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    I thought it was going to be soprano, tenor, baritone and bass too.

    I would have liked a countertenor episode as well.

    I wanted to know if it hurts when they sing/do they talk like that etcetera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I thought it was going to be soprano, tenor, baritone and bass too.

    I would have liked a countertenor episode as well.

    I wanted to know if it hurts when they sing/do they talk like that etcetera
    10 problems only countertenors understand

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    BBC4 Pappano's Classical Voices series
    prog 1 - soprano
    prog 2 - tenor
    prog 3 - mezzo soprano
    prog 4 - bass and baritone lumped together and no doubt as a bloody afterthought!

    There are only four programmes in the series and I thought great, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass. But no, typical of the Cult of the Soprano - it gets TWO episodes.

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    Well . . . you *could* say it's two for the women, two for the men . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post


    Well . . . you *could* say it's two for the women, two for the men . . .
    You may well hide behind that door!! On yer bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    BBC4 Pappano's Classical Voices series
    prog 1 - soprano
    prog 2 - tenor
    prog 3 - mezzo soprano
    prog 4 - bass and baritone lumped together and no doubt as a bloody afterthought!

    There are only four programmes in the series and I thought great, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass. But no, typical of the Cult of the Soprano - it gets TWO episodes.

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    I think Pappano is a soprano based on this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    In the case of an a cappella opera, probably not, and, unless Samuel Beckett also was a librettist, and Breath an opera, I don't think so in the second case, either. But then, wordless would likely defeat the purpose.

    However, I defer to Luiz' greater knowledge to answer your question.
    There is one that I know of which Schigolch has mentioned in the Modern and Contemporary Opera thread (I didn't particularly like the little bit that I heard though)

    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    One of the many different ways to compose an opera, it's not to use an orchestra. In fact, not to use any instrument at all, beyond the human voice. A great example is Rodion Shchedrin's Boyarina Morozova, but here below we can hear the work of American composer Michael Ching, A Midsummer Night's Dream:

    I do like Shchedrin as a composer but I haven't actually heard that one which is mentioned.

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    I just picked this up on an amazon opera discussion thing: Elina Garanca has suspended her career to care for her mother who has been diagnosed with advanced cancer. I have not been able to verify this one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    I just picked this up on an amazon opera discussion thing: Elina Garanca has suspended her career to care for her mother who has been diagnosed with advanced cancer. I have not been able to verify this one yet.
    I read the same story here but this site has been wrong in the past.

    It erroneously announced the death of Nicolai Gedda.
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    Very sad if true, but I appreciate the caution you both have shown in relaying the information.

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    It has also now been reported on the Radio Salzburg site

    http://salzburg.orf.at/news/stories/2721316/

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    Poor Elina, I feel sad for her. If the situation is truly desperate I hope her mother gets good palliative care and passes away peacefully. This is even harder on Elina because her mother is also her voice teacher.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); July 16th, 2015 at 04:08 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    2) Are there any wordless operas (pantomime perhaps)?
    There is a chamber "whisper opera" by David Lang, aptly named... "The Whisper Opera."

    It premiered in NYC at the Mostly Mozart festival of 2013. The one character spends the whole time humming chants and whispering cryptic sentence fragments and phrases. It's scored for four instrumentalists playing cello, percurssion, flute, and clarinet.
    "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 Florestan View Post
    2) Are there any wordless operas (pantomime perhaps)?
    I wonder if Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures by Ligeti would count. I have a feeling they are intended as 'anti-operas' whatever is meant by that!

    In the end, they are very short stage works for singers and musicians, the singers (singing only nonsense syllables) represent certain archetypes and the story is meant to be interpreted by the director. These works are, I suppose, the only case ever where regietheatre would really be the only wise option for a successful interpretation!

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    One of Covent Garden's best-loved productions of La bohème bows out after 41 years.



    Pamela Binns, 84, has been in it from the start.
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    A scene from one of the rehearsals of the Salzburg Festival's new production of Fidelio. Based on interviews with Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore) and der Jonas (Florestan), it appears this will be an unconventional staging (though with Claus Guth directing, it's not likely to be otherwise), with the dialogue evidently pre-recorded and then inserted during the performance, along with what have now become almost ubiquitous video projections. As the opening performance on 4 August will be televised, I'm hoping there will eventually be a DVD release. Because some of us can't have too many Fidelios, and especially Fidelios with der Jonas.

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