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    Your next opera experience - what are you going to see next?

    A thread where you can share your excitement of the tickets you've purchased (to be followed, naturally, by your concise or in-depth review...). Maybe this can give other forum members in the area an idea...

    Tickets for the February performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala went on sale to general public today.
    2 tickets purchased! It will be my first visit so I'm extra excited.

    Conductor - Pier Giorgio Morandi
    Lucia - Albina Shagimuratova
    Edgardo - Vittorio Grigolo
    Enrico - Fabio Capitanucci
    Arturo - Juan Francisco Gatell
    Raimondo - Orlin Anastassov
    Alisa - Barbara Di Castri
    Normanno - Massimiliano Chiarolla

    I have no knowledge of any of the performers but I am sure none will fail to thoroughly entertain me. Come on February 2014!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    A thread where you can share your excitement of the tickets you've purchased (to be followed, naturally, by your concise or in-depth review...). Maybe this can give other forum members in the area an idea...

    Tickets for the February performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala went on sale to general public today.
    2 tickets purchased! It will be my first visit so I'm extra excited.

    Conductor - Pier Giorgio Morandi
    Lucia - Albina Shagimuratova
    Edgardo - Vittorio Grigolo
    Enrico - Fabio Capitanucci
    Arturo - Juan Francisco Gatell
    Raimondo - Orlin Anastassov
    Alisa - Barbara Di Castri
    Normanno - Massimiliano Chiarolla

    I have no knowledge of any of the performers but I am sure none will fail to thoroughly entertain me. Come on February 2014!


    You're going to La Scala??!! You jammy devil!!!

    I am so envious!

    I've seen Shagimuratova but I can't remember what in, most women singers don't even register with me
    Seen Grigolo, he's good & can be relied on
    Seen Capitanucci. He was in Les Troyens (Chorèbe) & he's fab
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Seen Capitanucci. He was in Les Troyens (Chorèbe) & he's fab
    YES!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    You're going to La Scala??!! You jammy devil!!!

    I am so envious!
    I suggest you mark in your diary 28 August. That is when tickets for Simon Boccanegra will go on sale! Though you will have to choose Leo Nucci or Placido Domingo.

    Or I know you are a Lucia fan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I suggest you mark in your diary 28 August. That is when tickets for Simon Boccanegra will go on sale! Though you will have to choose Leo Nucci or Placido Domingo.
    Don't tempt me!!! Actually I'm already getting my fix of Simon Boccanegra next year in Lyon. I really like this Polish baritone Andrzey Dobber & Riccardo Zanellato is supposed to be fabulous.

    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Or I know you are a Lucia fan...
    Yes I am. Got to see what other commitments I've got first though.
    "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."
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    But before Lyon I've got Prokofiev's The Gambler this Saturday (opening night) at Het Muziektheater Amsterdam. And going back after Christmas to see the last performance on 29th December.

    I saw an opera there for the first time back in March, coincidentally Prokofiev's L'amour des trois oranges & had a brilliant time. The opera house is excellent, very egalitarian, no restricted views & no 'posh' areas. Even with flights included, the trip works out cheaper than going to Covent Garden. Tickets are half what they are at ROH & hotels are cheaper.
    "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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    Forgive me, but keeping in mind that live opera is my preferred venue, and that I am retired, my line-up is as follows:

    Les Femmes Vengees Opera Lafayette at Kennedy Center, Wash DC 1/17
    Katya Kabanova Berliner Staatsoper, Berlin 1/29
    [Dvorak: Cello Concerto Berlin Philharmonic] 1/30
    Salome Berliner Staatsoper w/Camilla Nylund/Zubin Mehta 2/2

    Then, plans include, but tix not yet purchased:

