    In the case of Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, it's the fact that Magda is actually singing a song, and so the other characters need to say how beautiful it is. Just in case we didn't notice.
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    Sticky: It would appear to be correct. Which is a real...

    It would appear to be correct. Which is a real shame. Schwanewilms' Kaiserin and Goerke's Färberin would have been amazing to see. As would Anja Harteros' (be still, my heart) Arabella.
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    Sticky: I'm coming to see the the ROH Onegin and ENO...

    I'm coming to see the the ROH Onegin and ENO Traviata and Medea the third week in February!
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    Sticky: I absolutely love the first two acts. Not that...

    I absolutely love the first two acts. Not that enthusiastic about the last one. It has some lovely melodies, and if you like conversation pieces (like me), I think you'll like it. And the Met...
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    Sticky: They were separated a few years ago, then got...

    They were separated a few years ago, then got back together, but this time it's totes for realsies. I give them a year at most away from each other. I think Kurzak will be flung away in not too long.
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    Sticky: They have just filed for divorce, mind.

    They have just filed for divorce, mind.
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    Sticky: I simply cannot express how much I love that...

    I simply cannot express how much I love that costume. I wish he'd gone to Vienna and done the same there for the New Year's Concert. God knows it needed it.
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    Sticky: It's a shame. The reviews are usually very good...

    It's a shame. The reviews are usually very good indeed.

    And yes. Blind items are fun. Especially when they turn out to be true.
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    Sticky: Starts with a P and ends with arterre. At...

    Starts with a P and ends with arterre.

    At least the Regie games are fun. But the amounts of vileness for vileness' sake is becoming too much over there. Which is a shame.
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    Sticky: That does seem like something she would do.

    That does seem like something she would do.
  24. Thread: Opera Small Talk

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    Sticky: It is. His thoughts on Lohengrin and the Richard...

    It is. His thoughts on Lohengrin and the Richard Jones production in general were fascinating!
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    Sticky: Der Jonas talks about Lohengrin and opera in...

    Der Jonas talks about Lohengrin and opera in general. Very interesting.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqbvbGYPa14
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