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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    To old for any role if that's who I think it is...
    Yeah, well, he isn't done yet! The Berliner Staatsoper's Macbeth, scheduled for a year from now, with himself singing Macbeth (along with Rene Pape/Banquo and Marina Prudenskaya/Lady M) already is sold out. Must be a lot of Berliners really, really like Macbeth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yeah, well, he isn't done yet! The Berliner Staatsoper's Macbeth, scheduled for a year from now, with himself singing Macbeth (along with Rene Pape/Banquo and Marina Prudenskaya/Lady M) already is sold out. Must be a lot of Berliners really, really like Macbeth!
    I'd only pay to hear someone else.
    Natalie

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    Opera crossover

    Hugh Canning writes a review in the Sunday Times the week before last (yes, it takes me over a week to read the Sunday papers) on the ENO production of Tristan und Isolde. Much of it is negative about the production and the appointment of Daniel Kramer as artistic director. I wish critics wouldn't be so negative but I guess that's like asking a cheesemaker to stop making smelly and mouldy food. Anyway I digress.
    There was an interesting part of the article that mentions the set design was by the sculptor Anish Kapoor. Again the review was not wholly favourable here but I thought that was something that might have attracted me to this production. Being a yes-yes-man, I'm sure if I had gone to see it, I would have enjoyed it, no matter what the clever people say about it.
    I wonder is there a lot of crossover in the opera world where artists of different disciplines share their talents? I'm sure there are...
    Bravo I say and stop poo-pooing so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Opera crossover

    Hugh Canning writes a review in the Sunday Times the week before last (yes, it takes me over a week to read the Sunday papers) on the ENO production of Tristan und Isolde. Much of it is negative about the production and the appointment of Daniel Kramer as artistic director. I wish critics wouldn't be so negative but I guess that's like asking a cheesemaker to stop making smelly and mouldy food. Anyway I digress.
    There was an interesting part of the article that mentions the set design was by the sculptor Anish Kapoor. Again the review was not wholly favourable here but I thought that was something that might have attracted me to this production. Being a yes-yes-man, I'm sure if I had gone to see it, I would have enjoyed it, no matter what the clever people say about it.
    I wonder is there a lot of crossover in the opera world where artists of different disciplines share their talents? I'm sure there are...
    Bravo I say and stop poo-pooing so much.
    Not sure if pole dancing qualifies as crossover or an art form, even though its proponent says it is.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/po...08-gq1wfw.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Not sure if pole dancing qualifies as crossover or an art form, even though its proponent says it is.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/po...08-gq1wfw.html
    More of an athletic exercise, I would think. But won't this give some Regietheater practitioners more ideas . . .

    Frankly, I don't think we need to draw the sort of new audience that is only interested in the Cliff Notes version of operas, without all the "boring bits." Opera is simply not something for people with limited attention spans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Opera is simply not something for people with limited attention spans.
    Huh? What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Huh? What?
    Pole dancing, on the other hand, can be (but not always is) riveting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Pole dancing, on the other hand, can be (but not always is) riveting.
    I only like the Cliff Notes version, without all the "boring bits."

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    Opera's abused women.

    Interesting piece but opera is of its time. But I'm surprised they didn't mention La fanciulla del West as an exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Opera's abused women.

    Interesting piece but opera is of its time. But I'm surprised they didn't mention La fanciulla del West as an exception.
    What about Rossini and Donizetti comedy? The Norinas, Adinas and Rosinas do fine.
    Natalie

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    I don't think I'd include Carmen and Isolde among opera's abused women, though each dies at the end of the opera. Isolde's Liebestod is something very much of her own choosing, and no worse than the way Tristan ends his life. Carmen certainly didn't deserve to be killed, but I view what happened to her as the consequence of a bad choice -- something we see quite often in real life. In her case, the bad choice was not leaving Josť alone when he showed no interest in her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I don't think I'd include Carmen and Isolde among opera's abused women, though each dies at the end of the opera. Isolde's Liebestod is something very much of her own choosing, and no worse than the way Tristan ends his life. Carmen certainly didn't deserve to be killed, but I view what happened to her as the consequence of a bad choice -- something we see quite often in real life. In her case, the bad choice was not leaving Josť alone when he showed no interest in her.
    Yes, Carmen does get killed but it's because she has the mindset of an independent woman and it would be worse for her to give in from fear than to die from defiance.

    Also if you look at the world that Butterfly is trying to survive in, she comes out as quite strong. Her worst mistake is to kid herself that Pinkerton has really married her. After that she definitely follows her own path, ans she chooses to kill herself and maintain her honour at the end rather than sell herself to the highest bidder.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Opera crossover

    Hugh Canning writes a review in the Sunday Times the week before last (yes, it takes me over a week to read the Sunday papers) on the ENO production of Tristan und Isolde. Much of it is negative about the production and the appointment of Daniel Kramer as artistic director. I wish critics wouldn't be so negative but I guess that's like asking a cheesemaker to stop making smelly and mouldy food. Anyway I digress.
    There was an interesting part of the article that mentions the set design was by the sculptor Anish Kapoor. Again the review was not wholly favourable here but I thought that was something that might have attracted me to this production. Being a yes-yes-man, I'm sure if I had gone to see it, I would have enjoyed it, no matter what the clever people say about it.
    I wonder is there a lot of crossover in the opera world where artists of different disciplines share their talents? I'm sure there are...
    Bravo I say and stop poo-pooing so much.
    Yes, there are two productions at the Berliner Staatsoper next season directed by TV and movie people: a new production of La damnation de Faust directed by Terry Gilliam (with Simon Rattle; Magdalena Kozena and Charles Castronovo) along with a new production of Les Pecheurs De Perles directed by Wim Wenders (with Daniel Barenboim; Olga Peretyako, et al.). Both could prove to be really interesting, or...

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    A night at the opera which turned into a night of tragedy.

    Terror in Munich.
    "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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    Ref the review above, has anyone been to a performance where an opera was changed because of events happening in real life?

    I know programmes on the telly are often pulled or delayed because of what has occurred in the real world.
    "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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