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    I'm very excited that Countess and I will be watching L'Amour de Loin this Saturday on Met Live in HD, in this gorgeous new cinema in Chapel Hill, NC called Silverspot (other locations exist nationwide for this new chain of high-tech movie theaters), which has extremely comfortable seating. We got our reserved seats where you basically lay down on a flat bed like an airplane first class seat, and they have wine and snacks that you can take into the theater.

    I love this opera and this production apparently is great. I look forward to taking the Countess to another great contemporary opera (she loved Written on Skin when I took her to see the fully staged version live at the Lincoln Center; it was my third time seeing it live, and her first).

    I know and love L'Amour de Loin from the DVD and I'm looking forward to this quasi-live experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    add to that: What's good with it? What's good with it? What's good with it? What's good with it?
    What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it?

    It's a good opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I'm very excited that Countess and I will be watching L'Amour de Loin this Saturday on Met Live in HD...
    I wish I'd picked up on this and planned to go see it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it? What's wrong with it?
    No bass

    No baritone

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    Ages since I watched it and it's OK for its time.

    I'm seeing Turandot next year with a friend who's fairly new to opera and she wants to go. The production we're seeing is this one. Has anyone got it/seen it? Any good?

    "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
    ...I'm seeing Turandot next year with a friend who's fairly new to opera and she wants to go. The production we're seeing is this one. Has anyone got it/seen it? Any good?
    Yes, it was on the picture box earlier this year. It has nice costumes and sets (nothing of modern interpretations that I can remember) and both the wife and I enjoyed it.

    - - - Updated - - -

    (Though regarding the story, the wife was a bit upset with what happened to Dad and Liu...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Yes, it was on the picture box earlier this year. It has nice costumes and sets (nothing of modern interpretations that I can remember) and both the wife and I enjoyed it.
    Thanks. Even at this early stage of her opera going journey my friend prefers traditional productions. Didn't like the ROH Nabucco but loved Hoffmann.



    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    (Though regarding the story, the wife was a bit upset with what happened to Dad and Liu...)
    I know. I'll always wonder if this is really what Puccini had in mind...
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    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Thanks. Even at this early stage of her opera going journey my friend prefers traditional productions. Didn't like the ROH Nabucco but loved Hoffmann.
    I know! I mean, who doesn't love some Hoffmann??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Unfortunately my masters has kept me very busy in recent months (its a politics masters and I shall leave it at that!). This has kept me away from watching new operas but several have intrigued me and particularly after hearing a fragment on television program (Gotham) I wanted to see Don Giovanni. Fortunately this version was on YouTube
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    I enjoyed the opera a lot. While it has not taken the place of any of my immediate favourites overall (give it time though...) it was a very enjoyable experience that I definitely rank above several of my less favourite Verdi and Puccini operas.

    In fact I enjoyed it so much I have already bought a recording!
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    I am going to enjoy exploring this one in far more detail though it is quite different from what I have enjoyed in the past!
    I watched that Don Giovanni on YouTube a few weeks ago. It was great! I thought he made a perfect Don, handsome and charming yet a cruel buffoon at the same time! I like this opera a lot, and it's a rarity for me in that I prefer to watch it than to simply listen.

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    Managed to find time to watch another Verdi today! I decided to go to another one of the middle period operas. I watched this 1979 performance of Luis Miller.
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    Must say lots of great music for baritone/Bass in it and the rest is very good as well.This is enjoyable enough that a recording is on the Christmas list (well Itunes card then I buy as a present for myself). Might as well get Nabucco then as well don't want to leave it out and It might do well to acclimatize myself to it once again.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Rather an odd idea. I would have enjoyed it far more if the video director had allowed us to see more of the equestrian action as a whole instead of cutting frenetically to the singers and closeups of the rather attractive female riders (so close up you couldn't actually see the horses!). As it was the singing from Marianne Crebassa made it all worthwhile. I love that woman.

    Natalie

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    L'elisir d'amore from Baden Baden 2012 - a wild west movie set (English subs)
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 5th, 2018 at 01:07 AM.
    "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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    Roberto Devereux from the Met on Met on Demand. Polenzani was fantastic, Sondra acted up a storm but I'm not wild about her in this repertoire, but Garanca sang beautifully as always. Very lovely set.

    Natalie

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