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    Carmina Burana at the train station in Vienna


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    two new chamber operas for philadelphia this week, one premiere called "Slaying the Dragon" from a low-budget troupe, and the second run of Nico Muhly's "Dark Sisters" at the Kimmel Center.

    Nico Muhly is about as modern as a hipster from juilliard, and he's just about the most avant-garde event in recent Philadelphian history. Not that I'd know anything about it, because I'm protesting higher culture by not paying 60 dollars for the cheapest - sorry - "least expensive" seats. Maybe I'm in a bad mood, but it just seems silly to have the adventurous programming of philly's opera company with the prices that lock out everyone but adventure-loathing senior citizens.

    Surely, I can support the lower budget troupe with their lower-brow effort. ... ... ... except they're 60 bucks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanGesamtkunstwerk View Post
    two new chamber operas for philadelphia this week, one premiere called "Slaying the Dragon" from a low-budget troupe, and the second run of Nico Muhly's "Dark Sisters" at the Kimmel Center.

    Nico Muhly is about as modern as a hipster from juilliard, and he's just about the most avant-garde event in recent Philadelphian history. Not that I'd know anything about it, because I'm protesting higher culture by not paying 60 dollars for the cheapest - sorry - "least expensive" seats. Maybe I'm in a bad mood, but it just seems silly to have the adventurous programming of philly's opera company with the prices that lock out everyone but adventure-loathing senior citizens.

    Surely, I can support the lower budget troupe with their lower-brow effort. ... ... ... except they're 60 bucks too.
    Not sure what your simile means ... but it's a shame it's so expensive. They're not going to encourage the young (& the poverty stricken) to go.
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    I posted in the "How as your day?" thread that the performance of Parsifal last night was astounding. Im going to see it again on the 25th and will write a proper review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    I posted in the "How as your day?" thread that the performance of Parsifal last night was astounding. Im going to see it again on the 25th and will write a proper review.
    I'm sure you'll enjoy it even more second time around. Look forward to reading it!
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    I've just read surprising opinion elsewhere:

    The Don Giovanni epilogue is one of the most terrifying scenes of opera. After the death of Don Giovanni, the characters return to the ordinary and the banal
    What? I never seen it that way. When Donnas and Dons enter after Giovanni is gone I never felt anything like suggested here. This ending is rather natural, as the whole opera is "dramma giosco" by intention. Do I miss something?

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    A ramble with Simon Keenlyside.
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    Interesting vid for you. Personally, I like it.


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    The Munich Ring looks really exciting! I do hope there will be a DVD.
    Last edited by Aksel; July 13th, 2012 at 08:20 PM. Reason: DAMN YOU, ENGLISH LANGUAGE!

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    Agree, that was brilliant. The rhinemaidens appeared out of the watery crowd as if by magic...

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    *Our* Leah Crocetto is going to sing Desdemona at La Fenice:

    http://www.teatrolafenice.it/dettagl...Spettacolo=617

    Funny thing is Gregory Kunde will sing Otello.... This must be one of those rare occasions that one tenor have sung both Rossini's and Verdi's Otello.

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    You gotta go! Don't miss the pleasure of seeing Leah on stage! I'll have it tonight for the second time, and I can't wait!
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    One year ago, I would've most probably go.

    Regrettably, I'm in a much more restricted agenda, those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    *Our* Leah Crocetto is going to sing Desdemona at La Fenice:

    http://www.teatrolafenice.it/dettagl...Spettacolo=617

    Funny thing is Gregory Kunde will sing Otello.... This must be one of those rare occasions that one tenor have sung both Rossini's and Verdi's Otello.
    This seems to tie in with Roberto Alagna's assertion that Verdi's Otello can be sung by a lyric tenor; that casting the role with dramatic tenors was a trend that began in the mid/late 20th century. Unless his voice has undergone some vast change of which I'm unaware, Kunde is definitely a lyric tenor.

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    Well, Verdi's Otello *is* written for a dramatic tenor. It was first sung by Tamagno, but also by Hermann Winkelmann (the first Parsifal), Giovanni de Negri, Giuseppe Borgatti or Antonio Paoli, all of them quite dramatic voices, well before the mid 20th century.

    But yes, Kunde is not a dramatic, or even a spinto, tenor at all. So it would be an interesting performance.

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