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    Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 catch-up for those in UK.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...d-2017-round-1

    Much comment on Social Media on the Norwegian mezzo's dress. Too revealing?

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    Cleavage seems to be her thing. Look at her pictures on Google Images. She must really like that one, though, apparently she's been wearing it since 2012! It looks like a nice dress.

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    Here's the dress in full view. I must admit I have a soft spot for velvet and green is my favorite color.


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    TBH anything that makes opera visible is fine. Might distract public attention from the crooning Welsh Barbie so they can hear quality singing
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I must admit I have a soft spot for velvet and green is my favorite color.
    I love this shade of green! If I found a nice dress in this color, I would definitely buy it and wear it, revealing or no.

    Listened to the ROH Meistersinger over the weekend. I thought Pappano's read involved a "main" line that was less prominent than usual and correspondingly greater emphasis on the other lines. (Gosh, I don't know the proper term for anything. In college, we were required to take 8 liberal arts classes, and I'm really regretting only doing economics for that. A music theory class or two would have been fantastic.) Though during the Act 3 Sachs and Beckmesser confrontation, there were several times when everything was momentarily unrecognizable. Other than the previously-known-to-me Terfel, Willis-Sorensen, and Kranzle, I liked Gwyn Hughes Jones (could this name be more Welsh?) and really liked Allan Clayton's David. I think Glyndebourne is broadcasting him as Hamlet in a couple weeks?

    Also went to the Met summer recital with some coworkers on Monday. I was really looking forward to Stephen Costello singing a primarily French program ("La fleur que tu m'avais jetee", "Salut, demeure chaste et pure", and "Pourquoi me reveiller"), but he cancelled and was replaced by Petr Nekoranec, one of the Lindemann Young Artists the day of. We looked him up, saw he was making his debut as the third esquire in Parsifal, shrugged, and made silly faces at each other. We shouldn't have, he was really good! (Admittedly, they were amplified for this). The tone is nice, the high C is secure, he sings French really nicely, and best of all, the passagio is super smooth.

    1. "La donna e mobile"
    2. "Ah mes amis"
    3. "Je crois entendre encore" - this wasn't quite up to the same standards as the others, he took a couple breaths a word or two early, which broke the line ("O nuit enchanteresse divin // ravissement")
    4. Cherry Duet from L'Amico Fritz
    5. "Au mont Ida" - this was really great
    6. "Che gelida manina" to the end of the scene - it looked like Susanna Phillips maybe intended to stand-and-sing it, and Nekoranec surprised her when he offered his hand, led her to a chair, and started singing as he took off his suit jacket and put it around her shoulders.
    7. "Granada" as an encore, which he introduced by saying "Probably it would be better to sing 'New York, New York' haha. My coworker's (Mexican) husband says his Spanish was sharp, really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    TBH anything that makes opera visible is fine. Might distract public attention from the crooning Welsh Barbie so they can hear quality singing
    I'm sure Luiz would approve -- he's probably hoping La Bellissima acquires one like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    I love this shade of green! If I found a nice dress in this color, I would definitely buy it and wear it, revealing or no....
    quite.


    ditto.

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    My goodness... who wasn't completely blown away by that Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize?

    I almost want to buy a ticket to UlongBator straight away and go walk abouts on the plains of Mongolia...

    absolutely fabulous performance and well deserved winner!

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    post script..

    it was a joint win, for the first time in the competition history and a tiphat to Catriona too... I shall keep a close eye on her developments too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
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    "My voice is up here."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    "My voice is up here."


    A friend of mine said he didn't know where to look!

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    That was a good final. I favoured Louise, Kang and Catriona; perhaps Kang a little more because of the last piece and Catriona a little less because of diction but an excellent result nonetheless. I was a little disappointed that the Ganbataar performance wasn't the mind blowing performance of the night before in the song prize final (I get teary eyed just remembering it) but I saved that to the hard drive as soon as I heard it so will no doubt go back to it in the future!

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    It's hard to top the couture and cleavage discussions. Velvet crushes too easily. Anyway....

    All of my classmates in German class are working toward certificates - certificates verifying competence in German are required both by employers and for entry into University. I am the only plodder who doesn't worry about such things. One element of the "Prüfung" is an extemporaneous monologue. I kind of was yawning my way thru our teacher's (Katya) explanation of what is involved with the monologue - not dissimilar to a presentation one might give at work, but without notes, when she told us the class was going to practice.

    I was given my topic - Handel - and had to speak for one minute about Handel in German (ganz auf Deutsch). I thought you guys would do much better on the subject, but I did earn a round of applause.

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    I would have liked to have heard that. In another world where I speak German of course.

    Did it include "Handel was naturalized as a British citizen by the King himself. That would be George of Hanover..."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I would have liked to have heard that. In another world where I speak German of course.

    Did it include "Handel was naturalized as a British citizen by the King himself. That would be George of Hanover..."?
    So one German naturalized another German as a British citizen . . . ?

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