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    Houston Grand Opera

    LA TRAVIATA – I knew it. I just knew it. There hasn’t been a single Verdi opera in Texas for over 2 years, and I just knew all I’d get is another Traviata. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a favorite. But you know. This production actually looks pretty handsome, but I’ve already decided I’m not going to one unless I’m in love with the soprano.

    JULIUS CAESAR – Anthony Roth Costanzo. Sold.

    THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE – Dallas and Houston only commission Christmas operas now, and it’s starting to piss me off. Hard pass.

    ELEKTRA – Christine Goerke. Sold. Bonus: David McVicar’s set from Chicago looks sweet.

    THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – Eric Owens as Don Basilio is not enough of a draw for me. Pass.

    WEST SIDE STORY – Okay, here’s the deal. I have mixed feelings about the trend of musicals in the opera house. I think they deserve to be there, but only in a company that can deliver a truly diverse and creative season. Not in a company that only has 2 Rossini operas in their current repertory. (Also, you won’t be surprised to hear this is a Francesca Zambello production…) BUT… BUT… West Side Story is soooooooo good. I can’t believe it’s never been done in an American opera house before. I’m going. You can’t stop me.

    So, I’m only interested in 3 out of 7. Not great. But I don’t actually live in Houston, so I’m relieved to not have to make the long drive so often.
    What about Norma? Liudmyla Monastyrska will have Simon O'Neill's Pollione for lunch and spit out the bones. And Jamie Barton should be a great Adalgisa!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    What about Norma? Liudmyla Monastyrska will have Simon O'Neill's Pollione for lunch and spit out the bones. And Jamie Barton should be a great Adalgisa!
    You know, the only reason I wasn't considering it, is that I'm seeing 2 or 3 Normas this year. But if you like that cast - who I have heard good things about, but haven't heard much yet - I'll give it further consideration. That's exactly the kind of advice that I'm here for!

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    Good luck with JK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    You know, the only reason I wasn't considering it, is that I'm seeing 2 or 3 Normas this year. But if you like that cast - who I have heard good things about, but haven't heard much yet - I'll give it further consideration. That's exactly the kind of advice that I'm here for!

    I never tire of Norma. Where are the other Normas, and who will be singing?

    Monastyrska is a force of nature, but probably better suited to dramatic roles (Abagaille, Lady Macbeth) than bel canto. Same goes for Sondra Radvanovsky, but suppose that's a matter of taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Good luck with JK!
    Indeed but it's over a year away and hopefully he will be fine. I won't be booking but I know many who would sell their granny for a ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I never tire of Norma. Where are the other Normas, and who will be singing?

    Monastyrska is a force of nature, but probably better suited to dramatic roles (Abagaille, Lady Macbeth) than bel canto. Same goes for Sondra Radvanovsky, but suppose that's a matter of taste.
    It's true, I may very well fall in love with it! My first will be in Dallas in April with Elza van den Heever & Yonghoon Lee (Adalgisa isn't listed... hrmm...). That's probably going to be the only live one, which could be a factor, but I'm going to want to see the Met Live in HD one, and if I get a hold of video of the Covent Garden La Fura dels Baus production (Sonya Yoncheva), I want to see that one too. It seems to be the Bellini opera of the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Good luck with JK!
    He's in Paris right now singing Lohengrin (premiere was yesterday evening). I certainly hope this turns out to be a better year for him than the past one.

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    Aside from the Orpheus et Eurydice, not a particularly interesting lineup in LA.
    I love Nabucco, but Domingo singing the big Verdi baritone roles - Domingo is one of the greats, and I'm lucky to have seen him sing numerous times - and to have had him autograph my book. Nonetheless, I'm losing interest.
    Carmen and Rigoletto on the same bill (of 6 operas) the same year? Meh.

    LA Opera does a nice job and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a great venue. My friend Arleen, who lives in LA, however, is big fan of contemporary opera - and will want to see Candide and I would much rather see the Orpheus.

    I don't know, Arleen is off touring Sudan and India at the moment, so TBD.

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    Washington National Opera announced their 2017-18 season this morning - looks like a good season and with interesting cast lists for a change! Since Candide also is being offered in DC, that will clear up the question of what to see in LA.


    http://tracking.wordfly.com/view/?si...016&src=248299


    Note: Dmitri Hvorostovsky also is listed as singing a recital in April, 2018. I certainly hope that he will be recovered and able to perform.
    Last edited by Hoffmann; January 24th, 2017 at 03:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Washington National Opera announced their 2017-18 season this morning - looks like a good season and with interesting cast lists for a change!
    I'm so glad there's going to be more for you to look forward to next season! That Don Carlo looks promising, and personally, I even want to see that unusual-looking production of Aida! (I'm a weirdo.)

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    https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/opera

    They're doing Don Carlos, I've found my fall opera trip!

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