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    Well, I don't think this is so extravagant.

    After all, you always need to orchestrate Poppea. This is opera for the solist voice, with minimal chorus and sparse instrumental accompaniment. And the score we get, in different sources, is only for the vocal lines and the continuum. Usually, the reconstructions today follow a HIP approach, but there are also different approaches from Malipiero, Krenek, Boesmans,...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh golly, please save me from Pop'Pea.

    I'm surprised they didn't get the Mezzo-Poprano to sing in it.
    This is such an arrogant statement, and by a major opera house, no less:

    "The dramatic framework for the work by Busenello, librettist for Monteverdi's original opera, has been tightened up by dramaturge Ian Burton in order to focus our attention on the action forming the core of the plot."

    Who do these people think they are, to pretend to do better than the original creators of this masterpiece???
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A fascinating article in the New York Times by Zachary Woolfe, detailing his big HD tour of the US.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/ar...pagewanted=all

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    It's an OK article. Nothing new, except for Mr. Gelb's defense of his approach.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    If you were going to tune into the radio for the Met Walkure or worse attending,
    I am sorry to say that Jonas Kaufmann is unwell and replaced by Mr Westbroek, Frank van Aken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    If you were going to tune into the radio for the Met Walkure or worse attending,
    I am sorry to say that Jonas Kaufmann is unwell and replaced by Mr Westbroek, Frank van Aken.
    Oh, no!!!!! But I appreciate the warning.

    And wish Herr K. a speedy recovery.

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    I have heard that Gergiev has almost finished recording a Ring cycle with the Mariinsky. I hope for his sake and ours that he has assembled an international cast or God help us all. Not surprisingly release is for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    This is such an arrogant statement, and by a major opera house, no less:

    "The dramatic framework for the work by Busenello, librettist for Monteverdi's original opera, has been tightened up by dramaturge Ian Burton in order to focus our attention on the action forming the core of the plot."

    Who do these people think they are, to pretend to do better than the original creators of this masterpiece???
    I just hope they're not watering it it down for spoonfeeding, while clinging to the facade of "tightening up"

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    Toby Spence has withdrawn from ENO Billy Budd. Wishing him a swift & complete recovery.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Toby Spence has withdrawn from ENO Billy Budd. Wishing him a swift & complete recovery.
    I couldn't agree more. I can't believe that he sang David in Meistersinger so well whilst fighting this horrid thing around Christmas time.

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    Of course I'm disappointed not to be seeing him, but I think he's made absolutely the right decision. I wish him all the best.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Toby Spence has withdrawn from ENO Billy Budd. Wishing him a swift & complete recovery.
    OMG. Poor man!

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    On a lighter note, some good news and some not-so-good news:

    Good news: Next summer (2013), Anna Netrebko will become Countess Almaviva.

    Not-so-good news (for Alma): She's singing the role in a production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Baden Baden Festival. And her real-life sposo, Erwin Schrott, is singing the Count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    On a lighter note, some good news and some not-so-good news:

    Good news: Next summer (2013), Anna Netrebko will become Countess Almaviva.

    Not-so-good news (for Alma): She's singing the role in a production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Baden Baden Festival. And her real-life sposo, Erwin Schrott, is singing the Count.
    That's what's been announced, but I'm confident Mr. Schrott will call in sick, and they'll fly me to Baden Baden on short notice to sing the Count.
    "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 MAuer View Post
    Good news: Next summer (2013), Anna Netrebko will become Countess Almaviva.

    It doesn't count, she skipped Rosina level. That's a cheat.

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