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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    OK, I'm soldiering on and reading "Who's my Bottom?"
    I definitely don't like this guy.....
    Perhaps another example of humour not crossing the Pond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Perhaps another example of humour not crossing the Pond?

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    Hehe, my thoughts exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Perhaps another example of humour not crossing the Pond?

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    I don't think I've failed to understand any of the anecdotes. I just don't find bodily functions as described by a grown man funny at all. Yep, human beings and animals fart and pee and poop. So what? Is that what "having an ear for anecdotes" is? There are a couple of half-funny moments (like the fat singer who was eating chips on a wheelchair) but bed-wetting funny? Whoa!

    I think that the "across the pound" humor difference is mostly lilnked to the Brits being more subtle and the Yanks more infantile and silly. Here it's kind of the other way around. This man's "humor" is not subtle at all.

    This review, although favorable, does get that it is mostly an angry melancholic rant. I find his comments about successful colleagues and conductors rather mean-spirited, envious, and inelegant. Sure, the book is useful to understand the business of opera, but like I said, it is not pleasant. It is actually pathetic. Like the saying goes, when Peter puts Paul down, we learn more about Peter than about Paul.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); May 3rd, 2012 at 02:12 PM.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    So much for British humour 'being subtle'....


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    Well, this *is* very funny! But see, it's him in New York City.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Came across this little item in a German magazine (but not an opera magazine): Apparently, an Anna Netrebko concert scheduled for June has been cancelled because too few tickets have been sold. The problem appears to be the 400 euro per-ticket price tag. I thought I'd spotted something on the Jonas Kaufmann unofficial web site about one of the Netrebko-Schrott-Kaufmann concerts being cancelled. Wonder if it's the same one -- and, if so, why this mag just mentions her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Came across this little item in a German magazine (but not an opera magazine): Apparently, an Anna Netrebko concert scheduled for June has been cancelled because too few tickets have been sold. The problem appears to be the 400 euro per-ticket price tag. I thought I'd spotted something on the Jonas Kaufmann unofficial web site about one of the Netrebko-Schrott-Kaufmann concerts being cancelled. Wonder if it's the same one -- and, if so, why this mag just mentions her.
    Yowza. That's pricey.

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    Hey, I'd pay 400 euro to see my Anna!!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Random interesting link for the curious: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Opera
    Only the positive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountessAdele View Post
    Random interesting link for the curious: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Opera
    Rather interesting article (for beginners), with some funny quotes and some smart ideas, obviously written by someone who does know the genre. Thanks for posting!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Wow! I got it too. I got the marketplace vendor offer, with shipping, for some $68, that's a bargain for this set! I do have a couple of them as single releases, but still, for this price, it's a great deal, I couldn't resist! Thanks for the link, AGKW!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I've chanegaa mt mund

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    so. Charles Dutoit playing a concert of Elektra Philadelphia Orch.

    apparently, a singer named Siegfried Jerusalem is involved. have you guys ever heard of him? apparently he's some big deal

    I am so excited.

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    You sure Sig's voice is still up to the task?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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