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    And:

    "As a countertenor, you’re reconciled to the fact that people will be consistently, ludicrously amazed when you start singing."

    Yes. I've seen that a few times.
    Natalie

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    Spotted in Lyon. This year's opera festival is les jardins mystérieux.

    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    A day in the life of the orchestra pit.

    First time I looked into the pit I was surprised by how scruffy it was. I expected it to be all posh and shiny but being painted matte black makes sense of course - it shouldn't reflect any unnecessary light.
    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    A day in the life of the orchestra pit.

    First time I looked into the pit I was surprised by how scruffy it was. I expected it to be all posh and shiny but being painted matte black makes sense of course - it shouldn't reflect any unnecessary light.
    Twenty years ago I used to drink with violin no.3 in the cafe des amis du vin. He (and a few others) was there for a couple before the start, in the interval and straight after (which was more than a couple).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Twenty years ago I used to drink with violin no.3 in the cafe des amis du vin. He (and a few others) was there for a couple before the start, in the interval and straight after (which was more than a couple).
    Haha! Love it. Surprised they could play in a straight line.

    This was 10 minutes before curtain up in Lyon. I think the orchestra were still in Le Pub.

    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Maybe this is the answer to the question about synchrony problems that Luiz keeps picking up on!

    Hoffmann's opera attending regimen (Note: especially for Ring performances): Eat big lunch, ca. 2:00 pm; go home and take a nap; get up and go out for espresso, go to performance. When I break training, the results are predictable.

    If I do that as an audience, I shudder to think about the orchestra tossing down a few just before the curtain goes up.

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    The director of the Paris Opera doesn't seem to know much about opera: clicky
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The director of the Paris Opera doesn't seem to know much about opera: clicky
    LOL, I got all five; can I have his job?
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    LOL, I got all five; can I have his job?
    So did I, they weren't exactly obscure. Which makes it pretty shocking. He even had to think about Carmen!
    Natalie

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    I got four of the five -- I'm not familiar with the music from La Wally. But still, at least three of those operas are repertoire warhorses.

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    Do you guys all read Italian? Or, is just my lack of imagination that I couldn't find my way through the site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Do you guys all read Italian? Or, is just my lack of imagination that I couldn't find my way through the site?
    Just watch the video. Extracts from some operas are played and he has to identify them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I got four of the five -- I'm not familiar with the music from La Wally. But still, at least three of those operas are repertoire warhorses.
    Not a famous opera, but the aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" often appears on soprano recital discs and was also in the very famous film "Diva" by Jean-Jacques Beineix (which is where I first heard it). So he really could have recognised it.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Just watch the video. Extracts from some operas are played and he has to identify them...
    Actually, I only got one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Not a famous opera, but the aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" often appears on soprano recital discs and was also in the very famous film "Diva" by Jean-Jacques Beineix (which is where I first heard it). So he really could have recognised it.
    Yes, it's a very, very famous aria. Even though the opera itself is less known, the aria is super well known, so, no excuse for him for having missed it.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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