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    I knew I had to get this especially because of Mariella Devia:
    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    And it's excellent in all respects!!

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    Unbelievable. I really can't believe myself myself.

    Saariaho: L'Amour de loin
    Directed by Peter Sellars
    Dawn Upshaw, Monica Groop & Gerald Finley
    Finnish National Opera, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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    note to Hoffmann
    Don't bother with the DVD machine unless you want to experiment with self (financial) harm

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    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
    --Ashby, La Fanciulla del West

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Unbelievable. I really can't believe myself myself.

    Saariaho: L'Amour de loin
    Directed by Peter Sellars
    Dawn Upshaw, Monica Groop & Gerald Finley
    Finnish National Opera, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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    note to Hoffmann
    Don't bother with the DVD machine unless you want to experiment with self (financial) harm
    Is this destined, then, for the dust heap of the tea cabinet of history? It's Peter Sellars - it can't be all bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Is this destined, then, for the dust heap of the tea cabinet of history? It's Peter Sellars - it can't be all bad!
    I haven't received it yet, hopefully it will come sometime next week. The reviews make it sound very exciting.

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    Well, I thought, why not?


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    and, because a number of folks highly recommend it - I caved and have now added this version.

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    I thought there was another curve ball there, then I read

    ...the libretto based on the short story Das Fräulein von Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann...



    I look forward to hearing your comments on both

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I thought there was another curve ball there, then I read

    ...the libretto based on the short story Das Fräulein von Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann...



    I look forward to hearing your comments on both

    A very talented guy, that E.T.A. Hoffmann!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I would do a double-like if it would let me!

    Please let me know your thoughts on these. I am signed up to see concert versions of Semiramide and La Favorite next season, but despair of ever seeing either of them properly staged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I would do a double-like if it would let me!

    Please let me know your thoughts on these. I am signed up to see concert versions of Semiramide and La Favorite next season, but despair of ever seeing either of them properly staged.
    I've seen this production of La favorite on Arte or somewhere and thought it was good enough to get the DVD - great cast, good straightforward production.
    Natalie

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    Since that night at the Polka, I don't understand you, Sheriff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Is this destined, then, for the dust heap of the tea cabinet of history? It's Peter Sellars - it can't be all bad!
    It's simply excellent, in my opinion. Sublime. A masterpiece. Just slightly less good than Written on Skin, and therefore the second best contemporary opera, these days. It will be given at the Met in a future season (I believe, in the 2016-17 season).
    "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
    It's simply excellent, in my opinion. Sublime. A masterpiece. Just slightly less good than Written on Skin, and therefore the second best contemporary opera, these days. It will be given at the Met in a future season (I believe, in the 2016-17 season).
    I'm desperate to see in the ENO production, which looks stunning from the photos.





    It's an opera that needs a strong production because the music, although extremely beautiful and hypnotic, somewhat lacks variety; and nothing much happens.
    Natalie

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