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    Just wanted to point out to those in the US that the Met summer encore performance of Bizet's Carmen with Elīna Garanča is tonight at 7pm in select theaters:

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    In the US, the Met's Live in HD production of Les Troyens is coming to your local PBS station on June 30th and Maria Stuarda will be on July 14th.

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    Who said opera wasn't romantic? (actually I don't think ANYONE's ever said that, but still.....)

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    Well, maybe one or two people out there do think Opera is too Romantic...

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    This is a scene from the Bavarian State Opera's new production of Il Trovatore, which has its opening performance today. This shot is from a dress (or undress?) rehearsal, and according to Jonas Kaufmann's unofficial web site, the eldery woman in her birthday suit is supposed to be Manrico's granny who was (according to the libretto) burned at the stake. As the web site owner suggests, one's clothes probably burn up first! (Azucena herself looks awfully young to be Manrico's mama.) In this production, Leonora is blind and wears dark glasses at least part of the time. I'll be curious to read the reviews and find out what the Regisseur's explanation for all of this is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    This is a scene from the Bavarian State Opera's new production of Il Trovatore, which has its opening performance today. This shot is from a dress (or undress?) rehearsal, and according to Jonas Kaufmann's unofficial web site, the eldery woman in her birthday suit is supposed to be Manrico's granny who was (according to the libretto) burned at the stake. As the web site owner suggests, one's clothes probably burn up first! (Azucena herself looks awfully young to be Manrico's mama.) In this production, Leonora is blind and wears dark glasses at least part of the time. I'll be curious to read the reviews and find out what the Regisseur's explanation for all of this is.
    Lost for words .......

    Someone has said that JK brought Olivier Py out for curtain call & was booed. Py that is not JK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Lost for words .......

    Someone has said that JK brought Olivier Py out for curtain call & was booed. Py that is not JK.
    Still these people get hired over and over. I wonder when the public will start reacting by not buying tickets instead of just booing so that this nonsense ends.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Still these people get hired over and over. I wonder when the public will start reacting by not buying tickets instead of just booing so that this nonsense ends.
    Yes, too many directors are faking creativity and getting away with it.

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    Would love to have a Kaufmann sung Trovatore DVD, that doesn't look like what I had in mind....

    Plus it has that "too much black" look I don't like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Still these people get hired over and over. I wonder when the public will start reacting by not buying tickets instead of just booing so that this nonsense ends.
    And yet this is the same Olivier Py whose staging of Lulu you found "quite compelling and a good match for this opera . . . I liked it a lot."

    Now you want to put him out of work entirely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    And yet this is the same Olivier Py whose staging of Lulu you found "quite compelling and a good match for this opera . . . I liked it a lot."

    Now you want to put him out of work entirely?
    Hmm...guilty as charged. I guess in my defense I must say that when the skin being displayed is that of gorgeous Patricia Petibon rather than that of an octogenarian, I get a bit more favorable to the production.

    I did say this, though:

    "A hardcore porn movie with a close-up of genitals engaged in real sex acts is projected back stage, blurry but still quite visible. Okaaay... we're definitely moving into Eurotrash territory here. This is a bit much. Triple X Lulu. And I though I had seen it all, in terms of operatic stagings! This goes on for a long time, and certainly Mr. Py achieves his objective of making the audience uncomfortable."

    And this:

    "What I found excessive was the over-aggressive sexuality. Granted, it's the topic of the opera, but a hardcore movie was a bit much."
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    Fair enough. I didn't mean to imply you loved that Lulu without reservations.

    Still, it seems a bit much to suggest a director shouldn't work any more, when you've been able to derive some real enjoyment from at least one of his productions.

    Who knows what you might miss out on in the future?
    Last edited by Amfortas; June 28th, 2013 at 04:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Would love to have a Kaufmann sung Trovatore DVD, that doesn't look like what I had in mind....

    Plus it has that "too much black" look I don't like
    It doesn't look as though this staging would be to my tastes, either, but if a video is released, I'm buying. The Kaufmann-Harteros combination is one I can't pass up.

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