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    What a great variation of the story of Cinderella.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38467218

    " ... There was no giant pumpkin in her opera, nor did the prince find Cinderella's lost shoe, like in more famous versions of the tale. Instead, the prince was haunted by a melody that Cinderella sang as she fled the ball without finishing it.

    The only girl who could finish the tune was Cinderella herself, and that was how the prince rediscovered her."
    "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
    What a great variation of the story of Cinderella.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38467218

    " ... There was no giant pumpkin in her opera, nor did the prince find Cinderella's lost shoe, like in more famous versions of the tale. Instead, the prince was haunted by a melody that Cinderella sang as she fled the ball without finishing it.

    The only girl who could finish the tune was Cinderella herself, and that was how the prince rediscovered her."
    I wish this was filmed. There is the short version in Hebrew on her channel but I'd like to see the full opera. Also I wish they would just call her an 11 year old composer instead of all the wunderkind/prodigy/little Mozart rubbish.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I wish this was filmed. There is the short version in Hebrew on her channel but I'd like to see the full opera. Also I wish they would just call her an 11 year old composer instead of all the wunderkind/prodigy/little Mozart rubbish.
    Another review

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opera/wha...ld-sound-like/
    "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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    It's quite exciting watching the progress of Alma Deutscher. I'm looking forward to the next steps...

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    I think by 11, I had learned to tie my shoes.

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    English National Opera posted a quiz on how many of the 100 operas they listed have you seen. I'm not sure if it meant you could tick the box if you saw the opera live at ENO, you saw it live anywhere or you've seen it live and/or on DVD.

    I got 29 (pathetic!) but I only counted operas I had seen live anywhere. I've seen more than that but they're not on the list.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/englishnati...-you-seen-k182
    "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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    counting the operas seen live... 16

    umm... It'll be 17 after 30th January!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post

    umm... It'll be 17 after 30th January!

    "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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    I've seen 44 of these live, thanks not only to performances at the local opera company but also my travels to hear Siegfried Jerusalem and der Jonas. Like Annie, I've also attended live performances of some operas not on this list.

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    I probably have seen 7 of those live, back in the 1980s.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I've seen three if it's live anywhere ... To be fair though most of the year I live in Cornwall (which is a million miles away from everything) so My opera excursions live are an annual treat at the moment. If its on other performances I have seen 27 of the list which isn't a lot but I don't want to go through the repertory too quickly as then I just feel sad (like when I finished Puccini)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    I've seen 9 of these live, but counting videos & such it's 50. Not bad for my first 2 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    but I don't want to go through the repertory too quickly as then I just feel sad (like when I finished Puccini)
    I think by the end of 2017, I'll have finished my first run-through of Puccini, Wagner AND Mozart's mature operas. I'm apprehensive as to what that will be like, BUT... I rarely ever feel like I saw a definitive performance, so I prefer to think of it all as training for the next time I see them, hopefully "for real" (live)!

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    I think I may have seen 11 of these live (should have been one more; I can't believe the list doesn't include Lohengrin!)

    Clearly, my opera experience has always been much more focused on CDs (or LPs, or cassettes) and DVDs (or VHS's) than on live performance. Can't say I foresee that changing much.

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    I've seen 64 of these live, but there are several caveats to the list.

    First, I am actually something of an impatient sort - If I don't like a performance, a production or an opera itself I, erm, walk out. So for various reasons, I didn't make through the complete performances of the following:

    Peter Grimes: Wrist-slashingly depressing
    Xerxes: Unfortunate production with all-female cast and played almost as a vaudeville
    Falstaff: Don't really like the opera very much;
    Pelleas et Melisande: Companion wanted to leave and felt obligated to walk her home - loved it otherwise
    Boris Godunov: Arrived home from trip to Paris the afternoon of the opera and tried to make it through. Couldn't (& w Samuel Ramey!)

    So, I've really seen 60 of these live all the way through, including the ones below. I only made it through Act I of each on the above list, although in Pelleas' case, that was halfway. Except Xerxes and Pelleas, the others were some years ago - in all cases except poor performances/productions/jet lag, I now would stay until the end.

    Also:

    The Mikado was a high school production, don't know if that counts
    Pirates of Penzance was a Broadway roadshow with Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits fame) and Linda Ronstadt
    Written on Skin was a concert performance, not staged
    Julius Caesar was a Met Live screening

    I didn't count it, but did one of my super's walk-ons in Pagliacci

    Lohengrin indeed belongs on the list!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    Pelleas et Melisande: Companion wanted to leave and felt obligated to walk her home - loved it otherwise...
    Such a gentleman; I might have offered the taxi fare...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...
    I didn't count it, but did one of my super's walk-ons in Pagliacci...
    Well, this scores triple points!

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