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    Project: Going Beyond the Standard Repertoire

    Hello all. I had an idea for a project and I ran it by Schigolch and Almaviva and got their blessings, so I will now present it to you.

    We have a lot of members here who know certain operas very well that are completely unfamiliar to most of their fellow members. I propose that we introduce our favorite obscure operas to each other. This would be a fun way to branch out, especially for members who know the standard repertoire very well, though it could be enjoyable for relative novices (like me) as well. Each week, we could have somebody start a thread with an article on a little-known opera they wish to share. Things that would be nice to include are a plot synopsis, description of the musical style, details on the composition/history of the opera, Youtube clips, and a bit of background on the composer if he or she is as obscure as the work. What counts as an "obscure opera" will be somewhat open to interpretation; I think a basic rule should be that if it is on the "Basic Repertoire" list in the educational forum, it is not a candidate for this project, though there are many operas not on that list that are still well-known.

    It would be nice to space these threads roughly a week apart so that we can keep this going for a while and each opera that we do can get its time in the spotlight. I will start by posting a thread about The Wreckers tomorrow, and Schigolch has volunteered for next week with Der Schatzgräber. So, who wants to do an opera? So far we have:

    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Next week: Schigolch with Der Schatzgräber
    Week of Jan. 1: ?
    Week of Jan. 8: ?
    etc.

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    I'd do Lully Atys somewhere down the line, but not immediately. It's not on 100 opera list.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meaghan View Post
    Hello all. I had an idea for a project and I ran it by Schigolch and Almaviva and got their blessings, so I will now present it to you.

    We have a lot of members here who know certain operas very well that are completely unfamiliar to most of their fellow members. I propose that we introduce our favorite obscure operas to each other. This would be a fun way to branch out, especially for members who know the standard repertoire very well, though it could be enjoyable for relative novices (like me) as well. Each week, we could have somebody start a thread with an article on a little-known opera they wish to share. Things that would be nice to include are a plot synopsis, description of the musical style, details on the composition/history of the opera, Youtube clips, and a bit of background on the composer if he or she is as obscure as the work. What counts as an "obscure opera" will be somewhat open to interpretation; I think a basic rule should be that if it is on the "Basic Repertoire" list in the educational forum, it is not a candidate for this project, though there are many operas not on that list that are still well-known.

    It would be nice to space these threads roughly a week apart so that we can keep this going for a while and each opera that we do can get its time in the spotlight. I will start by posting a thread about The Wreckers tomorrow, and Schigolch has volunteered for next week with Der Schatzgräber. So, who wants to do an opera? So far we have:

    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Next week: Schigolch with Der Schatzgräber
    Week of Jan. 1: ?
    Week of Jan. 8: ?
    etc.
    This sounds really interesting. May I take up the w/c 1st January slot & nominate Verdi's second opera Un giorno di Regno?
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I volunteer for the week of January 8th, with Daniel Catán's Rappacini's Daughter, if that's all right with everyone.

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    Super! So we've got:

    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Next week: Schigolch with Der Schatzgräber
    Week of Jan. 1: Sospiro with Un giorno di Regno
    Week of Jan. 8: AnaMendoza with Rappacini's Daughter
    Week of Jan. 15: Soave_Fanciulla with Atys (Natalie, would this date work for you?)

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    I could do some Moniuszko. Preferably Straszny Dwór.

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    Aramis, would the week of January 22nd work for you?

    By the way, for later people, I can send reminders when your week is coming up, if that would be more helpful than annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meaghan View Post
    Aramis, would the week of January 22nd work for you?
    Probably yes, that's a lot of time and I don't expect anything unexpected to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meaghan View Post

    By the way, for later people, I can send reminders when your week is coming up, if that would be more helpful than annoying.
    That would be very very helpful!

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    Very good idea for a thread, Meaghan.

    By the way, I will wrote about "Der Ferne Klang", instead of "Der Schatzgräber".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    By the way, I will wrote about "Der Ferne Klang", instead of "Der Schatzgräber".
    Fixed.

    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Next week: Schigolch with Der Ferne Klang
    Week of Jan. 1: Sospiro with Un giorno di Regno
    Week of Jan. 8: AnaMendoza with Rappacini's Daughter
    Week of Jan. 15: Soave_Fanciulla with Atys
    Week of Jan. 22: Aramis with Straszny Dwór

    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    That would be very very helpful!
    Will do, then.

    Later people have lots of time to write!

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    Love the idea. However the problem for me will be - which one to pick? Here are some possibilities, all of them operas I love, but aren't frequently staged (or at least not as frequently as I'd like):

    Ermione (Rossini)
    L'Alidoro (Leo)
    Il Re Pastore (Mozart)
    Haydée ou le Secret (Auber)
    Dinorah (Meyerbeer)
    Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz)
    La Pietra del Paragone (Rossini)
    Il Templario (Nicolai)
    Salvator Rosa (Gomes)
    Barbe-Bleue (Offenbach)
    L'Etoile (Chabrier)
    Les Pęcheurs de Perles (Bizet)
    L'Amico Fritz (Masagni)
    El Retablo de Maese Pedro (de Falla)
    L'Enfant et les Sortilčges (Ravel)
    Le Rossignol (Stravinsky)
    L'Upupa (Henze)
    The Fiery Angel (Prokofiev)
    The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
    Le Grand Macabre (Ligetti)
    Powder her Face (Adčs)
    Doctor Atomic (Adams)
    The Death of Klinghoffer (Adams)
    Itinerário do Sal (Azguimes)
    Ainadamar (Golijov)
    The Minotaur (Birtwistle)

    I'd like to write about all of them... but if I need to pick one and only one, it's gotta be Les Pęcheurs de Perles. So sign me up for the week of Jan. 29 (and I hope others do some of the above suggestions)
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meaghan View Post
    Super! So we've got:

    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Next week: Schigolch with Der Schatzgräber
    Week of Jan. 1: Sospiro with Un giorno di Regno
    Week of Jan. 8: AnaMendoza with Rappacini's Daughter
    Week of Jan. 15: Soave_Fanciulla with Atys (Natalie, would this date work for you?)
    No, I'm afraid not, I may not have access to the internet from 8-22 January. Can you slot me in as late as you can?
    Natalie

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    This week: Meaghan with The Wreckers
    Week of Dec. 25: Schigolch with Der Ferne Klang
    Week of Jan. 1: Sospiro with Un giorno di Regno
    Week of Jan. 8: AnaMendoza with Rappacini's Daughter
    Week of Jan. 15: ?
    Week of Jan. 22: Aramis with Straszny Dwór
    Week of Jan. 29: Almaviva with Les Pęcheurs de Perles

    Perhaps, once we have several of these threads up, we could have a sticky thread with an index of them?

    And I am at work on mine right now, coming soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    No, I'm afraid not, I may not have access to the internet from 8-22 January. Can you slot me in as late as you can?
    Would the week of Feb. 5 or Feb. 12 work for you? Or we can just say that that is your opera and we won't let people take it, and you can do it when you can.

    The week of Jan. 15 is open if anybody wants it. Alma, you could do another off your list then if you like.

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