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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    It doesn't count, she skipped Rosina level. That's a cheat.
    Beware of calling my Anna a cheater. Poland is too close to Russia and a member of NATO, so a strike with one my tactical anti-detractors small nuclear devices might be misunderstood and start WWIII.
    "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 just received an announcement: there were 5,126 attendees to the Seattle Opera Live Simulcast of "Madama Butterfly" to Key Arena, yesterday, May 5th, the opening night of the run. That is more than half of an 8,000 seat venue. I believe the opera house itself was sold out. I think those are healthy numbers for Seattle. I just looked it up and McCaw Hall seats 2,890 people.

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    The Royal Opera House will interrupt Saturday night's performance of La bohème so that the BBC can film the finale to their Maestro at the Opera competition.

    Once Act 2 of the real show is done, Maestro Bychkov will make way for the BBC's contest winner, who will 'conduct' another Act 2, this time purely for the BBC's cameras. After this, the real show will resume with Act 3.

    This arrangement avoids the need to build the complex Act 2 set twice in one night

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    Gee, that sounds complicated. Why they just don't let the winner conduct Act 2, once? Act 1, Bychkov. Act 2, contest winner. Act 3, Bychkov. Period. Much simpler. Poor ticket holders, will have to endure a much longer show.
    "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 Aramis View Post
    It doesn't count, she skipped Rosina level. That's a cheat.
    She has sung Rosina. In Russia, a long time ago.

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    Haha! I knew that my Anna wasn't a cheater!
    I guess the world can breath in relief. WWIII won't start.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    In today's New York Times, Britten's "Billy Budd" enjoys revival with Nathan Gunn, at the Met.

    Also a second review in the Washington Post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Gee, that sounds complicated. Why they just don't let the winner conduct Act 2, once? Act 1, Bychkov. Act 2, contest winner. Act 3, Bychkov. Period. Much simpler. Poor ticket holders, will have to endure a much longer show.
    Can't imagine the poor singers and orchestra members are wild about it, either.

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    Here is the summary for the most recent issue of Opera Now:

    Opera Now
    http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/magazines/opera_now/

    May, 2012, Issue


    Among this month’s features are interviews with three sopranos:

    Artist of the Month
    Sri Lankan soprano Kishani Jayasinghe, a Jette Parker Young Artist at London’s Royal Opera House from 2006-08, talks about her decision to give up plans to practice law for a career in opera; her work ethic; and the challenges of portraying a controversial character (an Islamic fundamentalist would-be suicide bomber in Edward Rushton’s “Babur in London”).

    Call Me Madame
    Sumi Jo discusses her career as one of the world’s leading coloratura sopranos, including her experiences as a Korean artist working in Europe. She remembers an upbringing that would probably be viewed as unreasonably demanding by many in Western societies; talks about her preference for singing in concerts and recitals rather than staged operas; and reveals the source of her nickname, “The General.”

    Life With my Voice
    A short interview with Iréne Theorin about singing the heavy dramatic repertoire and Brünnhilde in particular.

    Stories on Opera Houses/Companies

    - An in-depth feature on the history of opera in Australia, including a look at all of the country’s opera houses and companies.

    - A quick overview of the Welsh National Opera

    - “Playing Away” – An article on three different touring companies that perform in the UK: South Africa’s up-and-coming Cape Town Opera, with its new “Mandela Trilogy;” Ellen Kent Productions, which stages traditional productions by visiting East European ensembles in parts of Britain where there is usually no other access to opera; and the Mariinsky Theater, one of Russia’s premier opera companies with internationally renowned conductor Valery Gergiev.

    - A one-page interview with Szilveszter Ókovács, government commissioner for the Hungarian State Opera, on the company’s future in the wake of Ádám Fischer’s highly-publicized resignation as the HSO’s artistic director.

    - A very interesting interview with New Zealand Opera’s general director Aidan Lang and the National Business Review’s CEO Todd Scott on the newspaper’s sponsorship of the opera company – to include naming rights, which makes the opera’s official designation the NBR New Zealand Opera.

    On Individual Operas

    “Epic Proportions” – A look at five of the most noteworthy productions of Wagner’s Ring cycle during the 2013 bicentennial, plus a list of some other options for taking in performances of Wagner’s music this year and next.

    “Opera Bluff” – This regular newbie’s guide to the operatic repertoire takes a look at Verdi’s Falstaff.

    Editorials

    - “Squillo” – Michael White’s monthly column is devoted this month to veteran stage director John Copley.

    - “Curtain Call” – The regular inside back page opinion piece. This month’s commentary is by Lee Connolly, ITV Studios’ creative director and executive producer of the “Popstar to Operstar” reality TV show. He describes how his experiences with this show have made him an opera fan. And, yes, there is more than a little attempt to justify the program against criticism from some leading opera reviewers such as the Daily Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen and Opera Now contributor Mark Glanville.

