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    Stop with the Haight Ashbury colors, already - you're giving me flashbacks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Yes, there was apparently less colour five hundred years ago. Now, though, this is twenty-first century.

    This is MY Princess Eboli with a bit of colour.

    Waddya think?

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    The eyepatch needs work, try some flashy sequins and rhinestones........but be careful we don't want to be too flambouyant

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    The first and third act of La Monnaie's production of Jenůfa, with a kind of exaggerated Czech folkoloric design with an Art Nouveau flavour, are probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in opera:



    The stills don't do it justice because you need the movement from the line up of dancers behind the main characters, the Art Nouveau projections, and the very stylised gestures of the principal characters.

    Many critics have commented about the disjoint between these two acts and the middle one, which takes place in a gritty naturalised "kitchen sink drama" set inside Jenůfa's home.



    It made sense to me when I realised that we were looking at the contrast between the public false-idyll of village life, and the dark interior secrets that small-mindedness and gossip can force on the on those who transgress against the social mores of society.

    Emma Matthews as Jenůfa and Charles Workman as Laca were both wonderful, but really the whole cast made this a very powerful experience.

    You can still catch it on Cuturebox, and I recommend you do.
    Natalie

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    For a change from my usual diet of Italian and French operas...

    I really enjoyed Julie Taymor's 1992 movie of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77SXyuFwiDg

    It's very multicultural. The music was composed by a Russian; the libretto written by a French poet and sung in Latin. The narration is in Japanese, with English subtitles. It has a good international cast including Jessye Norman.

    It successfully blends opera with classical Greek drama and traditional Japanese theatre. The dancers and singers wear sculptures based on prehistoric museum pieces.

    It can be confusing at first that sometimes one character is portrayed by two people on stage, a singer and also an actor/dancer nearby. That works well once you get what's going on.

    Oedipus is the last person to realize what the two witnesses (a soldier and a shepherd) have implied - that he killed his father and married his mother. Finally it dawns on him, and he isn't happy about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The first and third act of La Monnaie's production of Jenůfa, with a kind of exaggerated Czech folkoloric design with an Art Nouveau flavour, are probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in opera:



    You can still catch it on Cuturebox, and I recommend you do.
    I've watched it & agree with Nat.
    "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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    Again thanks to Medici TV, I watched a good production of Khovanshchina from la Monnaie. The two stand-outs were Willard White singing the role of ruthless and lustful Prince Ivan Khovansky, and the final scene in which the schismatic "Old Believers" gather in the forest to kill themselves and avoid capture. Each believer held a candle, and one by one they extinguished their candles and fell to the floor, until it was covered with unmoving bodies. Very powerful.

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    Natalie

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    Today I had the most bizarre dream about Britney Spears playing Sesto in Giulio Cesare. I believe it was a sign from God telling me to rewatch this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    For a change from my usual diet of Italian and French operas...

    I really enjoyed Julie Taymor's 1992 movie of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77SXyuFwiDg

    It's very multicultural. The music was composed by a Russian; the libretto written by a French poet and sung in Latin. The narration is in Japanese, with English subtitles. It has a good international cast including Jessye Norman.

    It successfully blends opera with classical Greek drama and traditional Japanese theatre. The dancers and singers wear sculptures based on prehistoric museum pieces.

    It can be confusing at first that sometimes one character is portrayed by two people on stage, a singer and also an actor/dancer nearby. That works well once you get what's going on.

    Oedipus is the last person to realize what the two witnesses (a soldier and a shepherd) have implied - that he killed his father and married his mother. Finally it dawns on him, and he isn't happy about it.
    Julie Taymor is masterful creator of visual images with an imagination and visual excitement that I find just thrilling, her recent MET Magic Flute is a revelation in visual beauty and effective story telling of fantasy and abstract concepts......if only her prodigious visionary talents would have been used for recent huge budget MET Ring in stead of the contrived cumbersome visual albatross that is "the machine"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Julie Taymor is masterful creator of visual images with an imagination and visual excitement that I find just thrilling, her recent MET Magic Flute is a revelation in visual beauty and effective story telling of fantasy and abstract concepts......if only her prodigious visionary talents would have been used for recent huge budget MET Ring in stead of the contrived cumbersome visual albatross that is "the machine"

    I never thought of that, DA. A Julie Taymor Ring - it's a brilliant idea. Maybe you have a 2nd career ahead of you after Peter Gelb leaves the Met ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Today I had the most bizarre dream about Britney Spears playing Sesto in Giulio Cesare. I believe it was a sign from God telling me to rewatch this.

    Festat, I about fell over when I read your posting!

    The only thing worse in your would-be production is if Ethel Merman also was cast as Cleopatra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Festat, I about fell over when I read your posting!

    The only thing worse in your would-be production is if Ethel Merman also was cast as Cleopatra.
    I'm a blind stag when it comes to who Britney Spears is (no idea) but that Giulio Cesare has got to be the single biggest reason for me getting a DVD/Blue-ray player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I'm a blind stag when it comes to who Britney Spears is (no idea) but that Giulio Cesare has got to be the single biggest reason for me getting a DVD/Blue-ray player.
    Do it! Do it! Do it!
    Natalie

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    No, don't! No, don't!

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    Had to have a wallow in glorious music, fantastic production and wonderful singing (and acting, particularly from the silent actress who played Marie).



    Oh, and I have a new baritone-love: Markus Eiche
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    Natalie

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    Just watched the Jenůfa Natalie mentioned a couple of posts above and, man, it screams for a blu-ray issue! Even the second act, which is kind of meant to be ugly, is gorgeous. Those old, worn out walls are so beautifully done they deserve close-ups.

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