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    I stand corrected -- what Opernwelt has published are actually excerpts from his latest book.

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    Woah! Is that Vogue's British edition? The local magazine shop carries lots of overseas publications, and I definitely want to buy a copy of this issue!

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    Someone's favorite tenor (or one of her favorite tenors) is the cover boy for the April issue of Das Opernglas.



    Initials are KFV . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Woah! Is that Vogue's British edition? The local magazine shop carries lots of overseas publications, and I definitely want to buy a copy of this issue!
    Russian Vogue apparently.

    Link.
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    Les trois mousquetaires du chant

    You'll need to translate from French
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Russian Vogue apparently.

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    That version I'm afraid Fountain News doesn't carry -- not that I could read it, anyway.

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    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Don't need to, I was there.

    PS don't drink the gin; it's muck

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    For some reason, I was thinking about the recent concert production of Der Rosenkavalier that was so wonderful, and then tried to figure out why it was so much more powerful than the Met production I saw 30-some years ago, and why. Aside from my being much older now (which provides important added perspective), a major difference was the creation of super titles sometime in the intervening period.

    Years ago, when there were no super titles, the program synopses were all one had to follow the stage action - which worked ok to a point, but the sung dialogue, especially (though not only), in Wagner and Strauss, was critical to really understanding and appreciating the operas. When I saw the Met's Rosenkavalier, in the early 1980s, the production was done in very formal 18th century style and, while it was beautifully cast (let's see: Elisabeth Söderstrom/Marschallin; Frederica von Stade/Octavian; Kathleen Battle/Sophie; Aage Haugland/Ochs), the emotional content of the opera was nearly inaccessible by not being able to understand the dialogue. It's not that the dialogue is especially profound, but put into context with the music, Strauss' genius really shines through.

    There was some controversy when super titles were first added in opera houses, as they were totally counter to tradition and thought to be too distracting. I don't know whether they ultimately helped build any further audience for opera as an art form, but they were brilliant in how much they added to appreciation. I think they are taken for granted these days, and people may not realize how much they add to their ability to appreciate what they are seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    There was some controversy when super titles were first added in opera houses, as they were totally counter to tradition and thought to be too distracting. I don't know whether they ultimately helped build any further audience for opera as an art form, but they were brilliant in how much they added to appreciation. I think they are taken for granted these days, and people may not realize how much they add to their ability to appreciate what they are seeing.
    One more reason to say thank you to Canada, as well as for Gerald Finley, Karina Kauvin, Nathan Berg, Marie Nicole Lemieux, Barbara Hannigan, Nancy Argenta, Teresa Statas, John Vickers, John Relyea, Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Joseph Kaiser, Roberson Davies and Margaret Atwood. (Yes I know the latter two are not opera singers, but they are two of my faovurite authors).
    Natalie

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    It seems there may be another man in La Bellissima's life. A recent issue of a (non-opera) German magazine had a photo of her and the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov smooching on a street corner in Vienna, along with a small blurb claiming the two are now an item. I did a little checking online, and it seems that the rumors about romantic involvement between the two really picked up steam when Mr. Eyvazov recently changed his status to "engaged" on his Facebook page. Well, if he is, Anna is not the bride-to-be, says her publicist. In any event, the tenor did sing Des Grieux in the Rome Opera production of [I]Manon Lescaut[/I ]in which she made her role debut as Puccini's Manon.

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    According to Sean, her publicist, they are not engaged.

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    Apparently what happened is that his Facebook page, in Italian, included the word fidanzato which apparently in everyday Italian usually means simply in a relationship, but in the English version of the page, it got translated as engaged - which indeed is the literal translation but not accurate when the everyday language is concerned. So it's simply a translation error. Being in a relationship does not mean being engaged.

    Mario, do you confirm this, from the Italian language standpoint?

    We'll see how this story develops.
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    OK, so, Mario kindly confirmed to me by PM that this is probably what happened:

    "In the nowadays newspaper language fidanzamento is used as "dating" meaning that they "escono insieme" o "stanno insieme" in a bit ironic way. They don't mean that one is supposed to marry the other in the future, but the use of the word is ironic."

    "If I read that "Anna Netrebko" is "fidanzata" with, i don't know, Gregory Kunde, I think that they have a love affair, but this doesn't necessarily mean that they wanted to marry in the near future."
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Actually, we have a rather similar situation in English now as well. Many individuals will refer to their Significant Other as a "fiancé" or "fiancée" when no actual date for a wedding has been set, and no nuptial arrangements of any sort have been made.

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