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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    After Soave_Fanciulla shoewd me the pictures of the zombies très jolie,

    Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable
    Bryan Hymel (Robert), Matial Defontaine (Raimbaut), Carmen Giannattasio (Alice), Patrizia Ciofi (Isabelle), Alastair Miles (Bertram), Carlo Striuli (Alberti), Angelo Nardinocchi (Un Chevalier), Francesco Pittari (Un heraut – le maitre de cerimonie), Paolo Gloriante (Un Chevalier), Elena Memoli (Une dame d’honneur)
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    Be warned that this opera is not that good. Mr. Meyerbeer can be a long-winded boring fellow.
    For the best Meyerbeer, in my opinion, get Dinorah.
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Be warned that this opera is not that good. Mr. Meyerbeer can be a long-winded boring fellow.
    For the best Meyerbeer, in my opinion, get Dinorah.
    Thank you Almaviva, I read all your posts on this opera (I am slowly working my way through ALL of opera lively, articles, interviews and forum threads).
    I like the "simple melodies", was interested to hear more of Carmen Giannattasio and this CD was only GBP 6.50, so a calculated purchase.

    Besides, Soave_Fanciulla put those dancing zombies in my head and if you remember, I am the one who makes up the opera in his own head...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    After Soave_Fanciulla shoewd me the pictures of the zombies très jolie,

    Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable
    Bryan Hymel (Robert), Matial Defontaine (Raimbaut), Carmen Giannattasio (Alice), Patrizia Ciofi (Isabelle), Alastair Miles (Bertram), Carlo Striuli (Alberti), Angelo Nardinocchi (Un Chevalier), Francesco Pittari (Un heraut – le maitre de cerimonie), Paolo Gloriante (Un Chevalier), Elena Memoli (Une dame d’honneur)
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    Dear Clayton, you're so suggestible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Dear Clayton, you're so suggestible
    It's those pretty dancing zombies...

    Plus I love the analysis (by Schigolch) that the (second) ballet is intrinsic to the opera for the seduction of Robert.






    Lucky Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    It's those pretty dancing zombies...

    Plus I love the analysis (by Schigolch) that the (second) ballet is intrinsic to the opera for the seduction of Robert.

    Lucky Robert.
    Nice thought, but really in 19th century Paris the ballets were intrinsic to the needs of the Jockey Club members to ogle the pretty dancing zombies. That's why they went to the opera. And that's why Tannhäuser got booed out of town, because the ballet happened in the first act when the Jockey Club members were still pouring booze and food down themselves prior to all the ogling.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Plus I love the analysis (by Schigolch) that the (second) ballet is intrinsic to the opera for the seduction of Robert.
    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Nice thought, but really in 19th century Paris the ballets were intrinsic to the needs of the Jockey Club members to ogle the pretty dancing zombies. That's why they went to the opera. And that's why Tannhäuser got booed out of town, because the ballet happened in the first act when the Jockey Club members were still pouring booze and food down themselves prior to all the ogling.
    Are the two ideas mutually exclusive? Yes, ballets were a given in Parisian opera, for the reasons Soave cites. But some ballets were incorporated into the story more artfully than others--which might matter more for today's listeners.

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    Of course. That must have been the secret, writing the obligatory ballet so that it made sense (Robert Le Diable), rather than gratuitously interrupting the dramatic flow of the story (Les vêpres siciliennes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Nice thought, but really in 19th century Paris the ballets were intrinsic to the needs of the Jockey Club members to ogle the pretty dancing zombies. That's why they went to the opera. And that's why Tannhäuser got booed out of town, because the ballet happened in the first act when the Jockey Club members were still pouring booze and food down themselves prior to all the ogling.
    Sounds good. How do I join?

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    Well I'm going to raise the tone

    "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 Clayton View Post
    After Soave_Fanciulla showed me the pictures of the zombies très jolie,

    Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable
    Bryan Hymel (Robert), Matial Defontaine (Raimbaut), Carmen Giannattasio (Alice), Patrizia Ciofi (Isabelle), Alastair Miles (Bertram), Carlo Striuli (Alberti), Angelo Nardinocchi (Un Chevalier), Francesco Pittari (Un heraut – le maitre de cerimonie), Paolo Gloriante (Un Chevalier), Elena Memoli (Une dame d’honneur)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Be warned that this opera is not that good. Mr. Meyerbeer can be a long-winded boring fellow.
    For the best Meyerbeer, in my opinion, get Dinorah.
    I disagree with our esteemed Almaviva

    I think it is good
    "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
    Well I'm going to raise the tone

    I thought you hated that opera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Actually, I'm probably about to splurge big time on DVD's...
    Meanwhile...

    We're all waiting for an update on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Meanwhile...

    We're all waiting for an update on this.
    Plan on hold. I've got a connection, and will get to preview some operas for free before deciding whether to buy the DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I thought you hated that opera?
    "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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