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    I agree with Sir Colin on the point that the major orchestras are being pushed out of the traditional classical repertory. For example I think that the last time the Jupiter Symphony was heard in London was about three years ago when Haitink brought Chicago over. It is now very unusual for a non HIP band to regularly play these pieces. I am not a fan of HIP on the whole and I side with Davis about Norrington. He murdered a Mahler 9 at the proms last year (I hear Stuttgart were glad to see the back of him). Eliot Gardiner I admire in Bach recordings and will see what his Verdi is like on Friday in Rigoletto at ROH but I found it strange that as President of the LSO Davis criticised him seeing that Eliot Gardiner also has a close relationship with the orchestra and has recently done Beethoven and Brahms cycles which were not particularly acclaimed. However I do hear that although the musicians respect Eliot Gardiner he can be tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    ... Eliot Gardiner I admire in Bach recordings and will see what his Verdi is like on Friday in Rigoletto at ROH ....
    I'm seeing it on the 14th April so I'll be interested to read your review
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    At Teatro Real, in Madrid, there is now a special project. Instead of an opera, a performance by the well known Serbian artist Maria Abramović (working with stage director Robert Wilson), and music by the pop composer Antony and American avant-garde composer William Basinski. Willem Dafoe will be the protagonist.

    Well, this is not Opera, but at least it seems to be selling well.


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    Met's artistic director, Mr. Gelb, mentioned Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise will arrive at the Met in 2017 with Eric Owens singing the role of Saint François.

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    Wow, they're planning five years ahead?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Apparently they do, yes.

    In any case, Saint François, with the huge orchestra and chorus needed, it's usually planned well in advance for any theater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Wow, they're planning five years ahead?
    Back when there was that Met Opera Futures page (sorely missed now), info did exist for up to 5 years out, though it was very patchy ... maybe only one or two productions were known that far out with maybe one singer attached at most and that generally only if it were a vanity project ala that Renee Felming Handel project a couple years back, don't recall the specific opera now.

    Oh how I miss that page, had the next full season down to the last detail months before the Met would announce it, and even seasons two years out were well documented.

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    Yet again Anja Harteros is now proving herself to be a big no show singer by pulling out of La boheme. I am very worried about her showing for Otello in the summer as that is two whole runs she has pulled out of Covent Garden. She is starting to get a very bad reputation in the UK.

    http://www.roh.org.uk/news/celine-by...s-in-la-boheme

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    Parterre Box seems to have a bit of gossip about the matter...

    http://parterre.com/2012/04/12/blindsided/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    Parterre Box seems to have a bit of gossip about the matter...

    http://parterre.com/2012/04/12/blindsided/
    and the Twittersphere hasn't exactly been kind
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    The upside of all of this is Celine Byrne, the new Mimi, appears to be the latest new up-in-coming star.

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    In memory of the recently deceased Lili Chookasian:


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    Very interesting interview with René Jacobs.

    http://www.xpats.com/en/features/full-throated-baroque

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    Coloratura soprano Sari Barabas died at 98 years old.


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    ROH just announced Diana Damrau has cancelled Robert le diable owing to pregnancy.
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