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    If you're extremely desperated, you may always take me instead of all these things suggested above. Come on, we'll burst on stage and sing some extra number I'll write for this opera. Then it will become so popular that they will stage that opera just for this number I've done and I'll share with you half of the sum that Meyerbeer will pay me to for this favor done to his music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Damning review of Robert le diable and I'm seeing it twice

    Aksel was correct
    Well, keep in mind that such scathing reviews often say more about the reviewer than about the production. I certainly don't share his views on John Relyea (maybe his diction isn't that great, granted), and sincerely doubt that Bryan Hymel did this poorly, given the great reviews he had elsewhere (remember, we saw him in Les Troyens, a very difficult role, and he did just fine). Of course I can't say anything about this Robert Le Diable since I wasn't there, and any singer can have a bad day. But the inflammatory and arrogant tone of this reviewer (I mean, he is inelegant enough to say that Diana Damrau should have crossed her legs - come on!) makes me suspect that this review is more about the reviewer than about the show. Besides, the bashing of Laurent Pelly's sets seems also quite misguided, given that they look just fine on the pictures provided. So, I wouldn't trust this reviewer that much. Just go with an open mind, and see if you can enjoy the show. Well, it is true that Meyerbeer is not by any means one of my favorite composers, but you've seen Robert Le Diable on the DVD I sent you, and while it isn't the greatest of masterpieces, it is not as bad as this reviewer makes it seem.
    "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 Almaviva View Post
    Well, keep in mind that such scathing reviews often say more about the reviewer than about the production. I certainly don't share her views of John Relyea, and sincerely doubt that Bryan Hymel did this poorly, given the great reviews he had elsewhere (remember, we saw him in Les Troyens, a very difficult role, and he did just fine). Of course I can't say anything about this Robert Le Diable since I wasn't there, and any singer can have a bad day. But the inflammatory and arrogant tone of this reviewer (I mean, she is inelegant enough to say that Diana Damrau should have crossed her legs - come on!) makes me suspect that this review is more about the reviewer than about the show.
    You're not the only one to complain about the Damrau comment. Very poor taste.

    Actually I'm not concerned about poor reviews. I have quirky (possible uneducated) opinions & ideas so I don't expect to think like mainstream critics. Can't wait to see the zombie nuns!
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    The few Meyerbeer operas that I have were alright. I didn't find them dull. I have not listened to Robert Le Diable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    The few Meyerbeer operas that I have were alright. I didn't find them dull. I have not listened to Robert Le Diable though.
    I have always enjoyed Le Prophete and Les Huguenots, but I slept through L'Africaine in San Francisco many years ago. Even the young Ruth Ann Swenson as Ines could not keep me from dozing.

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    I've read several good critiques of it today, so it would seem we have here a controversial production. Twitter was rather divided as well.

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    Met undergoing renovation of its inner guts.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/ar...enovation.html
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Sad news.

    Lisa della Casa, one of the greatest singers of all times, has died today, at 93 years old.

    Last edited by Schigolch; December 11th, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

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    Another piece of bad news: Galina Vishnevskaya dies at 86.


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    Hi everyone,
    PBS has the Richard Tucker Gala online for streaming.
    http://video.pbs.org/video/2315196220/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Hi everyone,
    PBS has the Richard Tucker Gala online for streaming.
    http://video.pbs.org/video/2315196220/
    AND it works internationally as well! Thanks!

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    The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

    http://www.wqxr.org/#!/blogs/operavo...st-opera-2012/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    The Best and Worst of Opera in 2012

    http://www.wqxr.org/#!/blogs/operavo...st-opera-2012/
    Maybe we should start our own thread on this topic: Opera Lively's Best and Worst of Opera in 2012. Might be fun.

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