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    Oh bugger. Brain tumours are the worst.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh bugger. Brain tumours are the worst.
    Yep
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    Time again to submit nominations for the International Opera Awards:
    http://www.operaawards.org/nominate/

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    I was reading online the "New York Times" lists of "10 Bests" this morning, which includes classical music and which I will try and post separately. I ran across this review from a couple of days ago of the Met's performance of Nabucco. Starring Placido Domingo and conducted by James Levine.

    Despite questions about the judgement of both of these icons to continue to perform, the review is notably admiring of the performance. Just a bit of good news in the swamp that otherwise is prominent in the daily news.

    Bravo to these gentlemen that have given so much pleasure to opera lovers over the years!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/ar...tionfront&_r=0

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    Also nice to see the reviewer's thumbs-up for Russell Thomas and Jamie Barton, both of whom I've enjoyed hearing in local opera productions.

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    I was nearly in panic mode and imagining the worst when I came across the announcement on JK's official web site that he's now canceled his participation in the gala opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on 11-12 January on the advice of his doctors.
    http://www.jonaskaufmann.com/en/188/schedule.html

    However, he appeared on a talk show of the German television network NDR (basically North German Broadcasting) yesterday and not only seemed in good health, but explained that he was to have performed a special new composition at these concerts which is quite demanding (he can't reveal too many details other than that it has an extreme high and low range), and taking it on at this point would have been inadvisable. For those who speak German, here is a clip from the program. (It also contains some cute black-and-white film of the boy Jonas running along the beach during vacations in Italy.)
    http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/NDR-Ta...entId=39552510

    The broadcaster was evidently running a fund-raising campaign similar to those of PBS or National Public Radio in the U.S., and donors' names and pledges are scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    For those who speak German
    "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

    There's still time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    There's still time!!
    I don't have the time or the patience to learn another language. I missed that boat. I studied German in high school decades ago but didn't continue. Young brains learn better and faster.
    "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
    I don't have the time or the patience to learn another language. I missed that boat. I studied German in high school decades ago but didn't continue. Young brains learn better and faster.
    My old, impatient brain is in complete agreement with you.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    My old, impatient brain is in complete agreement with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I don't have the time or the patience to learn another language. I missed that boat. I studied German in high school decades ago but didn't continue. Young brains learn better and faster.

    Yeah, I get that all right. I broke into a cold sweat on my first day of German class in Berlin last summer - 3 1/2 hours of intensive German with a class full of chirpy 20 and 30 somethings was a challenge.

    However, I managed to stick with it and enjoyed the experience. Two weeks of class wasn't enough to make a dent in 40+ years of gap, however. Probably a near miracle I've retained as much as I have considering what a lousy student I was. With a tin ear for languages.

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    An article in the "Washington Post" this morning by Anne Midgette about a new one hour opera about to premiere at the Washington National Opera The Dictator's Wife, composed by Mohammed Fairouz.

    A note of warning that this report touches on politics - it is a bit of a moving target, but the composer, a Pakistani, is trying to make a point. I will leave it at that - you read and decide.

    These one hour operas seem to be a passion for Francesca Zambello (right up there with her passion for the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY), who has been devoting significant energy and resources into their development since the beginning of her tenure at WNO. These operas are separate from the regular WNO season and not included in the subscriptions. I don't have much taste at this point for such experimental compositions, so don't plan on attending.



    https://www.washingtonpost.com/enter...=.893ae37a0f2e

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    First Herheim, now Bieito. The Met cancels La forza del destino.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/a...tion.html?_r=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    First Herheim, now Bieito. The Met cancels La forza del destino.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/a...tion.html?_r=0

    I don't know... it seems something of an extreme step to save all of $1 million.

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