    Love for Three Oranges Komische Oper, Berlin 2/4
    Xerxes Komische Oper 2/5
    La Gioconda Deutsche Oper 2/6
    La Traviata Deutsche Oper w/Alexandra Kurzak 2/8
    Jenufa Deutsche Oper w/Jennifer Larmore 2/9
    La Clemenza di Tito Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, w/Kristine Opolais 2/10
    Tales of Hoffmann Bayerische Staatsoper w/Joseph Calleja 2/11
    Il Turco in Italia Bayerische Staatsoper w/ Lawrence Brownlee & D'Archangelo 2/13

    Then, w/tix:
    Moby Dick Wash Nat'l Opera, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/5
    Der Rosenkavalier (Concert perf.) Kennedy Center w/Renee Fleming 3/8
    L'Elisir d'Amore WNO, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/26
    Barber of Seville Dallas Opera w/ Alek Shrader 3/28
    Die Tote Stadt Dallas Opera w/Jay Hunter Morris 3/29
    "Celebrating Rameau" Opera Lafayette @ Kennedy Center 4/30
    Die Zauberflöte WNO, Kennedy Center 5/7

    After that, if I still have any money left, plans include Santa Fe and Bard College in August...

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    WOW! That's what I call a happy retirement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Forgive me, but keeping in mind that live opera is my preferred venue, and that I am retired, my line-up is as follows:

    Les Femmes Vengees Opera Lafayette at Kennedy Center, Wash DC 1/17
    Katya Kabanova Berliner Staatsoper, Berlin 1/29
    [Dvorak: Cello Concerto Berlin Philharmonic] 1/30
    Salome Berliner Staatsoper w/Camilla Nylund/Zubin Mehta 2/2

    Then, plans include, but tix not yet purchased:

    Love for Three Oranges Komische Oper, Berlin 2/4
    Xerxes Komische Oper 2/5
    La Gioconda Deutsche Oper 2/6
    La Traviata Deutsche Oper w/Alexandra Kurzak 2/8
    Jenufa Deutsche Oper w/Jennifer Larmore 2/9
    La Clemenza di Tito Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, w/Kristine Opolais 2/10
    Tales of Hoffmann Bayerische Staatsoper w/Joseph Calleja 2/11
    Il Turco in Italia Bayerische Staatsoper w/ Lawrence Brownlee & D'Archangelo 2/13

    Then, w/tix:
    Moby Dick Wash Nat'l Opera, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/5
    Der Rosenkavalier (Concert perf.) Kennedy Center w/Renee Fleming 3/8
    L'Elisir d'Amore WNO, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/26
    Barber of Seville Dallas Opera w/ Alek Shrader 3/28
    Die Tote Stadt Dallas Opera w/Jay Hunter Morris 3/29
    "Celebrating Rameau" Opera Lafayette @ Kennedy Center 4/30
    Die Zauberflöte WNO, Kennedy Center 5/7

    After that, if I still have any money left, plans include Santa Fe and Bard College in August...
    Very nice line up!
    Natalie

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    Things are looking up in the terrible opera drought I face here:

    2nd March - Ainadamar in Wellington, with the original cast from the recording. Also catching a show about the greek myths and some nice exhibitions.

    19th July- Tristan und Isolde in concert with these guys:



    9th August Rigoletto (matinee) AND Don Giovanni (evening) at Sydney Opera House

    10th August Jonas Kaufmann in concert at Sydney Opera House

    30 August Haydn the Creation with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

    Compare with Hoffmann's impressive line-up it's a bit pathetic, but I'm still excited. I might get over my grump and go and see La Traviata at NZ Opera.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    But before Lyon I've got Prokofiev's The Gambler this Saturday (opening night) at Het Muziektheater Amsterdam. And going back after Christmas to see the last performance on 29th December.

