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  1. Thread: News

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    Sticky: Reviews are in...

    Reviews are in for Ivo van Hove's Don Giovanni, and it sounds dark and brilliant. This one is coming to the Met and can't get there fast enough.
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    Ranking what I watched in May: #1 - Benjamin –...

    Ranking what I watched in May:

    #1 - Benjamin – Lessons in Love and Violence – arte.tv, ROH

    I didn’t really believe the critical drubbing that came out of the Salzburg premiere, but for some...
  3. Thread: Streaming

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    I've finally developed a love for Mozart over the...

    I've finally developed a love for Mozart over the last few years. Maybe I'm a little dense or something, but it just seems to take a couple extra listens before his music gets lodged in my head. ...
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    I'm about to go see my 300th opera! (Aggregate...

    I'm about to go see my 300th opera! (Aggregate of live and recorded performances)

    It's not the Houston Opera, but the Houston Symphony who are closing their season with a semi-staged Bluebeard's...
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    Yes! Love her. Since it's hard to find...

    Yes! Love her. Since it's hard to find biographical info on Russian singers in English sometimes, I should mention that she sings under the name Svetlana Aksenova now (I would hazard a guess that...
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    It's a complete Iolanta, and really well done,...

    It's a complete Iolanta, and really well done, but they take an intermission about an hour into it. Then they play the rest of Iolanta without a break with Act I of Nutcracker. I don't mind the...
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    Russian Easter Festival 2: Tcherniakov Nights ...

    Russian Easter Festival 2: Tcherniakov Nights

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    I have some time in April which I set aside to watch whatever I want, and I decided to do an all-Russian week again this year -...
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    Sticky: OPERA I DISLIKE: La Rondine OPERA I THINK IS...

    OPERA I DISLIKE: La Rondine

    OPERA I THINK IS OVERRATED: Madama Butterfly

    OPERA I THINK IS UNDERRATED: Iolanta

    OPERA I LOVE: Les Troyens

    OPERA I COULD LISTEN TO ON REPEAT: Eugene Onegin
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    Just got back from Falstaff at the Dallas Opera,...

    Just got back from Falstaff at the Dallas Opera, and it was wonderful! By far the best production I saw in Texas all season. A hilarious production (originally by Lee Blakely for Los Angeles), a...
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    Okay, so trying very hard not to put together...

    Okay, so trying very hard not to put together just my favorite operas - cause I've seen some of them so many times that I actually probably would not be interested in going to see just any...
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    Ooh! I'm really interested in seeing a Nino Rota...

    Ooh! I'm really interested in seeing a Nino Rota opera...
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    11935 One of the reasons I got into opera was...

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    One of the reasons I got into opera was – as a film nerd – I wanted to be able to appreciate the work that my favorite film directors occasionally do in this medium. Benvenuto Cellini was...
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    Sticky: A Hans Abrahamsen opera for Hannigan, Jonas in...

    A Hans Abrahamsen opera for Hannigan, Jonas in Die Tote Stadt, and Katie Mitchell directing Bluebeard's Castle?

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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    I feel like it's important to point out that...

    I feel like it's important to point out that Florestan said "dreadful story" - which I can relate to - not "dreadful storytelling", which I would argue is objectively untrue. However you feel about...
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    Houston is doing the Kosky in Spring 2020, and...

    Houston is doing the Kosky in Spring 2020, and I'm pretty excited to see it. Dallas is also doing Magic Flute next season, and they put together a little more well-known cast. I wonder if more...
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    Sticky: One has to feel some trepidation for The Met...

    One has to feel some trepidation for The Met replacing their beloved Aida production (I personally feel that they should semi-retire it and bring it back every 5-6 years or so as an event, but that...
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    Sticky: I watched the production on arte.tv and you have...

    I watched the production on arte.tv and you have to see it:

    Go with your initial instinct to trust in Tcherniakov. This production was pretty incredible, but also a lot to digest. I would give...
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    Sticky: Found a trailer for it...

    Found a trailer for it.

    ....... Uhh.... Yikes
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    Sticky: Definitely seems like a better cast lineup of...

    Definitely seems like a better cast lineup of reasonably well-known singers, compared to all the unknown quantities you faced last year! Otello especially sounds like a great cast.
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    It's finally time for the mid-season burst of...

    It's finally time for the mid-season burst of live shows, before the spring season finale frenzy. Mostly contemporary operas here in Texas, as I guess these shows need to face the least amount of...
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    11859 A Strauss opera for New Year's Eve. It...

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    A Strauss opera for New Year's Eve. It just seemed like the operatic equivalent to champagne. Cheers to a wonderful New Year to you all!
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    Yeah, what was up with that. The shots of the...

    Yeah, what was up with that. The shots of the singers out-of-charater before they walk on stage really took me out of the story. That may have contributed to my not getting into this as much as I...
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    Merry Christmas, everyone! For my Christmas...

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    For my Christmas mini-festival this year, I wound up with a folk opera theme. It was somewhat dictated by a couple of rarities on OperaVision which I was curious about,...
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    Ha, yeah that sounds like a backhanded comment...

    Ha, yeah that sounds like a backhanded comment against the Lohengrin production - when I meant it as such against the Werther which had nothing going on - but my meaning was, even when there's...
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    After watching the Munich Otello, I made a little...

    After watching the Munich Otello, I made a little Jonas marathon:

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    I think this is pretty much considered the reference recording on video for this opera. The singing is very good, but...
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