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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Hopefully you'll recover soon and have a wonderful Christmas.
    I'm planning to watch a couple of things on Operavision; I'm on vacation for 12 days, yay!
    I'm sure you are aware of it, but if not - you're probably going to want to catch our beloved Barbara Hannigan in the Bayerische Staatsoper's livestream on 12/28. World premiere of The Snow Queen by the very good composer Hans Abrahamsen.

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    Fairy Tale Operas for Christmas 2019:

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    Strauss – Die Frau Ohne Schatten – Mariinsky Theatre (2011) – Youtube

    Sadly, I had never seen this opera before, but now that I have I LOOOOOVE it. In fact, I could see this becoming my favorite Strauss opera (Der Rosenkavalier is probably his best, but this is more my style.) I imagine the only thing keeping this from being performed as often must be the vocal demands. I didn’t expect much out of this production, but it was really good – with a nice contrast between a traditionally staged fanciful spirit world and a drab contemporary setting for the human world.

    Piazzolla – Maria de Buenos Aires – Opéra national du Rhin – arte.tv

    This was a last-minute substitution - calling it a fairy tale opera is doubly debatable - but I soon discovered there’s some Christmas imagery in the 2nd act so it felt really appropriate for a Christmas Eve Eve. This is a really great vehicle for Piazzolla’s music. I didn’t know there was so much recited poetry in this libretto, but I like it. I think this production takes some liberties with the libretto, and I can’t say I always followed it, but given that the story is more about poetry and imagery it doesn’t matter so much. Yes there is more dancing than singing in this show, but I love it and would let it take over my "opera night" again.

    Abrahamsen – The Snow Queen – Bayerische Staatsoper – staatsoper.tv

    Hans Abrahamsen has written amazing music for Barbara Hannigan before, so this was one of the most anticipated world premieres of the year. It didn’t disappoint. This is an unusual opera which eschews big, loud climaxes for quiet, cathartic ones. Abrahamsen depicts coldness in music so well, with tight Ligeti-an tone clusters and shivering, pulsing repeated notes. It has a Hansel and Gretel-style cast, with a soprano and mezzo-soprano playing a boy and girl, and a baritone playing the Snow Queen. In this psychological staging by Andreas Kriegenburg (already the 2nd production of the opera) the characters are adults and the fantasy story is a dream. The production is beautifully austere. Hannigan was incredible as usual, but I was also really swept away by Rachael Wilson’s powerful and beautiful mezzo. This was a highlight of the year for me. Great finale to the year!

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    Re watched an old friend, shame about the bad lip / music synchronizing

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    Awesome! Totally Awesome Performance! The singing, the acting, the libretto. Awesome.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    I love this recording, the stage settingsbut the singing by Miss Sills is great.

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    ^ I a glad you posted that. I had a Traviata binge last year and ended up with about a dozen on DVD but somehow was not aware of this one. Love any opera with Sills (La Fille du Regiment and Barber of Seville are both AWESOME). So now I have ordered a copy of this Sills Traviata for the rediculously low price of $5.36 Shipped! Ha, can hardly get a bowl of soup for that anymore. What a deal!
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Verdi: Macbeth


    Renato Bruson (Macbeth), Mara Zampieri (Lady Macbeth),


    Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)
    Re watched this yesterday, still a very good performance, Zampieri is so underrated.

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