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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    It's this one: https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/...49529-fidelio/

    From the trailer it looks traditional.
    Absolutely fantastic! A traditional production and they are using the scenery from the Bernstein set I recommended, which is great scenery.

    I see the Bernstein video is complete on You Tube with English subtitles:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI-CF_rOApI

    You are in for a wonderful night at the opera!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Absolutely fantastic! A traditional production and they are using the scenery from the Bernstein set I recommended, which is great scenery.

    I see the Bernstein video is complete on You Tube with English subtitles:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI-CF_rOApI

    You are in for a wonderful night at the opera!
    Thank you. I value the opinion of such an aficionado!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Thank you. I value the opinion of such an aficionado!
    Thanks! It is one opera I studied to no end.

    EDIT: Notice my new signature, specific to this opera.
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    Aida

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    Aida
    What did you think? I love this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    What did you think? I love this one.
    I love it too! It's the second time I've watched it, my library has it. It's actually the only Aida I've watched so far. I'll want to watch more elaborate staging at some point, but I'm very happy with this.

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    Eugene Onegin from the Met with Peter Mattei and Anna Netrebko. Wonderful singing and acting but I hanker after the old Carsen production.

    Natalie

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    Liebestod earworms have replaced the Onegin ones. About time.
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 5th, 2018 at 01:29 AM.
    Natalie

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    Love this!


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    Finally a new opera watched.
    I had been meaning to get around to the Mets Falstaff for some time but it took until today for me to finally watch it. I was worried that as it was Late Verdi I might be slightly disappointed (Aida was on the first time) however, Falstaff was exactly what I hoped it would be and the Met Version with its 50s setting was an enjoyable idea that I felt worked well. Singing all around was very good as was acting. Having looked it up the Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare weaker plays. This weakness certainly did not translate into the opera and a note must be made that Boito did an excellent job here in avoiding that. The music was excellent with surpluses of melody but often glanced only in fragments this is therefore often an opera of melodic canapes rather than dishes but an excellent experience is had regardless. If Othello is as good as Falstaff I am looking forward to it hugely.

    Met on demand Falstaff 10/10
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Finally a new opera watched.
    Ithe Met Version with its 50s setting was an enjoyable idea that I felt worked well.
    It's actually the Glyndebourne version. I've noticed that a lot of the Met's "new" productions are recycled from somewhere else.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's actually the Glyndebourne version. I've noticed that a lot of the Met's "new" productions are recycled from somewhere else.
    The wonderful world of co-productions . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Finally a new opera watched.
    I had been meaning to get around to the Mets Falstaff for some time but it took until today for me to finally watch it. I was worried that as it was Late Verdi I might be slightly disappointed (Aida was on the first time) however, Falstaff was exactly what I hoped it would be and the Met Version with its 50s setting was an enjoyable idea that I felt worked well. Singing all around was very good as was acting. Having looked it up the Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare weaker plays. This weakness certainly did not translate into the opera and a note must be made that Boito did an excellent job here in avoiding that. The music was excellent with surpluses of melody but often glanced only in fragments this is therefore often an opera of melodic canapes rather than dishes but an excellent experience is had regardless. If Othello is as good as Falstaff I am looking forward to it hugely.

    Met on demand Falstaff 10/10
    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's actually the Glyndebourne version. I've noticed that a lot of the Met's "new" productions are recycled from somewhere else.
    I think PB might be referring to the Robert Carsen one which premiered at ROH but was a co-production. But I agree that the Met often claim a new production when it has actually premiered somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I think PB might be referring to the Robert Carsen one which premiered at ROH but was a co-production. But I agree that the Met often claim a new production when it has actually premiered somewhere else.
    So I have now realised there are two 50s productions, the Jones and the Carsen.
    Natalie

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    Last night, while surfing the TV listings, I stumbled upon last month's telecast of Aida, with Netrebko and Meli, with Muti at the helm. HD quality was excellent. Staging was so-so and costumes were not of the period. But the singing was sublime.

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