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    With the performances being in Washington, they could have asked a couple of soldiers from the Army's Old Guard to help train the "supers" in marching.

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    As with many old KULTUR DVD's the picture is watery and faded in places, but it still sounds great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    With the performances being in Washington, they could have asked a couple of soldiers from the Army's Old Guard to help train the "supers" in marching.
    Several years later, I discovered the problem. I was supering with the Royal Danish Ballet - I don't recall the ballet, but was a member of a guard unit of maybe 12 or 15, carrying pikes (aka: spearcarrier) and we had to march out on stage in strict formation (the Danes were very fussy about this).

    In rehearsal, the guard unit wasn't performing according to their plan, which really annoyed them - I guess movement of any kind in ballet is important to their equivalent of legato. Our trainer made us do the routine over and over until he finally said "Aha" and pointed at me, saying "you are the problem". It was too late to replace me (and I fit the costume). We went through it a number more times, with music and without, and he still couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Finally, he called in the choreographer himself, who got down on his hands and knees and finally flat on his belly and had us do the routine very slowly. It turned out I was taking off on the wrong foot.

    Voila! Everything went without a hitch in performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Several years later, I discovered the problem. I was supering with the Royal Danish Ballet - I don't recall the ballet, but was a member of a guard unit of maybe 12 or 15, carrying pikes (aka: spearcarrier) and we had to march out on stage in strict formation (the Danes were very fussy about this).

    In rehearsal, the guard unit wasn't performing according to their plan, which really annoyed them - I guess movement of any kind in ballet is important to their equivalent of legato. Our trainer made us do the routine over and over until he finally said "Aha" and pointed at me, saying "you are the problem". It was too late to replace me (and I fit the costume). We went through it a number more times, with music and without, and he still couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Finally, he called in the choreographer himself, who got down on his hands and knees and finally flat on his belly and had us do the routine very slowly. It turned out I was taking off on the wrong foot.

    Voila! Everything went without a hitch in performance.
    funniest thing ever
    Natalie

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    And this undoubtedly explains why drill sergeants call out "left" or "right" when they're teaching trainees how to march!

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    Well, this was really weird. Il Trovatore, directed by Tcherniakov at La Monnaie. I like some of his work but not this. How can you render this opera even more confusing? Well, you make it all about some kind of role-play flashback with one of the participants (the Luna role) going bonkers and basically shooting everyone before dying of a heart attack. It would have been better if the singers were great, but Misha Didyk as Manrico should stick to the Russian repertoire, Scott Hendricks was underpowered as Luna, and Marina Poplasvkaya, while a committed actress whom I admire in many ways, had to do a lot of shrieking to reach Leonora's notes. Only Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo as Azucena was a pleasure aurally.

    Then I watched Ariadne auf Naxos from Salzburg, with Elena Mosuc, Emily Magee and Jonas Kaufman in a rather spivvy leopardskin suit, playing Bacchus like a jumpy housecat. This is the original version, with a kind of play-ballet based on Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme replacing the prologue as it is usually given now. I think it was probably interesting, but as I was watching on YouTube without subtitles I was struggling with my substandard German, only really appreciating the parts that I recognised from Molière. Good listening practice though. Second part was also good, although I have to confess that I find Strauss a bit soprano heavy, on the whole, for my tastes.

    See for yourselves

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    Natalie

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    My goodness, I had forgotten how utterly hilarious the Barber of Seville is, especially when sung by a cast comprising Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato (sans wheelchair), John del Carlo, John Relyea and Peter Mattei. Why on earth is it not on DVD?

    Meanwhile, enjoy it here in HD:
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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My goodness, I had forgotten how utterly hilarious the Barber of Seville is, especially when sung by a cast comprising Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato (sans wheelchair), John del Carlo, John Relyea and Peter Mattei. Why on earth is it not on DVD?

    Meanwhile, enjoy it here in HD:
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    Alas.....we still wait for the DiDonato "barber" with no wheelchair to appear on retail disc, waiting, waiting.......

    I do like this much better than the wheelchair version that was released

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    It's been in the Top 3 of my "Why Won't They Release It?" list (along with the Herheim Parsifal and the Carsen Ariadne) for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My goodness, I had forgotten how utterly hilarious the Barber of Seville is, especially when sung by a cast comprising Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato (sans wheelchair), John del Carlo, John Relyea and Peter Mattei. Why on earth is it not on DVD?

    Meanwhile, enjoy it here in HD:
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    I saw this live in the theater and it is the absolutely best Barber ever, for me. It is completely revolting and disgusting that this is not on DVD. It's the worst of such cases, even worse than the Damnation de Faust and you know how strongly I feel about that one.

    We should organize a world-wide boycott on all DVD and blu-ray companies and the Met and every opera company in the world that stages the Barber, to say that nobody will ever buy another ticket or another DVD until they capitulate and release this one.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Natalie

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    I've decided I really prefer the Solti over the Giulini recording:

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    I'm going to make more time to enjoy Mozart in the future...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've decided I really prefer the Solti over the Giulini recording:

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    Is that the five act?

    Answered my own question. It is the five act.
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've decided I really prefer the Solti over the Giulini recording:

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    Speaking of Don Carlo (Soave is all ears)........


    I found a great cheap live 1970 DC with very good sound, on opera d oro label you can buy basic or deluxe version
    There maybe some question of Janowitz as queen but fear not all is well and young Verrett is very dramatic Eboli, this must be owned!

    Verrett also Princess Eboli for the famous 1971 studio EMI Don Carlo with Giulini, I also love Bumbry singing Eboli for Decca Solti version





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