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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Nice violin "no jokes about the G string please"

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    definitely time to call time out now
    Next year, we'll invite you to the fun concert on the last night and you can tell terrible jokes to your heart's content.
    Natalie

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    I think spring planting season can't come too soon for poor Clayton...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Next year, we'll invite you to the fun concert on the last night and you can tell terrible jokes to your heart's content.
    Great, I'll make a note in the dia...

    hang on

    this is one of those "fun" last night concerts which gets cancelled and everyone "forgets" to tell me, isn't it?

    forget it.

    I'm not falling for that one again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Great, I'll make a note in the dia...

    hang on

    this is one of those "fun" last night concerts which gets cancelled and everyone "forgets" to tell me, isn't it?

    forget it.

    I'm not falling for that one again
    No, promise you can come but you'll have to dress up.

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    Natalie

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    I cannot wait to see pictures of Clayton in ... costume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Great, I'll make a note in the dia...

    hang on

    this is one of those "fun" last night concerts which gets cancelled and everyone "forgets" to tell me, isn't it?

    forget it.

    I'm not falling for that one again
    Then they'll take you on a snipe hunt.

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    Hey Clayton, If you need help running down a pair of them groovy Crocs to complete your outfit, let me know. They're all over the place over here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I think spring planting season can't come too soon for poor Clayton...


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    I think spring can't come too soon for Yours Truly, period.

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    Back on topic, we enjoyed Tosca last night, with McGee, Kaufmann and Hampson. I even liked the novel staging. The night before, we made our first ever trip to Moscow to watch the Red Square Concert with Netrebko and Hvorostovsky. Both are excellent performances on equally as exceptional Blu ray discs. I did note, without editorializing, that many women in Red Square seemed (hunting for inoffensive descriptive term) emotionally moved by Hvorostovky's vocal prowess. Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Back on topic, we enjoyed Tosca last night, with McGee, Kaufmann and Hampson. I even liked the novel staging. The night before, we made our first ever trip to Moscow to watch the Red Square Concert with Netrebko and Hvorostovsky. Both are excellent performances on equally as exceptional Blu ray discs. I did note, without editorializing, that many women in Red Square seemed (hunting for inoffensive descriptive term) emotionally moved by Hvorostovky's vocal prowess. Or something.
    How was Thomas Hampson as nasty old Scarpia? He strikes me as so genuinely decent that it's hard to imagine him being convincing as the bad guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    How was Thomas Hampson as nasty old Scarpia? He strikes me as so genuinely decent that it's hard to imagine him being convincing as the bad guy.
    He was a slimy bad guy; but very effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Back on topic, we enjoyed Tosca last night, with McGee, Kaufmann and Hampson...
    That's a performance I want to see.

    I think Hampson is a superb actor and singer

    and apparently this geezer Jonas Kauffmann can hold his own too

    What is the novel staging?

    Is it a modern setting?

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    Yes, but not so as to disrupt the story line. Think Manon with Netrebko and Villazon: the 50s environment of that Manon did not in any way limit the expression of the essence of the story. The same is true of this Tosca, with one exception: 1800 Rome is a part of Tosca with reference to Napoleon's victory at Marengo. Most folks today would not pick up on that.

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    Got a hold of a better version of Rusalka and we watched that Saturday. (The met's version with Renee Flemeing that was shown in live HD.)

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    Sunday we watch Die Walkure, the Lepage production.

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    I have the DVD of Tosca with Hampson's Scarpia, and find him totally chilling. He is very suave and elegant -- and could smile quite pleasantly at you while he's torturing you. McGee's Tosca is visibly repelled by his touch. (But of course, my favorite here is that geezer Kaufmann. )

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