    I saw an opera there for the first time back in March, coincidentally Prokofiev's L'amour des trois oranges & had a brilliant time. The opera house is excellent, very egalitarian, no restricted views & no 'posh' areas. Even with flights included, the trip works out cheaper than going to Covent Garden. Tickets are half what they are at ROH & hotels are cheaper.
    I notice they also have Falstaff scheduled with Fabio Capitanucci.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...
    Love for Three Oranges Komische Oper, Berlin 2/4
    Xerxes Komische Oper 2/5
    La Gioconda Deutsche Oper 2/6
    La Traviata Deutsche Oper w/Alexandra Kurzak 2/8
    Jenufa Deutsche Oper w/Jennifer Larmore 2/9
    La Clemenza di Tito Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, w/Kristine Opolais 2/10
    Tales of Hoffmann Bayerische Staatsoper w/Joseph Calleja 2/11
    Il Turco in Italia Bayerische Staatsoper w/ Lawrence Brownlee & D'Archangelo 2/13
    ...
    That sounds like a fantastic holiday to Germany!

    I briefly entertained the idea of joining you for La Clemenza di Tito, an opera I am very interested in but Germany the week before Italy might be asking a bit too much...

    I definitely will be keeping my eye on the schedule for Bayerische Staatsoper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Forgive me, but keeping in mind that live opera is my preferred venue, and that I am retired, my line-up is as follows:

    Les Femmes Vengees Opera Lafayette at Kennedy Center, Wash DC 1/17
    Katya Kabanova Berliner Staatsoper, Berlin 1/29
    [Dvorak: Cello Concerto Berlin Philharmonic] 1/30
    Salome Berliner Staatsoper w/Camilla Nylund/Zubin Mehta 2/2

    Then, plans include, but tix not yet purchased:

    Love for Three Oranges Komische Oper, Berlin 2/4
    Xerxes Komische Oper 2/5
    La Gioconda Deutsche Oper 2/6
    La Traviata Deutsche Oper w/Alexandra Kurzak 2/8
    Jenufa Deutsche Oper w/Jennifer Larmore 2/9
    La Clemenza di Tito Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, w/Kristine Opolais 2/10
    Tales of Hoffmann Bayerische Staatsoper w/Joseph Calleja 2/11
    Il Turco in Italia Bayerische Staatsoper w/ Lawrence Brownlee & D'Archangelo 2/13

    Then, w/tix:
    Moby Dick Wash Nat'l Opera, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/5
    Der Rosenkavalier (Concert perf.) Kennedy Center w/Renee Fleming 3/8
    L'Elisir d'Amore WNO, Kennedy Center w/Stephen Costello 3/26
    Barber of Seville Dallas Opera w/ Alek Shrader 3/28
    Die Tote Stadt Dallas Opera w/Jay Hunter Morris 3/29
    "Celebrating Rameau" Opera Lafayette @ Kennedy Center 4/30
    Die Zauberflöte WNO, Kennedy Center 5/7

    After that, if I still have any money left, plans include Santa Fe and Bard College in August...
    What a fantastic schedule! I hope you'll have a marvelous time in Deutschland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Things are looking up in the terrible opera drought I face here:

    2nd March - Ainadamar in Wellington, with the original cast from the recording. Also catching a show about the greek myths and some nice exhibitions.

    19th July- Tristan und Isolde in concert with these guys:



    9th August Rigoletto (matinee) AND Don Giovanni (evening) at Sydney Opera House

    10th August Jonas Kaufmann in concert at Sydney Opera House

    30 August Haydn the Creation with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

    Compare with Hoffmann's impressive line-up it's a bit pathetic, but I'm still excited. I might get over my grump and go and see La Traviata at NZ Opera.
    Oh Nat

    I feel awful talking about my trips, I've got so much within easy reach.

    Your list isn't too bad but shame you've got to go all the way to Sydney for some of them. But Rigoletto? You must be desperate!
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Oh Nat

    I feel awful talking about my trips, I've got so much within easy reach.!
    You deserve it.

    Your list isn't too bad but shame you've got to go all the way to Sydney for some of them. But Rigoletto? You must be desperate
    Might be my only chance to spend time in Sydney opera house. And I'll just listen to the music and ignore all the horrible characters... which pretty much means the whole cast.
    Natalie

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