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  1. Thread: Streaming

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    Yeah. He is a really wonderful singer. He was...

    Yeah. He is a really wonderful singer. He was brilliant in The Tempest as well (and looks awfully good in tight, orange trousers, as exemplified by last year's Glyndebourne L'heure espagnole, which...
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    My feelings towards it are decidedly mixed...

    My feelings towards it are decidedly mixed (especially the libretto which is clunky and uneven at best), but I rather like it as well.
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    Well yes. He's a problem.

    Well yes. He's a problem.
  4. Thread: Streaming

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    It's Alek Shrader! But he is rather difficult to...

    It's Alek Shrader! But he is rather difficult to spot, due to the boobage that is spilling from that dress.
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    No. I don't know. For what it's worth, Boulezian...

    No. I don't know. For what it's worth, Boulezian hated it, I distinctly remember. Singing was good, though.
  6. Thread: News

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    Sticky: Indeed. We are both guilty of this (need I...

    Indeed. We are both guilty of this (need I mention the Oslo Bohéme, or even the Oslo Poppea?).



    I must have missed the memo. When did having silent bits without music become controversial...
  7. Thread: News

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    Sticky: The always excellent Boulezian weighs in with a...

    The always excellent Boulezian weighs in with a few very important points.
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    The Guth DG is my favourite. Excellently sung...

    The Guth DG is my favourite. Excellently sung (seriously. Worth it for Dorothea Röschmann's Donna Elvira alone) and a very interesting production.
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    I don't mind camp. Believe me, I don't. Using a...

    I don't mind camp. Believe me, I don't. Using a character's homosexuality (speaking of composer's intentions ...) to make cheap jokes I find kind of offensive.
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    I get awfully annoyed with super camp, OBVIOUSLY...

    I get awfully annoyed with super camp, OBVIOUSLY gay characters that are super camp just because.
  11. Thread: News

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    Sticky: I know. But it's still VERY disappointing that...

    I know. But it's still VERY disappointing that they won't be doing it after all. I had been looking forward to it.
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    So I went to the encore presentation of Giulio...

    So I went to the encore presentation of Giulio Cesare. I have the following to say:

    Generally, my comments on Act I still stand. Daniels did really not sing well (also, who knew his coloratura...
  13. Thread: News

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    Sticky: The Met has scrapped plans of a 2017 Ring revival...

    The Met has scrapped plans of a 2017 Ring revival as well as that season's production of Messiaen's Saint François d’Assise.

    http://parterre.com/2013/05/06/plank-your-lucky-stars/
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    The usually rather excellent Mark Berry of the...

    The usually rather excellent Mark Berry of the Boulezian blog does agree on the production, but he found Schager quite the Siegfried.

    Link
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    Oh, and look! It made the youtubes! ...

    Oh, and look! It made the youtubes!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvPlRygKnko
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    Also, just in case anyone wants to hear/see...

    Also, just in case anyone wants to hear/see what's being discussed, here's Parterre to the rescue:

    Click me
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    Well, she really was incredible! Tempo was a bit...

    Well, she really was incredible! Tempo was a bit sluggish and the faster runs weren't maybe as clear as one would have liked them, but WOW, that woman can sing (as if we didn't know that from...
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    Well, Trebs singing Lady Macbeth was simply...

    Well, Trebs singing Lady Macbeth was simply ASTOUNDING, and I'm really looking forward to hearing her in the full role next year.
  19. Thread: Opera Small Talk

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    Sticky: So Trebs just sang Vieni t'afretta at the...

    So Trebs just sang Vieni t'afretta at the Mariinsky gala today. It was kind of amazing.
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    Please don't. Deadpan is so much more fun!

    Please don't. Deadpan is so much more fun!
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    One thing: Yeah. Tatyana and Onegin are...

    One thing:



    Yeah. Tatyana and Onegin are not roles one takes on in one's thirties. It's some heavy singing. Suspension of disbelief is required.
    As for Lensky, it's considerably lighter.
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    Ha! Touché.

    Ha! Touché.
  23. Poll: It did! But the other roles were also behind the...

    It did! But the other roles were also behind the audience, singing from the second balcony of the smallest stage of the Oslo opera.
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    Oh, and Katarina Dalayman! The present dearth...

    Oh, and Katarina Dalayman!

    The present dearth of good Wagner sopranos is hugely overrated.
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    Quite. I heard parts of the broadcast and was not...

    Quite. I heard parts of the broadcast and was not really won over by it.
    And also, I tend to agree with JJ, and it was a rather lovely quote, regardless.



    Indeed. And besides, blindly praising...
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