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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    London working class footy fans go to the opera; with surprising results.

    Lovely story, and I got homesick listening to those guys talk. I used to live opposite the Chelsea Football Ground.

    PS I knew the Greek guy would fall for the story!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Lovely story, and I got homesick listening to those guys talk. I used to live opposite the Chelsea Football Ground.

    PS I knew the Greek guy would fall for the story!
    He really got it didn't he! Could hardly speak.
    "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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    If you read French, nice interview with Gerald Finley about singing Sachs in Meistersinger here: clicky.
    Natalie

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    His case will depend on him proving that just one limited period damaged his hearing, when it is more likely that it built up over the years and this was the last straw. Otherwise every viola player who was sitting there would have a hearing problem.
    Natalie

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    Countertenors - the new superstars.

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201...-who-sing-high
    "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
    Countertenors - the new superstars.

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201...-who-sing-high
    The new generation of stars includes the 33-year-old American Anthony Roth Costanzo, a “perfect musician”, according to Le Monde, who recently dazzled London audiences in the title role of Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten
    Nice to see Opera Lively interviewee and local kid Anthony doing so well (he is from Durham, part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area where I live, and his parents are professors at the same university where I teach, Duke University.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    They didn't mention Franco Fagioli who is the most astonishing counter-tenor singing nowadays.
    Natalie

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    After driving home yesterday from a frigid weekend in Vermont (the good news is that my friend, Emil, now has satellite radio, so no insipid pop music and listened to classic rock instead). Then, this evening, I accompanied a neighbor to a celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, where Jo Ann is a donor. A very nice evening with about 1,000 or so of my closest friends and lots of rack of lamb and champagne - and all the galleries were open.

    The event was a buffet, so a couple that sat down and joined us at our table turned out to be the Chairman of the Wagner Society of Washington, DC, and his wife. He also is the author of Wagner’s Ring: A Listeners Companion and Concordance and will be attending two of the three Rings that will be performed at the Kennedy Center next month. We had a great conversation, but now I think I'm on the hook to join the Wagner Society!

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    Believe it or not, this is the image the Dalhalla Opera Festival is using in advertisements for this year’s production of Carmen. This gal strikes me as more creepy than sexy -- perhaps Azucena or Ulrica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    They didn't mention Franco Fagioli who is the most astonishing counter-tenor singing nowadays.
    Is he on any good DVD?
    "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
    Is he on any good DVD?
    Like with Jaroussky, it took me a while to adapt to his voice, and he sure makes some funny faces, but I'm a devoted fan now.



    Here is a scene:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Like with Jaroussky, it took me a while to adapt to his voice, and he sure makes some funny faces, but I'm a devoted fan now.



    Here is a scene:

    Hey, if I'm not mistaken I have this one but it's on my unwatched pile. I will watch it. I looooooove the countertenor voice, and if he is very good, and my favorite singer Jaroussky is there too, it must be a treat!

    I've been completely losing control of my unwatched pile. I stopped keeping any sort of list, and stuff comes in the mail, I open the boxes and toss the DVD or blu-ray in drawers (I ran out of space in shelves and Countess is not happy about the whole house being taken by dozens of opera DVDs so she is not in agreement with still another set of shelves being assembled in the living room), and often they get forgotten there until I bump into them somehow and watch them.

    So, I *think* this Artaserse is around here somewhere. If it isn't then I'll buy it.

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    PS - Yep, my Amazon account says "you purchased this item on December 7, 2014." Now it is a matter of finding it. Gulp. I'm *so* disorganized!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Fagioli is fab, and for a countertenor fan, this production is great!

    "you purchased this item on December 7, 2014."

    poor neglected dvd...
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; April 14th, 2016 at 02:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I've been completely losing control of my unwatched pile. I stopped keeping any sort of list, and stuff comes in the mail, I open the boxes and toss the DVD or blu-ray in drawers (I ran out of space in shelves and Countess is not happy about the whole house being taken by dozens of opera DVDs so she is not in agreement with still another set of shelves being assembled in the living room), and often they get forgotten there until I bump into them somehow and watch them.
    Wow, sounds like a fun kind of loss of control!
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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