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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    What are sheets?
    Sheet music. Natalie is composing her first opera, a sequel to La Fanciulla del West.
    "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
    Sheet music. Natalie is composing her first opera, a sequel to La Fanciulla del West.
    The further adventures of a Puccini heroine? It'll never work.

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    This one has a better chance than most of the others as at least the heroine is alive.
    Natalie

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    Iron sheets?? IRON SHEETS?????

    Once a month (most months) they get a quick fritz in the washer/drier, then back on the bunk!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    IRON SHEETS?????
    Sounds like a medieval torture device!
    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This one has a better chance than most of the others as at least the heroine is alive.
    Puccini Statistics Time!

    Ok from my knowledge we have 6 dead (Butterfly,Tosca,Angelica,Mimi,Manon and Fidelia) 1 Undead (Anna) 2 Content and Happy (Lauretta and Minnie) 1 whose nuts but is also happy (Turandot) 1 who might be killed after the curtain has fallen (Giorgetta) and 1 whose alive but quite depressed (Magda)*

    In conclusion your chance of death as a Puccini Female Lead are about 6/12, a fate worse than death 1/12, happiness 3/12, alive but depressed 1/12 and whatever your angry husband is going to do now that hes broken your lovers neck and is standing triumphantly over you sobbing on your lovers body 1/12

    Statistics are fun!
    *This does not include Liu among the dead
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Today I along with a close companion watched the 2011 Gianni Schicchi from the ROH. While I do not like this part of the Richard Jones Trittico as much as his sumptuous staging of Suor Angelica it was very enjoyable. The singing overall seemed decent and comic timing and acting which are important in Schicchi was very on point by all involved. My companion thought it was very enjoyable and though she loves Disney movies and musicals in general said that it was the better of the things we watched during the evening (we also watched Lady and the Tramp and a couple episodes of Father Ted) as it made her laugh several times and she thought it very amusing. I think our next stop on the opera road will be La Boheme or Die Fledermaus which are both reasonably short and enjoyable for new entrants into the operatic world.

    Gianni Schicchi 2011 Roh: 9/10 A very good production whose cast were good though it is not quite on the level of my personal favourite production ( the Glyndebourne from several years now sadly unavailable except as a dvd). A newcomer to opera enjoyed the production despite not being briefed on the full story (only the relationships and names of the family characters)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Manon from Vienna with Diana Damrau and Ramón Vargas - was on YT but now gone.
    Natalie

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    La Monnaie is currently streaming their production of Gassmann's L'Opera Seria, a spoof on... opera seria written in 1769. Good fun, espcially if you are Baroque opera fan.
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 4th, 2018 at 11:56 PM.
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    Adès's Powder her Face on the Opera platform . Excellent cast, try-hard production; unfortunately the central character is so vacuous and self-regarding that I got a bit bored.
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    Rossi's L'Orfeo. Rather a complicated story in this incarnation, but very pretty. And I always enjoy Dominique Visse showing off his legs in yet another skirt.

    Natalie

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    Finally had a chance to watch the Mets Il Trovatore on demand. In short OH WOW!!!!!
    In long form let's dissect. Conducting was on point for me it was the right speed performed beautifully. Chorus was brilliant as were the smaller roles. Of the big five roles Kocan put in a top quality performance as Ferrando, like he did in 2011, again no weakness there. Lee was exemplary a nice surprise and a far better actor/singer than Alvarez was in the same production being far more believable in the role. Zajick did a top quality Azucena with nuanced acting and singing again exemplary as she was in 2011 maybe even more so. Anna did a wonderful job starting very good and graduating to excellent shortly after. Dimitri however, stole the show and didn't have a bad moment in the entire thing improving on his great performance from 2011. I already love the McVicar staging so that can't really detract. I have the most minor of minor gripes which is no repetition of Di Quella Pira but that's me just picking holes at this point.

    The Mets 2015 Il Trovatore 10+/10 I don't see how this could be feasibly improved upon and suggest we make an amendment to the recommended recordings section if/when the DVD for this performance is released.
    "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
    The Mets 2015 Il Trovatore 10+/10 I don't see how this could be feasibly improved upon and suggest we make an amendment to the recommended recordings section if/when the dvd for this performance is released.
    Seconded.
    Natalie

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    Faure's penelope. Interesting opera, excellent production, wonderful singing especially from Anna Caterina Antonacci and Edwin Crossley-Mercer.
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    Rigoletto from Vienna with Juan Diego Flórez, Carlos Álvarez, Olga Peretyatko, Ain Anger and Nadia Krasteva. Really wonderful singing, but the damn moveable set creaked louder than the LePage Machine in the middle of people's arias.
    Natalie

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