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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Really? Which one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    That's debatable.

    Doesn't the title alone tell you it is not a lesbian love story? I wish it was, though.
    Can't read Italian, so I have no idea what the title means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Can't read Italian, so I have no idea what the title means.
    It is the "Capulets and the Montagues" which are two rival political households from Italian history. The story is famously adapted by Shakespeare for a play as the story "Romeo and Juliet".

    I think it is a wonderful opera with some beautiful songs composed for both Romeo (sung by a mezzo "in travesti" or a woman in a male role) and Juliet and the rival lover Tebaldi, sung by a tenor.

    This is a very good production lead by Fabio Luisi who is a specialist in this type of opera and Netrebko and Garanca who sung the lead roles are very impressive.

    If you are interested in hearing this opera, this is a recording that I would recommend.

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    I will always be imagining it as a lesbian love story now! It would make a brilliant (and probably also the first) opera with an LGBT theme and perhaps a bit more depth to the story with the introduction of new perspectives on marriage and relationships.

    I have decided I will compose a gay or lesbian opera now. Will anyone volunteer a story and libretto?
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    Geez, you guys have been busy while I was gone! I missed all kinds of excitement. I didn't do any listening at all because of running around a lot, but did end up suffering thru some 5 hours of insipid pop music on the radio in my friends car on the drive back to New Jersey this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Really? Which one?
    Presumably the one in back is the man's role. It just doesn't work for me. Would think the stage director would want the one playing a man to look more like a man. They manage to do it in Fidelio. Ah well, there are a lot of operas and productions of them out there to choose from. This particular opera is not one I am interested in anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Presumably the one in back is the man's role. It just doesn't work for me. Would think the stage director would want the one playing a man to look more like a man. They manage to do it in Fidelio. Ah well, there are a lot of operas and productions of them out there to choose from. This particular opera is not one I am interested in anyway.
    This is a CD recording of a staged performance in Vienna. Reviews of the live show say that Elina was convincing as Romeo, so, maybe she looked a bit more masculine on stage. The cover artist for the CD may have preferred to show her in all of her feminine beauty (which is considerable... trust me, I've met her in person) because her beauty helps with selling the product. By the way, this is a very good opera, so you might want to revisit your lack of interest; it's rewarding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Really? Which one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DasNino View Post
    the Sutherland hate in here is just...
    Honestly no hate on my part, there are no opera singers I hate (although I might lose respect at capricious or lazy behaviour). I recognise Sutherland's singing abilities and admire her down-to-earth hardworking persona. I just avoid listening to her, and I have tried quite a few times.
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    Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV711
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    I will always be imagining it as a lesbian love story now! It would make a brilliant (and probably also the first) opera with an LGBT theme and perhaps a bit more depth to the story with the introduction of new perspectives on marriage and relationships.

    I have decided I will compose a gay or lesbian opera now. Will anyone volunteer a story and libretto?
    I'm assuming you're familiar with Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain.

    Oops -- just saw your previous post. Disregard.
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    I never thought I'd ever be doing this, but I feel compelled to listen to a number of Verdi operas to become more familiar with them for the Verdi game....

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    I've been watching Charpentier's David et Jonathas recently. Your discussion about the The Montagues and Capulets and the lesbian story got me thinking about David and Jonathas' story. In this modern adaptation the two eponymous characters kiss quite a bit (though young Jonathas is played by a woman). Do you think this story could be about gay men?

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    It certainly could. Some of the passages of David and Jonathan's story from the books of Samuel in the Old Testament are already quite suggestive to the contemporary eye — at least in most current translations, fidelity to the original may vary tremendously — and that's probably where the stage director started from.
    Last edited by Festat; August 24th, 2015 at 04:48 PM.

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    I made it back home after my visit to Vermont with only a minor mishap on the highway. Other than that, I spent a lovely afternoon with Met Opera Radio and a recording of Luisa Miller from 1983 that was terrifically well sung (mostly cast with singers I am unfamiliar with). This is an opera I didn't know at all, so came away impressed.

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