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    OK, I will try to do my best. Although I probably wouldn't be able to talk much about the orchestra and conducting in detail. I don't know enough about pacing and conducting at this point to really critique it objectively.
    But hey, at least I will be able to tell the Habanera and Flower Song apart. James Oestreich, I am looking at you.
    Kind of foaming at the mouth right now in anticipation for tomorrow's Figaro.

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    In the pdf of the libretto of Rigoletto from EMI's website POSSENTE AMOR MI CHIAMA is cut. It left me dazed and confused for a few minutes. It jumps straight from the courtiers telling the tale of their kidnapping of Gilda to "Povero Rigoletto" and Rigoletto's entrance.

    There must be a (secret, trivial) reason for this. I must find out why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    In the pdf of the libretto of Rigoletto from EMI's website POSSENTE AMOR MI CHIAMA is cut. It left me dazed and confused for a few minutes. It jumps straight from the courtiers telling the tale of their kidnapping of Gilda to "Povero Rigoletto" and Rigoletto's entrance.

    There must be a (secret, trivial) reason for this. I must find out why.
    Probably because whatever EMI recording of Rigoletto that libretto came with cut that part of the opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    In the pdf of the libretto of Rigoletto from EMI's website POSSENTE AMOR MI CHIAMA is cut. It left me dazed and confused for a few minutes. It jumps straight from the courtiers telling the tale of their kidnapping of Gilda to "Povero Rigoletto" and Rigoletto's entrance.

    There must be a (secret, trivial) reason for this. I must find out why.
    It's often cut. Bergonzi skipped it in at least two of his recorded performances of Rigoletto. Too bad, it's true highlight.

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    ANGELA GHEORGHIU as Tosca, MASSIMO GIORDANO as Cavaradossi, worth seeing?

    Also, how important is seating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    ANGELA GHEORGHIU as Tosca, MASSIMO GIORDANO as Cavaradossi, worth seeing?

    Also, how important is seating?
    I know she's not everyone's favourite but I like Gheorghiu. Have never seen Giordano.

    Is it the Jonathan Kent production?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I know she's not everyone's favourite but I like Gheorghiu. Have never seen Giordano.

    Is it the Jonathan Kent production?

    I'm not sure. The costumes in the promotion pictures look similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    I'm not sure. The costumes in the promotion pictures look similar.
    Yes the pictures look similar but it's a different director, Jose Maria Condemi not Kent, so I'm not sure either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    I'm not sure. The costumes in the promotion pictures look similar.
    Without knowing anything about the production being discussed, I'm just offering these general points, which therefore I don't know if they apply to this situation or not, but for what it's worth:

    Often promotion pictures will be established before there is a dress rehearsal so they use pictures from different productions since they don't have the ones for the current production yet. I've solicited production pictures from companies to illustrate articles announcing a new production, and have received pictures they got - under authorization - from other similar but not identical productions. Then closer to the date they re-send me proper production pictures from dress rehearsals with the right costumes. So, indeed, the promotion pictures don't prove the idea that they are the same production. A different stage director's name almost guarantees that they are not the same production, although in the case of revivals and rented productions, there's been cases of changed director although usually they'll credit the original one, and quote the current one as assistant director.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    CBS profiles Met in HD

    I think they showed this on Saturday. Of course, I wouldn't know since I still didn't have power at that time. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134467n

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    Question for opera fans, what's the protocol for giving presents to an opera singer you are a fan of?
    What are appropriate presents to give? Are flowers OK or would that be too much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Question for opera fans, what's the protocol for giving presents to an opera singer you are a fan of?
    What are appropriate presents to give? Are flowers OK or would that be too much?
    Keep it light on the live animals side of things.

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    If you bring flowers, you'll come off as dangerous psycho-fan and the singer will call the security to throw you out. What's more in good taste is to present the singer with sack of of cotoneaster or with siphon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Question for opera fans, what's the protocol for giving presents to an opera singer you are a fan of?
    What are appropriate presents to give? Are flowers OK or would that be too much?
    I think flowers are a very unexceptionable gift. Go for it.
    Natalie

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    Anna Netrebko said she truly likes flowers. I've also used boxes of fine artisanal chocolate.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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