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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    No, I did not. I meant those ... external bouncy things.
    Oh, I see. External bouncy things. Like these?

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    Yes, just like those. Only bigger.

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    So changing the subject and allowing Luiz to regain some composure, sospiro and I had a nice coffee and walk in St James Park yesterday and in the evening attended a simply wonderful semi-staged performance of Il Ritorno D'Ulisse at the Barbican, with Ian Bostridge in the title role sounding utterly splendid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    So changing the subject and allowing Luiz to regain some composure, sospiro and I had a nice coffee and walk in St James Park yesterday and in the evening attended a simply wonderful semi-staged performance of Il Ritorno D'Ulisse at the Barbican, with Ian Bostridge in the title role sounding utterly splendid.
    (sigh!) Just when the conversation was getting interesting ...

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    Came across this crazy video of a parrot imitating Pavarotti:



    That bird actually has some pretty strong high notes . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Came across this crazy video of a parrot imitating Pavarotti:



    That bird actually has some pretty strong high notes . . .
    Haha! Brill.
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    I'd rather see a concert with the parrot than Andrea Bocelli as the parrot is actually entertaining when it tries to imitate opera singers in comparison to just being a bit bad.

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    There is a modern opera house being built in Taipei, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, which is not only very sexy looking but has several interesting ideas about the design. It is nice to hear about new and exciting ventures in the opera world.

    http://aasarchitecture.com/2014/08/t...-toyo-ito.html

    http://www.npac-ntt.org/learn_about-photo.aspx

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    The Met site has some interesting clips from the current season. I found the two, one with Sondra Radvanovsky, the second with Jamie Barton, from Anna Bolena to be splendidly well sung, although Barton's size makes her an unbelievable Jane Seymour. But vocally the real deal!

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    Here is something I had not seen before. According to this article (p. 239):

    On the 23rd of May, 1814, the premiere of the definitive
    "Fidelio" (Beethoven himself had now accepted this appellation)
    took place with great applause, the Master conducting in person.
    As the new E-major overture was not ready in time, the Prome-
    theus overture was played. The E-major overture did not
    assume its place until after the second performance.
    I might have to put the Prometheus overture in to a folder and play the opera that way just to get a feel for what that first 1804 performance might have been like.

    EDIT: I should add that I was aware the Fidelio overture was not ready in time, but was under the impression he went with one of the Leonore overtures. The Prometheus is short, like the Fidelio, so in that respect would fit.
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    A DVD of a regie production of Dialogues des Carmélites has been banned by a French court. Rather an extreme reaction but who knows where this could lead.
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    I am curious to know why. Does anyone know anything about this production?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I am curious to know why. Does anyone know anything about this production?
    It's strange that the family didn't do anything about the production when it was staged in 2010 (maybe they did and we didn't hear about it)

    I ran the article through Google translate and it says

    " While in the original work are the Carmelites guillotined one by one, Chernyakov had chosen to show Blanche sacrificing and saving his fellow Jews." (sic)

    The comments on here offer some explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    It's strange that the family didn't do anything about the production when it was staged in 2010 (maybe they did and we didn't hear about it)

    I ran the article through Google translate and it says

    " While in the original work are the Carmelites guillotined one by one, Chernyakov had chosen to show Blanche sacrificing and saving his fellow Jews." (sic)

    The comments on here offer some explanation.
    Oh I see. I think I might have a vague recollection lodged somewhere amongst the cobwebs...

    Putting the subject of censorship aside, I wonder why there is need to "update" (or commit regie cide) with an opera like this? It is a modern opera.

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    Oh I see (part 2). It is about artistic control rather than censorship.

    A little ironic since Poulenc wanted it to be performed in different languages so the story could be related better

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