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    Thanks Clayton!

    Hoffmann dates are Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st June (three evening shows at the same venue).

    It's really fun to be a part of the company and it's great that we try and run a varied programme. Gipsy Baron is the second most popular of the Strauss II operetta's, behind Die Fledermaus. The most famous number is Als flotter Geist (rearranged as Danube river of dreams in our version):
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    Southgate Opera's upcoming production: The Mikado (sung in English) 18-21 February 2015

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    Yes, I like this, very much. It has just gone on my wish list of opera CDs to buy!
    Pity I'll miss this performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattExcell View Post
    Hoffmann dates are Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st June (three evening shows at the same venue).
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    I have made a note in the diary with advance reminders.

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    Fantastic! I don't know if you use either, but tickets release dates are first publicised through our Facebook and Twitter accounts (along with a selection of images from our recent shows).
    Il Conte di Essex
    Southgate Opera's upcoming production: The Mikado (sung in English) 18-21 February 2015

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    Nice Matt, I hope the production is very successful.

    At Clayton, you have also this option:

    http://www.amazon.com/Johann-Strauss...dp/B0012GLMMQ/

    It's with a young Siegfried Jerusalem in great form, and it is lots of fun.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Gorgeous photo of Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak with new baby Malena.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Gorgeous photo of Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak with new baby Malena.

    Congratulations to both. Alagna has had a new lease of life since he met Aleksandra & was a great Don José.

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    "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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    Olympic Spotlight for Valery Gergiev.

    Fascinating to read that at a performance of "Boris Godunov" in the 1920s, Feodor Chaliapin sang the title role in Russian and the rest of the company sang in Italian.
    "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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    Excellent article!

    Anna talking in secret code

    "You will see. If you see me, I will be there. If not, I will be somewhere else"


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    Opera Now magazine

    Well - he said I could share; so if you want a free copy of Opera Now go to this page and enter the code:

    Dear Opera Now reader,

    The March digital edition of Opera Now has just been published and is ready to download and read on any device with a browser.

    Simply click on the cover or link and open using your current password or register using the new access code below.

    Please feel free to share this access with your colleagues.

    Access Code – AFS14
    Natalie

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    Interesting interview with Kasper Holten.
    "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
    Olympic Spotlight for Valery Gergiev.

    Fascinating to read that at a performance of "Boris Godunov" in the 1920s, Feodor Chaliapin sang the title role in Russian and the rest of the company sang in Italian.
    Apparently the gesture was returned. I read a long time ago that Ezio Pinza sang it in Italian while the rest of the cast sang it in Russian. He learned to sing at least the Coronation Scene in Russian at one point, for it exists on film.
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Interesting; modern technology gets to opera:

    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/the-opera...434546801.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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    I don't have Sky for reasons which I won't go into.

    Coming up on Sky Arts. Cuts off nose etc

    "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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    Pavarotti estate takes action to stop illicit child duet.

    Words fail me, just criminal.

    " ..The estate was originally unable to trace the recording because Pavarotti’s voice had been transposed a whole tone down – the ultimate insult to a great tenor."
    "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
    Pavarotti estate takes action to stop illicit child duet.

    Words fail me, just criminal.

    " ..The estate was originally unable to trace the recording because Pavarotti’s voice had been transposed a whole tone down – the ultimate insult to a great tenor."
    Poor little soul, too young to know what she is doing. That singing is pretty bad, the breathing is particularly shocking and she sounds as though she is forcing. Cowell is an exploiter whose moral sense, if he ever had any, has been addled by too many teeth-whitening chemicals.
    Natalie

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