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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigli13 View Post
    Sorry I understand now that makes it more interesting. Did anyone else ever quit because of the stage director? Could the president of the opera house overrule the stage director? Where is the Rudulph Bing person when you need him to work out a compromise?
    If you deliberately hire Hans Neuenfels you know what you are letting yourself in for. If you want to be Rudolf Bing you hire Zeffirelli and put up with all the overstuffed furniture and distracting sets.
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    It is very interesting how so many elements go into an opera of course. Sad that they have all those resources and talent and can't get along. Yet,look at that NC Piedmont Company how even the Costumes look a lot like world class costumes from La Scala. These people should learn from the local opera company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigli13 View Post
    Did anyone else ever quit because of the stage director? Could the president of the opera house overrule the stage director?
    Piotr Beczala told me that he was about to quit a production by Calixto Bieito, when the opera house ran out of money and made of it a concert performance. Juan Diego Florez said he quit one, but wouldn't tell me which one or by whom. Many of the more traditionalist singers won't get to the point of quitting one, because they won't ever sign up for one. I've heard this from many of the Italian singers.

    Like Nat said, the president of the opera house of course can overrule the director, but in this case, if they hired someone with a strong reputation for Regieoper, they knew what they were getting so presumably there was agreement and shared views between the boss and the stage director.
    "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 Clayton View Post
    Out of mild curiosity, what opera was this production of?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    From remarks Nikolaus Bachler, the Intendant at the Bavarian State Opera, made in Opernwelt's 2014 yearbook, I suspect the choice of a Regietheater practitioner was absolutely deliberate. It's the style Bachler favors. That's his right, of course, but it means he'll have to consider the possibility that engaging such directors may cost him some top-level singers in the end. It's just unfortunate that in this instance, it's the Met and those who purchased tickets to the La Boheme production expecting Opolais who are really paying the price for Bachler's decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    From remarks Nikolaus Bachler, the Intendant at the Bavarian State Opera, made in Opernwelt's 2014 yearbook, I suspect the choice of a Regietheater practitioner was absolutely deliberate. It's the style Bachler favors. That's his right, of course, but it means he'll have to consider the possibility that engaging such directors may cost him some top-level singers in the end. It's just unfortunate that in this instance, it's the Met and those who purchased tickets to the La Boheme production expecting Opolais who are really paying the price for Bachler's decision.
    I can't wait to find out what Neuenfels was doing to Manon Lescaut to make trebs quit. We've had rats (Lohengrin) and body doubles (Entführung), both successful productions, so maybe this will make me like Manon a bit more.

    (and I'm just as happy to hear Opolais as Trebs)

    But I'm not convinced by der Jonas' full beard. Makes him look a bit hamstery.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    But I'm not convinced by der Jonas' full beard. Makes him look a bit hamstery.
    Since it's Neuenfels, maybe that *is* the production concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Since it's Neuenfels, maybe that *is* the production concept.
    De Grieux offering Manon flowers:

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    Geronte organises some entertainment...



    ...and dance lessons for Manon:



    Geronte discovering Manon and de Grieux together:



    Manon abandoned in the desert:



    You just have to be glad he stuck to the basic story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    De Grieux offering Manon flowers:

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    Geronte organises some entertainment...



    ...and dance lessons for Manon:



    Geronte discovering Manon and de Grieux together:



    Manon abandoned in the desert:



    You just have to be glad he stuck to the basic story.


    Oh Nat!! That's got to be post of the year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Oh Nat!! That's got to be post of the year!!

    Absolutely! LOL!!

    But hey, maybe the hamster -- er, der Jonas -- is getting started growing a nice full beard for his appearances next summer as Florestan at the Salzburg Festival.
    http://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/opera/fidelio-2015
    Maybe this production will eventually be released in DVD format. Because some people can't have too many recordings of Fidelio. And some people especially can't have too many recordings of Fidelio with der Jonas.

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    Am I the only one who looks forward to a hamster blu ray of Manon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Am I the only one who looks forward to a hamster blu ray of Manon?
    Nope.

    If that does come out on blu ray, then I will go and buy a blu ray machine and a 4k television to celebrate it's release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    De Grieux offering Manon flowers . . . (etc.)
    Someone has *way* too much time on her hands. Or a directing career awaiting her.

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    These hamsters don't have cough cough assets cough cough.
    A good Manon Lescaut needs cough cough assets cough cough.
    Kristine Opolais definitely has the required cough cough assets cough cough so I hope they are put to good use in this production.
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    These hamsters don't have cough cough assets cough cough.
    A good Manon Lescaut needs cough cough assets cough cough.
    Kristine Opolais definitely has the required cough cough assets cough cough so I hope they are put to good use in this production.
    Is it this production?

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