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    I am almost ashamed to note that last night we watched the absolutely delicious Seefestspiele Morbisch production od Der Graf Von Luxemburg. Talk about a musical sachertorte!

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Matti Salminen, cool.

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    Tristan und Isolde, from Bayreuth, with Stephen Gould, Evelyn Herlitzius, Georg Zeppenfeld, Christa Mayer and Iain Paterson, conducted by
    Christian Thielemann and directed by Katharina Wagner. Interesting production (I like the idea that they are in love from the beginning). Gould was good although his German is not that hot, Herlizius was suitably intense but she really has a voice better suited to the Elektras and Ortruds of this world.
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    Another Ring session with my 14-year-old buddy.

    Siegfried aka The Biggest of Jerks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Another Ring session with my 14-year-old buddy.

    Siegfried aka The Biggest of Jerks.
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    Agreed about Siegfried although Jay Hunter Morris is such a sweetie that he infuses a little charm into TBoJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Another Ring session with my 14-year-old buddy.

    Siegfried aka The Biggest of Jerks.
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    But, he acts as a jerk only when he is under the influence of a potion. Earlier on of course he is a bit rough on the edges, but the poor guy was raised in the woods without ever encountering a woman.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    But, he acts as a jerk only when he is under the influence of a potion. Earlier on of course he is a bit rough on the edges, but the poor guy was raised in the woods without ever encountering a woman.
    and look at his father (figure)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    and look at his father (figure)...
    Right, I was about to say that. For someone raised by Mime, he turned out OK.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Right, I was about to say that. For someone raised by Mime, he turned out OK.
    It's a great opera/production; considering it's a story of dragons, dwarves and pokemons (okay, I made that last one up)... it draws us right in...

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    Stop making excuses for Siegfried. Mime may not be parent of the year but he was good enough. Siegfried survived alright. All Mime wanted was a little love. Wouldn't you be willing to kill someone as ungrateful as that little brat constantly telling you how horrible you look and how much he hates you? I certainly would. #TeamMimeToTheEnd

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    Siegfried is an insufferable brat, all right, but Mime didn't raise the kid out of the kindness of his heart -- he wanted someone who could slay Fafner and enable him to get his hands on the ring. Wotan, of course, is trying to find his independent hero who can clean up the mess he (Wotan) made, so he's also trying to make use of Siegfried. Brünnhilde may be the only one in that entire cycle who isn't using Siegfried as a means to an end (and she does need him to wade through all that fire and wake her up).

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    Had Siegfried shown at least a little affection for Mime, though, and maybe there wouldn't be a Götterdämmerung.

    Gilda is a victim of her father, Siegfried is just really annoying.

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    Opera fans and economists,

    they can all be looking at the same material and would always give different interpretations...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Had Siegfried shown at least a little affection for Mime, though, and maybe there wouldn't be a Götterdämmerung.

    Gilda is a victim of her father, Siegfried is just really annoying.

    I dunno - if this was your adoptive father, wouldn't you be a little reluctant to fully embrace him:


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    That's Mime there in the center in full Joker drag..
    (Berliner Staatsoper, 2013)

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