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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Some initial thoughts:
    1. The Met website is pretty terrible. The website keeps timing out on my desktop, and I'm only able to look at things on my phone.
    2. Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry! Klaus Florian Voigt as Parsifal!
    3. Hansel and Gretel in English :/
    4. No Nina Stemme, Elina Garanca, JDF

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    The only thing I really really want to see is Thais with Gerald Finley and it's not in HD. La Boheme is. Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The only thing I really really want to see is Thais with Gerald Finley and it's not in HD. La Boheme is. Why?
    I really want to see that Thais, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The only thing I really really want to see is Thais with Gerald Finley and it's not in HD. La Boheme is. Why?
    If they fail to air the Trittico next December (unless they fail to do it on the 100th anniversary) I am going to be somewhere beyond livid. One hopes it occurs to the Met that a lot of those who go to the telecasts are huge fans of opera who are almost certainly after viewings of new productions of the rarer repertory than another Boheme... (despite the fact it is a fine opera)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The only thing I really really want to see is Thais with Gerald Finley and it's not in HD. La Boheme is. Why?
    Yes, that Thais! Ailyn Perez + Jean Francois Borras + Gerald Finley + Villaume, I'm quite excited

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    Yes, that Thais! Ailyn Perez + Jean Francois Borras + Gerald Finley + Villaume, I'm quite excited
    I missed the bit about Jean-François Borras because of Finley-fixation and am now doubly sad.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    If they fail to air the Trittico next December (unless they fail to do it on the 100th anniversary) I am going to be somewhere beyond livid. One hopes it occurs to the Met that a lot of those who go to the telecasts are huge fans of opera who are almost certainly after viewings of new productions of the rarer repertory than another Boheme... (despite the fact it is a fine opera)
    I don't know, the majority of the people I see at screenings here in Texas are dragged along by spouses and friends and only get excited about the five operas they've ever heard. Also, when I was just barely starting out in opera these Live in HD screenings were the only affordable samples I had, and the ones that had the biggest impact on me were reliable warhorses (specifically Turandot & Carmen).

    Also, the scheduling demands for the video production crew have to be taken into account. The biggest reason for Thais not being taped is that the production is in November. They're taping Exterminating Angel and then they always have a big hiatus, maybe because they don't get good viewership during the holiday months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    I don't know, the majority of the people I see at screenings here in Texas are dragged along by spouses and friends and only get excited about the five operas they've ever heard. Also, when I was just barely starting out in opera these Live in HD screenings were the only affordable samples I had, and the ones that had the biggest impact on me were reliable warhorses (specifically Turandot & Carmen).

    Also, the scheduling demands for the video production crew have to be taken into account. The biggest reason for Thais not being taped is that the production is in November. They're taping Exterminating Angel and then they always have a big hiatus, maybe because they don't get good viewership during the holiday months.
    You're exactly right, Nemorino. I heard a talk several years ago (at a Wagner party hosted by old friend tyroneslothrop...) when the Met HD director, who came down to DC for the event, discussed the logistics behind each HD presentation - down to the fact that many singers really hate it because there are numerous aspects, such as being miked, that they have trouble with. The cost of the tapings are substantial and the availability of the opera house is critical. There is a host of factors that go into deciding which productions will be taped each year that go beyond cataloging rare or otherwise inaccessible operas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    Some initial thoughts:
    1. The Met website is pretty terrible. The website keeps timing out on my desktop, and I'm only able to look at things on my phone.
    2. Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry! Klaus Florian Voigt as Parsifal!
    3. Hansel and Gretel in English :/
    4. No Nina Stemme, Elina Garanca, JDF
    Yes! The Parsifal with Klaus Florian Vogt!

    Semiramide! At last!

    and the other stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    Yeah, their website's not easy to navigate!

    I've put in a ticket request, and if they fill the entirety of my order, I'll be in town from the 9th to the 29th.
    hmm... I need to discuss going to Munich in May with the wife...
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    I just hope der Jonas doesn't end up canceling his Met Cavaradossi next year . . .

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    I have to say that I have become much more sympathetic - tolerant - of people with health issues over the past months. The voice is such a fragile instrument, and sometimes I forget and take it for granted.

    Kaufmann is so enormously gifted that I hope his health and ability to sing remain with us for a long time to come.

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    I'm not unsympathetic to JK myself. Some people are just more susceptible to illness, and unfortunately, he seems to be one of them -- something that I'm sure is as frustrating to him as it is to his many fans. It forces him to cancel appearances more often than is the case with most singers, and that heightens concerns about whether or not he'll stay healthy enough to fulfill certain commitments. No fair-minded person believes he cancels for trivial reasons, and I also hope he's able to continue singing for many more years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I'm not unsympathetic to JK myself. Some people are just more susceptible to illness, and unfortunately, he seems to be one of them -- something that I'm sure is as frustrating to him as it is to his many fans. It forces him to cancel appearances more often than is the case with most singers, and that heightens concerns about whether or not he'll stay healthy enough to fulfill certain commitments. No fair-minded person believes he cancels for trivial reasons, and I also hope he's able to continue singing for many more years.
    The problem of course is one that is beyond his control (bar his fee) - it's that opera houses inflate ticket prices when he is due to appear, but don't refund when he doesn't.
    Natalie

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