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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    reported in The Times on Tuesday (it takes me more than 2 days to read the newspaper)

    "...The Times ...praised his staging ... as a nightmare mash-up of ...David Lynch and Woody Allen"

    sounds err... interesting
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    Well it can't be as bed as Kasper's Onegin staging right?right?
    Mears is in the Holten mould and the appointment doesn't fill me with optimism.
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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky has just posted this on his facebook page


    My dear friends: I am disappointed to have to withdraw from Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper following my doctors' orders that I undergo another round of chemotherapy. I am optimistic about these treatments and look forward to my upcoming concerts in Germany and beyond. In the meantime, I thank you all for your continued well-wishes, good vibes, and love.
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    So sorry to read this. I hope his treatments go well and that he's able to resume singing as soon as possible.

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    Stupid cancer. Get well, Dmitri.

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    Placido Domingo just re-upped as General Director of the LA Opera:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...nap-story.html


    I wonder if this also requires LA to allow him to sing in one of their productions ...

    We were fortunate here in DC, when Domingo was General Director of the Washington National Opera, that he still was singing well when he was featured in one or more productions each season. His programming and casting - and productions - also were a good deal more interesting than what I've been seeing from Francesca Zambello during her directorship.

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    Jonas Kaufmann’s unofficial website (http://www.jkaufmann.info/neu.htm) quotes Stéphane Lissner as announcing the opening production of the 2017-18 season at the Opéra National de Paris as Verdi’s Don Carlo, with a cast that includes der Jonas, Sonya Yoncheva, Ludovic Tézier, Elīna Garanča, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Let’s hope JK stays healthy, because that sounds like a fabulous cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Jonas Kaufmann’s unofficial website (http://www.jkaufmann.info/neu.htm) quotes Stéphane Lissner as announcing the opening production of the 2017-18 season at the Opéra National de Paris as Verdi’s Don Carlo, with a cast that includes der Jonas, Sonya Yoncheva, Ludovic Tézier, Elīna Garanča, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Let’s hope JK stays healthy, because that sounds like a fabulous cast.
    Also for once an Eboli who can sing "Don Fatale" with a straight face.
    Natalie

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    Also for once an Eboli who can sing "Don Fatale" with a straight face.
    Wellll. I was lucky enough to see the Met's last production of Don Carlo when it was in its initial run (ca. 1979), with Marilyn Horne singing Eboli. She was magnificent and completely upstaged Renata Scotto's Elisabetta!

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    As one professional singer commented "so pleased for all my friends who have spent years studying ..."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...n-musical.html
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    reader's comment posted

    [Katherine Jenkins] "The people's mezzo soprano"? I don't think so, the people are not stupid.

    a little bit funny (although a little bit naughty too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Jonas Kaufmann’s unofficial website (http://www.jkaufmann.info/neu.htm) quotes Stéphane Lissner as announcing the opening production of the 2017-18 season at the Opéra National de Paris as Verdi’s Don Carlo, with a cast that includes der Jonas, Sonya Yoncheva, Ludovic Tézier, Elīna Garanča, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Let’s hope JK stays healthy, because that sounds like a fabulous cast.
    I just noticed this post. I would quite like to go to Paris now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    reader's comment posted

    [Katherine Jenkins] "The people's mezzo soprano"? I don't think so, the people are not stupid.

    a little bit funny (although a little bit naughty too)
    Some of the comments from t'interweb

    To ENO - You are joking?

    From a professional singer - We may witness the rare accomplishment of ENO chorus singing superbly (as always) while simultaneously biting its tongue.

    From a professional singer - Very sad to hear of our national Opera company putting on a musical "starring" an opera hater and a not worthy.

    From a musical theatre forum - Quite an achievement of the casting dept to find two people with the combined charisma of a turnip to lead this show. At least I can save some money by not going though.

    From a musical theatre forum - I wouldn't say I've seen her [Jenkins] act in anything, but I did see her in the Doctor Who Christmas Special she was in. But in fairness that was a few years ago and she has had time to improve, hopefully take some acting classes, that sort of thing I guess...

    From a professional singer - this kind of project with such people performing goes long way to destroy this [opera].

    We shouldn't be surprised when you consider that the ENO Chief Executive, Cressida Pollock, by her own admission doesn't know anything about opera.
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    More on the decision by ENO to stage Carousel with Jenkins and Boe

    clicky

    Interview with Boe following publication of his book

    clicky

    From what I'm reading on social media, the fury is mainly aimed at Boe who some professional singers regard as a traitor.
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    Wow, what a nice initiative from the Met - from email they sent to patrons today:

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    The Met is now open on Sundays. This season the company has opened the doors of the opera house to the public during daytime hours, allowing opera fans the chance to explore areas of the building that were previously closed off and visit our special 50th anniversary exhibitions in Founders Hall. Now we’re expanding this popular initiative by offering Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier Restaurant, featuring performances by rising Met stars.

    Beginning Sunday, December 4, the restaurant will serve brunch from 11AM to 2:30PM, including recitals by young Met artists, accompanied by piano, at 12:15PM and 1:30PM. These performances of popular arias offer a unique opportunity for diners to discover Met stars of the future—while enjoying a Champagne cocktail or two. The house itself will be open from 11AM-4PM, so that restaurant patrons can experience our exhibitions before or after their meals.
    "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
    Wow, what a nice initiative from the Met - from email they sent to patrons today:

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    The Met is now open on Sundays. This season the company has opened the doors of the opera house to the public during daytime hours, allowing opera fans the chance to explore areas of the building that were previously closed off and visit our special 50th anniversary exhibitions in Founders Hall. Now we’re expanding this popular initiative by offering Sunday brunch at the Grand Tier Restaurant, featuring performances by rising Met stars.

    Beginning Sunday, December 4, the restaurant will serve brunch from 11AM to 2:30PM, including recitals by young Met artists, accompanied by piano, at 12:15PM and 1:30PM. These performances of popular arias offer a unique opportunity for diners to discover Met stars of the future—while enjoying a Champagne cocktail or two. The house itself will be open from 11AM-4PM, so that restaurant patrons can experience our exhibitions before or after their meals.
    That sounds wonderful. The ROH is being refurbished and plan to do something similar but I don't think they will open closed off areas.

    The ROH Young Artists give free lunchtime recitals in the Crush Room but are being held elsewhere during the refurbishment.
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