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    Yes, the DVD with Kaufmann is of the opera's original 1913 version. This is the 1916 revision that is normally performed. So I'm hoping there will be a CD recording so that we can have Kaufmann's Tenor/Bacchus in the standard version. (And I don't think there are any recordings of the opera with Harteros' Prima Donna/Ariadne currently available.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Yes, the DVD with Kaufmann is of the opera's original 1913 version. This is the 1916 revision that is normally performed. So I'm hoping there will be a CD recording so that we can have Kaufmann's Tenor/Bacchus in the standard version. (And I don't think there are any recordings of the opera with Harteros' Prima Donna/Ariadne currently available.)
    I have quite a fondness for the prologue in the 1916 version actually, so I do hope this gets released on CD.
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    I am curious if anyone here saw the Met La Donna Del Lago, either on stage or visa HD simulcast? It is being released on Blu ray by Presto Classical in mid November, so my sense of "instant need gratification" has been frustrated. Reviews were good. Was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    I am curious if anyone here saw the Met La Donna Del Lago, either on stage or visa HD simulcast? It is being released on Blu ray by Presto Classical in mid November, so my sense of "instant need gratification" has been frustrated. Reviews were good. Was it?
    I saw it on YT - very straightforward production with some great singing from Barcellona and DiDonato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    I am curious if anyone here saw the Met La Donna Del Lago, either on stage or visa HD simulcast? It is being released on Blu ray by Presto Classical in mid November, so my sense of "instant need gratification" has been frustrated. Reviews were good. Was it?
    I saw the same production with most of the same singers (including JDD, Barcellona, and Larry Brownlee) live in Santa Fe a couple of years ago. I loved it. The production itself like Natalie said is straightforward (it was helped by the Santa Fe mountains in the open-air theater, which did not happen at the Met, of course), but the singing was superb.
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    I saw it in NY in February. It's a wonderful opera, not done very often, and with a great cast. The production itself is ok - I'm sure it played better in Santa Fe because of its outdoor theater than at the Met, but it served the purpose. Overall, I was taken aback that the voices were on the small side - the orchestra was carefully controlled so that the principals did not have to project over the orchestra. The singing, while more diminished than I'm used to in the opera house, was glorious.

    I also would guess that the sound will be opportune on the DVD.

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    One for the boss

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    One for the boss

    Woman are you MAD??? When Luiz gets a glimpse of all that shakin', he's gonna be in the ER!!

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    A query about critics. Do they actually attend performances they review or do they sometimes just make it up? I recently read a review and from the accompanying photograph it looked like the reviewer did attend. As did yours truly (in striped top on front row). There had been several cast changes before the performances but the reviewer wrote as if the original cast members had been singing.

    My French isn't very good so I ran the review through Google translate " ... British mezzo Christine Rice, who has it all: the tone, expression, technique, emotion and silhouette." " ... James Cresswell brings humanity and warmth to shepherd Eumete."

    In Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, several weeks before the performance, it had been announced that Barbara Kozelj would replace Christine Rice in the role of Penelope and that Christopher Gillett would sing Eumete. Both names were printed correctly in the programme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    A query about critics. Do they actually attend performances they review or do they sometimes just make it up? I recently read a review and from the accompanying photograph it looked like the reviewer did attend. As did yours truly (in striped top on front row). There had been several cast changes before the performances but the reviewer wrote as if the original cast members had been singing.

    My French isn't very good so I ran the review through Google translate " ... British mezzo Christine Rice, who has it all: the tone, expression, technique, emotion and silhouette." " ... James Cresswell brings humanity and warmth to shepherd Eumete."

    In Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, several weeks before the performance, it had been announced that Barbara Kozelj would replace Christine Rice in the role of Penelope and that Christopher Gillett would sing Eumete. Both names were printed correctly in the programme.
    LOL, this is very funny. Most likely the critic had pre-prepared the piece and forgot to update it. You should write to the editor of this online magazine.

    Hey, we on Opera Lively certainly don't do that. We do attend our performances and hopefully get the name of the artists right. I guess not everybody has our standards, LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Woman are you MAD??? When Luiz gets a glimpse of all that shakin', he's gonna be in the ER!!
    Well, I missed it. Looks like the video has been removed. What was 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Well, I missed it. Looks like the video has been removed. What was it?
    Anna Netrebko doing the Dance of the Seven Veils.

    All seven of them.

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    And ... and shaking her body parts ... quite energetically!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    And ... and shaking her body parts ... quite energetically!!!
    Where is my hypertension medication?
    Oh wait, I'm sure that by body parts, you mean her vocal cords, right?
    "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
    Where is my hypertension medication?
    Oh wait, I'm sure that by body parts, you mean her vocal cords, right?
    No, I did not. I meant those ... external bouncy things.

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