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    Tcherniakov Onegin which seemed to be a Bolshoi...

    Tcherniakov Onegin which seemed to be a Bolshoi guest performance in Paris?

    Musically, very satisfying, and it looks pretty, but the "whole thing indoors" concept doesn't always work. It's...
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    Oh, Leaf Magic Onegin. Perfection. Tatiana is...

    Oh, Leaf Magic Onegin. Perfection.

    Tatiana is lucky with Gremin - he may be older but he's a kind, loving bass who respects her. Why give that up for a mentally unstable baritone who has a...
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    After nearly a week and a refreshing Don Giovanni...

    After nearly a week and a refreshing Don Giovanni break, I finished the Kupfer Ring. The production is ok - I still prefer both the Chéreau and the Copenhagen - but it has a much better Siegfried...
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    https://prodimage.images-bn.com/pimages/0032031475...

    https://prodimage.images-bn.com/pimages/0032031475571_p0_v1_s550x406.jpg

    Currently on Walküre. I wanted to see this production for a long time, looks pretty tame compared to some more recent Rings...
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    Il trovatore (Scala 2014) - couldn't find a cover...

    Il trovatore (Scala 2014) - couldn't find a cover photo

    This is a classic case of a very pretty production with zero Personenregie. There are a few nice touches, but it desperately needs someone...
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    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7...

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71u8Go1yr8L._SY445_.jpg

    The production can be kind of funny sometimes (those Obviously Painted sets, oh my god :biggrin:), but singing-wise, this...
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    Watched the ROH Don Giovanni livestream yesterday...

    Watched the ROH Don Giovanni livestream yesterday - excellent cast, a rather heartbreaking twist, and moderate headache from the projections/lighting effects. Also: can Holten stop dressing baritone...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LME3pH3tckU&t=1s...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LME3pH3tckU&t=1s

    Watched this livestream yesterday, it will be up for a while.

    Really good cast. They encored the sextet.
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    Claggart gets a pass because he has a really...

    Claggart gets a pass because he has a really awesome aria but he kind of had it comin'
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    Ping, Pang and Pong in Turandot. When I listen, I...

    Ping, Pang and Pong in Turandot. When I listen, I always skip their endless trio. Their role (trying to talk Calaf out of it) could have been filled by just the Mandarin. Not that Calaf isn't...
  11. Gremin is only old in the opera though - in the...

    Gremin is only old in the opera though - in the original he seems to be in his 30s or so. Besides, basses are powerful :D

    I'm still waiting for a Star Wars Parsifal with the Grail Knights as Jedi...
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    - that otherwise-perfect Met Don Carlo where...

    - that otherwise-perfect Met Don Carlo where Louis Quilico is just awful. I want to know a) who allowed him in the Met and b) why didn't they get Milnes

    - Ruggero Raimondi in pretty much...
  13. What do you imagine happens to surviving characters after the opera ends?

    A lot of operas end in a dramatic moment but with some main characters are still alive - what do you think is in store for them?


    - I like to think Enrico is screwed - he's in a bigger trouble...
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    My 13 changed a bit recently so 1. Don...

    My 13 changed a bit recently so


    1. Don Giovanni
    2. Billy Budd
    3. Don Carlo
    4. The Ring
    5. Il trovatore
    6. La forza del destino
    7. Un ballo in maschera
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    Sticky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syBcCdekDDs ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syBcCdekDDs

    Also: the Carlo/Rodrigo chemistry is off the charts
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    Sticky: There is also an old German Don Carlos with some...

    There is also an old German Don Carlos with some really good cast, except half of them sound like they are doing Wagner, Talvela is 30-something Inquisitor and towers over everyone, and...
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    Sticky: I have fallen in love with I masnadieri, to the...

    I have fallen in love with I masnadieri, to the point where I want to go to Vienna this autumn, even though it will be in the Volksoper (Verdi! in German! but since it's also Schiller it's kind of...
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    Watched I masnadieri (from Naples). I'm in love!...

    Watched I masnadieri (from Naples). I'm in love! The music is really beautiful, and the villain steals the show.
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    Watched this super old movie version of La forza...

    Watched this super old movie version of La forza del destino:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041385/

    It's heavily abridged and the narrator often won't shut up, but it has some nice things, like...
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    Now what could that possibly be? :laugh4: ...

    Now what could that possibly be? :laugh4:

    https://78.media.tumblr.com/9a2706bd87903ad1e7876680ea8a8fac/tumblr_p7g2f5eA6w1qk1l13o8_r1_500.gif
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    Nah, I live too far from the UK. Vienna is the...

    Nah, I live too far from the UK. Vienna is the only big house nearby (about an hour with car). Let's hope for a HD broadcast.
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    Sticky: How does Tatiana resist? I'd run away with this...

    How does Tatiana resist? I'd run away with this Onegin, consequences be damned :D
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    Sticky: Yeah, that was the one I saw first - it didn't...

    Yeah, that was the one I saw first - it didn't help that Stoyanova was old as balls. Simon is excellent, but he's a bit too British and too nice to be convincing as Onegin. Breslik is a perfect...
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    Sticky: I'm watching my second production of Onegin - my...

    I'm watching my second production of Onegin - my first one was the London version with the weird dancer doubles - and NOW I get it. It's the 2007 Met version and it's pure magic. I'm in love. I...
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    Sticky: I liked it a lot - it added some interesting...

    I liked it a lot - it added some interesting twists while keeping it pretty and period (although 19th century rather than late 1600s-ish). I felt like the characters were more relatable and complex...
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