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    We had a nice evening watching this performance of J.Strauss : Die Fledermauss.
    The appearance of the guest at Orlofsky ball is wonderful.(Sutherland- Horne- Pavarotti )
    And off cause at the end where Dame Joan Sutherland had a standing ovation and for the very last time was singing in public .
    Tears to the eye.

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    Clayton will need a lot of trial period to revisit everything he is planning to revisit, LOL
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    We watched the new i Capuleti e i Montecchi last night. Exquisite singing from MMes DiDonato and Cabell, which was not diminished by the odd (but not offensively so) staging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Clayton will need a lot of trial period to revisit everything he is planning to revisit, LOL
    No problem; four more days but only 17 operas left on priority list.



    retract from above sentance: "No"
    retract from above sentance: "but only" and substitute: "and still"


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    Verdi: Ernani
    Luciano Pavarotti (Ernani), Leona Mitchell (Elvira), Sherrill Milnes (Don Carlo) & Ruggero Raimondi (De Silva)
    Chorus & Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine

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    Excellence.

    Nothing more to say.

    Except it was the 80's, decade of wealth and in New York, the heaving bosom of the financial world

    And we had the heaving bosom of Leona Mitchell in the ridiculously tight and exaggerating dress that makes you feel slightly sea sick

    but excellent apart from that.

    Now I've nothing more to say.

    Except note to self: must investigate Leona Mitchell more. Superb.

    I'm not so sure of my operas-to-revisit schedule any more...

    but if time permits

    I will definitely revisit this before the trial period expires.

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    NO! No, no!



    You can't just give me stable interweb connection,

    then take it away!



    I HATE CIRCLES ON MY SCREEN!

    pleeeaaase some one tell me it happens to all (men)


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    Circles on my screen? I find it happening more and more as I get older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    NO! No, no!



    You can't just give me stable interweb connection,

    then take it away!



    I HATE CIRCLES ON MY SCREEN!

    pleeeaaase some one tell me it happens to all (men)

    Ooh that's horrible!
    Natalie

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    Normal service resumed ()
    and continuing my 7 day free trial of MET opera on Demand


    Metropolitan Opera Broadcast (8 February 2014)
    Dvořák: Rusalka

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    Wood Nymphs sop., DÍSELLA LŔRUSDÓTTIR, mezzo, RENÉE TATUM, mezzo, MAYA LAHYANI
    Water Gnome bass-baritone, JOHN RELYEA
    Rusalka soprano, RENÉE FLEMING
    Ježibaba mezzo, DOLORA ZAJICK
    Huntsman baritone, ALEXEY LAVROV
    Prince tenor, PIOTR BECZALA
    Gamekeeper bar., VLADIMIR CHMELO
    Kitchen Boy mezzo, JULIE BOULIANNE
    Foreign Princess soprano, EMILY MAGEE

    Conducted by YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN


    Production: Otto Schenk
    Set designer: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
    Costume designer: Sylvia Strahammer
    Lighting designer: Gil Wechsler
    Choreographer: Carmen De Lavallade
    Stage director: Laurie Feldman


    Wonderful, pure delight.
    The cast and production team show why this is one of the most popular fairy-tale operas.

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    Borodin: Prince Igor
    Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

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    I do not like the rather violent and gratuitous images of explosions and fallen soldiers at the start. However that is small change.
    The singing by all the cast is superb and the choruses and great. The ballet is fantastic and I am not much of a ballet person (unless it's zombie nuns tempting you to the dark side).
    This is a contempory twist in the story telling with the second act taking part in the mind of a wounded Prince Igor but it is not overly complicated and it works.

    I don't think I will revisit this during the trial period.

    I think I will buy the DVD.

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    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
    Live at the Metropolitan Opera, 2013
    Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda), Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta), Matthew Rose (Talbot), Joshua Hopkins (Cecil), Matthew Polenzani (Leicester), Maria Zifchak (Anna Kennedy)
    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Maurizio Benini

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    What a show! Total package.

    It would melt the heart of a concrete elephant.

    I'm buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ...It would melt the heart of a concrete elephant...
    Okay, I think I've calmed down enough to say something intelligent about the performance.

    Joyce DiDonato's performance is the dog's bo

    ...maybe I haven't

    I'll come back on this one.

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    Clayton, the way this is going, I think you can afford (and should purchase) a full membership. This trial period is driving you crazy, man!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Boulez and Berenboim Ring and a couple of Der Freischütz, as I'm writing about Weber and Wagner in Nazi propaganda cinema. I don't think I can cope with so much Germanness much longer.

    Next:
    Last edited by Festat; November 18th, 2014 at 05:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Clayton, the way this is going, I think you can afford (and should purchase) a full membership. This trial period is driving you crazy, man!
    This is a very good service that the MET are offering with an excellent library.

    I would happily recommend this service to anyone, more so as they offer access to the library on monthly contracts for only USD 15 (there is also a annual contract that is the price of 10 months). It is a modernized rental service.

    To anyone reading these posts, it does sound like I am a yes-man, saying "I love it" to anything and all operas. You wouldn't be far wrong but I am quite selective. There has been a few misfires (3 to date) during this trial period where I have started to watch something but stopped, deciding it was not my cup of tea. It is library; there are oviously going to be likes and dislikes but I think it has a wide choice with some excellent performances.

    Met Opera on Demand service is very good and highly recommended for an introduction to opera or for seasoned opera buffs with monthly or annual contracts available. I am sure I will use the monthly contract in the future.

    http://www.metopera.org/ondemand


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This is a very good service that the MET are offering with an excellent library.

    I would happily recommend this service to anyone, more so as they offer access to the library on monthly contracts for only USD 15 (there is also a annual contract that is the price of 10 months). It is a modernized rental service.

    To anyone reading these posts, it does sound like I am a yes-man, saying "I love it" to anything and all operas. You wouldn't be far wrong but I am quite selective. There has been a few misfires (3 to date) during this trial period where I have started to watch something but stopped, deciding it was not my cup of tea. It is library; there are oviously going to be likes and dislikes but I think it has a wide choice with some excellent performances.

    Met Opera on Demand service is very good and highly recommended for an introduction to opera or for seasoned opera buffs with monthly or annual contracts available. I am sure I will use the monthly contract in the future.

    http://www.metopera.org/ondemand

    I would subscribe but my internet speed is too slow
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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