    Live Performance Reviews

    - Der fliegende Holländer – Beijing (National Center for the Performing Arts)
    Thomas Gazhei/Zhang Yalun; Eva Johansson/Sun Xinwei; Philip Webb/Warren Mok
    Lü Jia (conductor); Giancarlo del Monaco (director)

    - Rusalka – London (Royal Opera House)
    Camilla Nylund, Bryan Hymel, Alan Held
    Yannick Nézet-Seguin (conductor); Jossi Wieler/Sergio Morabito (directors)

    - La Cenerentola – Hampshire (Bury Court Opera)
    Stephanie Lewis, Eliana Pretorian, Belinda Williams
    Simon Over (conductor); Andrew Staples (director)

    - Timberbrit (Jacob Cooper) – Opera Underground, Peckham
    Lucy Cronin, Josh Bevan

    - Il Barbiere di Siviglia – English Touring Opera
    Kitty Whateley, Nicholas Sharratt, Grant Doyle, Andrew Slater, Alan Fair
    Paul McGrath (conductor); Thomas Guthrie (director)

    - Eugene Onegin – English Touring Opera
    Nicholas Lester, Sarah-Jane Davies, Jaewoo Kim, Stephen Holloway
    Paul McGrath (conductor); James Conway (director)

    - The Death of Klinghoffer (Adams) – London (English National Opera)
    Alan Opie, Richard Burkhardt, Michaela Martens
    Baldur Brünnimann (conductor); Tom Morris (director)

    - Sweeney Todd (Sondheim) – London, Adelphi Theatre
    Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton
    Jonathan Kent (director)

    - Adriana Lecouvreur – Frankfurt Opera
    Micaela Carosi, Frank van Aken, Davide Damiani, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Federico Secchi, Peter Marsh
    Carlo Montanaro (conductor); Vincent Boussard (director)

    - Rigoletto – Cologne (Köln) Opera
    Markus Brück, Anna Palimina, Dmitry Korchak
    Alain Altinoglu (conductor); Katharina Thalbach (director)

    - La Boheme – Reykjavik (Harpa Concert Hall)
    Hulda Björk Garðarsdóttir, Gissur Gissurarson, Agúst Ólafsson, Hrólfur Sævarsson
    Daniel Bjarnason (conductor); Jamie Hay (director)

    CD/DVD Reviews

    - Richard Strauss: Salome
    Angela Denoke, Alan Held, Kim Begley, Doris Soffel
    Stefan Soltezs (conductor); Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)
    Arthaus 108 037 (DVD/Blu-ray)
    *****
    - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    Bo Skovhus, Krassimira Stoyanova, Andrej Dunaev, Mikhail Petrenko
    Mariss Janssons (conductor); Stefan Herheim (director)
    Opus Arte OA BD7100 D (DVD/Blu-ray)
    *****
    - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Placido Domingo, Anja Harteros, Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Daniel Barenboim (conductor); Federico Tiezzi (director)
    Arthaus 101 595 (DVD)
    ***
    - Verdi: Rigoletto
    Alan Opie, Emma Matthews, Paul O’Neill
    Giovanni Reggioli (conductor); Elijah Moshinsky (director)
    Opera Australia OPOZ56010BD (Blu-ray)
    ****
    - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
    Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Rachelle Durkin, Taryn Fiebig
    Patrick Summers (conductor)
    Opera Australia OPOZ56002BD (Blu-ray)
    ***
    - Gluck: Il Trionfo di Clelia
    Hélène Le Corre, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Irini Karaianni, Vassilis Kavayas
    Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio (conductor)
    Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grim MDG 809 1733-2 (CD)
    ***
    - Massenet: Werther
    Rolando Villazon, Sophie Koch, Audun Iversen, Eri Nakamura
    Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)
    DG 477 9340 (CD)
    **
    - Cheryl Barker – “Puccini Passion”
    Soprano arias from Puccini’s operas
    Richard Bonynge (conductor)
    Melba MR 301110 (CD)
    *****

    Book Review
    - Victoria Newhouse: “Site and Sound
    The Monacelli Press
    Architectural historian Newhouse examines the relationship between music and architecture by studying major performance venues around the world. (Review favorable)

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    This will be news for people who know the Seattle arts scene: Jack Benaroya has died. Seattle philanthropist that built Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony. HERE is his obituary in the Seattle Times.

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    Jonas Kaufmann has also cancelled his two gala appearances with the Zürich Opera. Whatever was ailing him in New York obviously wasn't a simple case of the sniffles. I hope we'll hear some good news about him soon (or some of us will start worrying again).

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    Every time MAuer posts a news, I'm thinking OCH I KNOW, I KNOW, SOMETHING ABOUT JONAS KAUFMANN, I'M SO SURE while entering the thread but it never turns out to concern him

    I FINALLY WAS RIGHT THIS TIME

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Every time MAuer posts a news, I'm thinking OCH I KNOW, I KNOW, SOMETHING ABOUT JONAS KAUFMANN, I'M SO SURE while entering the thread but it never turns out to concern him

    I FINALLY WAS RIGHT THIS TIME
    And if it isn't about Jonas Kaufmann, then it's about Fidelio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    And if it isn't about Jonas Kaufmann, then it's about Fidelio.
    Well, you need Jonas Kaufmann doing Fidelio.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died today.

    http://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/ku...n/6647966.html

    R.I.P.


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