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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Molière, Gounod and Laurent Pelly, what could be more fun?



    I'd never heard of this before and have just watched a bit - it's fabulous! Will watch the rest tonight.
    "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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    IL Trovatore from the Royal Opera house this year, decently sung by Francesco Meli et al, but I'm afraid to say the recent Met production has spoiled any other performance for me, being as it was PERFECT.

    It didn't help that the ROH performance had about as much sexual tension as a petri dish of measles bacilli.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It didn't help that the ROH performance had about as much sexual tension as a petri dish of measles bacilli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    IL Trovatore from the Royal Opera house this year, decently sung by Francesco Meli et al, but I'm afraid to say the recent Met production has spoiled any other performance for me, being as it was PERFECT.

    It didn't help that the ROH performance had about as much sexual tension as a petri dish of measles bacilli.



    Tell me about it ... I went (and paid the usual ridiculous amount for a night in a London hotel).
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    Tell me about it ... I went (and paid the usual ridiculous amount for a night in a London hotel).
    Oh dear.....

    Directors need to learn that after the singing, the most important thing is the ACTING, not the set/concept etc. The only one who made any attempt was Ekaterina Semenchuk's Azucena, but verisimilitude was shaken by the fact the she looked the same age as, and was more attractive than Leonora.
    Natalie

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    Glyndebourne's Béatrice et Bénédict, with Paul Appleby, Katarina Bradic, Sophie Karthäuser and Stéphanie d’Oustrac. The recent production from La Monnaie had more substance and seemed to hang together better, but this made for a pleasant evening.

    Natalie

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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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    Let's face it, I only watched this Don Giovanni because Edwin Crossley Mercer is beautiful. Good singer too, but he hasn't really grown into the role. The production was fine but I couldn't work out why Donna Anna was pregnant, unless the singer really was, but it certainly made a mockery of her insistence on waiting another year to marry Don Ottavio.

    Natalie

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    I much prefer Kaufmann's younger voice

    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Let's face it, I only watched this Don Giovanni because Edwin Crossley Mercer is beautiful. Good singer too, but he hasn't really grown into the role. The production was fine but I couldn't work out why Donna Anna was pregnant, unless the singer really was, but it certainly made a mockery of her insistence on waiting another year to marry Don Ottavio.

    The infinite grass also struck me as a little odd, at least on video, looking really flat at times.

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    Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg /
    Opera Australia by Kultur Video
    Helen Doese, Donald McIntyre, Paul Frey, and John Pringle
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Gounod's Faust from Salzburg on Medici (free) with Piotr Beczala, Ildar Abdrazakov, Maria Agresta, Alexey Markov and Tara Erraught. When it started it reminded me irresistibly of the rat Lohengrin - strange costumes, particularly for the chorus, a lot of stylised movement. The singing was top-notch, and the story was not mucked around with though, and I quite enjoyed it.



    Natalie

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    looks a little creepy... which I suppose is about right for Faust

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    meanwhile, I'm still going round in circles

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    Khovanshchina from the Mariinsky with Olga Borodina showing off her best low notes. Don't mess with her.

    Natalie

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