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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Holten makes me nervous--something forced, barely under control about his demeanor, like he's expounding some mad conspiracy theory and is likely to burst into maniacal laughter at any moment.


    He's very personable and approachable. I didn't like many of his productions but he's a lovely guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Holten makes me nervous--something forced, barely under control about his demeanor, like he's expounding some mad conspiracy theory and is likely to burst into maniacal laughter at any moment.
    Kind of like the Queen of the Night?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Kind of like the Queen of the Night?
    Yes! That's it, exactly!

    A personable, approachable Queen of the Night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    A personable, approachable Queen of the Night!
    Brain... having .. trouble.. processing... concept.....
    Natalie

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    A review of La Scala's new production of the original Madama Butterfly, which premiered on Wednesday:
    https://bachtrack.com/review-madama-...-december-2016

    Alvis Hermanis' production does, indeed, have a traditional feel to it in a nod to the opera's world premiere in the early 20th century. There is absolutely nothing that foreshadows either the attack on Pearl Harbor or the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, so the timing of the 2016 premiere on 7 December didn't play a role in any directorial "concept."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    A review of La Scala's new production of the original Madama Butterfly, which premiered on Wednesday:
    https://bachtrack.com/review-madama-...-december-2016

    Alvis Hermanis' production does, indeed, have a traditional feel to it in a nod to the opera's world premiere in the early 20th century. There is absolutely nothing that foreshadows either the attack on Pearl Harbor or the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, so the timing of the 2016 premiere on 7 December didn't play a role in any directorial "concept."
    aand you can judge for yourself:

    Natalie

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    Among the winners of this year’s annual awards of the German Recording Review Prize is the Aida conducted by Sir Tony Pappano with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann in the leads. Up to 14 recordings from various musical genres can be selected for the annual award; for 2016, 11 recordings were recognized. Recipients of the honorary award included the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, and violinist Itzhak Perlmann.
    http://www.schallplattenkritik.de/jahrespreise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    aand you can judge for yourself:

    Yay! Analysis time! Got the 1904 libretto and google translate up to play a game of spot the difference! I have heard the Scotto and Barbirolli version so often any minor break in the score or even the libretto makes my ears immediately raise! Will make another post on major differences spotted in case anyone's interested.

    *Updated : So far the differences are so major I am changing my mind and will instead create a thread with my posts on the changes for any OL member interested on the major changes along with my interpretation of them (likely tomorrow afternoon when I have the time as I am tired and require sleep as it is 01 37 UK Time). Its fascinating to see the differences even in just the first half hour as Pinkerton's character has noticeably changed already!!!
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    Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton's best opera pics of 2016.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/ga...photos-of-2016
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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."
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    35% off digital version of Opera magazine.

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    I, for one, did not resist.
    Natalie

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    Oh ha ha ha, here is a good one. My sister knows I am really into opera. Today she sends me a You Tube of Andrea Bocelli and I felt like, "Oh great, do I have to watch this" (). It was terrible. So I send the following You Tube back to her:



    Her reply (emphasis hers),

    Wow what a voice!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Oh ha ha ha, here is a good one. My sister knows I am really into opera. Today she sends me a You Tube of Andrea Bocelli. It was terrible. So I send the following You Tube back to her:



    Her reply (emphasis hers),

    Wow what a voice!!!!!


    Excellent reaction!!

    Who is the conductor? He looks like Harry Redknapp [for English soccer fans only ].
    "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 sospiro View Post


    Excellent reaction!!

    Who is the conductor? He looks like Harry Redknapp [for English soccer fans only ].
    No idea who the conductor is, but it seems there is hope for my sister!
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    No idea who the conductor is, but it seems there is hope for my sister!
    This orchestra is simply awful. Roberto's performance here is a bit unpolished. But yes, he has a great voice.
    This one is a bit more polished (Roberto, that is, working better the musical line and the dynamics; the orchestra is still bad):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmATq9jlyRQ


    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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