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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    I don't know what you guys are getting excited about. All you need is to quietly ignore what promises to be the abomination above, and get this, with the ever-classy and talented Miss Antonacci:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I don't know what you guys are getting excited about. All you need is to quietly ignore what promises to be the abomination above, and get this, with the ever-classy and talented Miss Antonacci:

    But that production is no good either. Just not as strikingly awful in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    But that production is no good either. Just not as strikingly awful in comparison.
    I think this production starts slow, but then in the second half Anna Caterina Antonacci lights it up and delivers an astounding show. This would not have been that good without her, I agree, but with her, it's still spectacular, in my opinion.
    "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 Almaviva View Post
    I think this production starts slow, but then in the second half Anna Caterina Antonacci lights it up and delivers an astounding show. This would not have been that good without her, I agree, but with her, it's still spectacular, in my opinion.
    Well that's the nature of the piece, you get a lot of backstory before the real action begin., And ACA is stellar in this.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    I think this production starts slow, but then in the second half Anna Caterina Antonacci lights it up and delivers an astounding show. This would not have been that good without her, I agree, but with her, it's still spectacular, in my opinion.
    I don't really think the singer counts as part of production. I had the staging idea in mind. And this is awful - what strikes me the most is the ending. There is this powerful, dramatic coda with howling woodwinds that depicts the original final scene so greatly. But when it comes to it in this production the scene is totally static. No terrified crowd running from burning temple and raging Medea. This is one of cases where director doesn't act along with music but goes against it. We all agreed in other thread that this is the borderline that they shouldn't cross when going unconventional. That border is crossed here. And it's enough to put this production among unsatysfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    What the hell?

    I think I better stick with the CD I recently bought.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post

    Hey Medee......my buddy Don G wants to ask you out, I think you will get along just fine


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    We should get her a Blake Fielder-Civil.
    Even those tattoos come from Amy Winehouse.

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    Have you seen this live, Schigolch?

    Natalie

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    In the summer of 2011, at Liceu.

    Jeanne-Michéle Charbonnet is a notoriously irregular singer, and not for everyone's taste, but she was a good Ariane, in my view. The role is very long and very difficult, and sometimes the low notes were just not there. Please note that Van Dam's intervention is quite short, so don't count on him. The best performance was by Gemma Coma-Alabert (Sélysette), and the orchestra just delivered, such a brilliant orchestration deserved more than a solid performance.

    The opera itself is nice, so I would definitely buy the DVD, especially if this is the first Ariane in your collection. But be careful that almost all the singing is provided by females.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    In the summer of 2011, at Liceu.

    Jeanne-Michéle Charbonnet is a notoriously irregular singer, and not for everyone's taste, but she was a good Ariane, in my view. The role is very long and very difficult, and sometimes the low notes were just not there. Please note that Van Dam's intervention is quite short, so don't count on him. The best performance was by Gemma Coma-Alabert (Sélysette), and the orchestra just delivered, such a brilliant orchestration deserved more than a solid performance.

    The opera itself is nice, so I would definitely buy the DVD, especially if this is the first Ariane in your collection. But be careful that almost all the singing is provided by females.
    Sounds like lovely music and it's absent from my collection, so I will buy. Thanks for the feedback.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Have you seen this live [i.e. The Liceu production of Paul Dukas' "Ariane et Barbe-Bleue"]?
    Thanks for informing us of this. I was actually going to subtitle of a video of this performance recorded from Spanish television. I even acquired a copy of an English translation from an old LP set for the purpose. Luckily I hadn't started yet, as it would have been for naught, like the aborted "Mosè in Egitto" project. I must try to be more aware of upcoming DVD releases, rather than waste time on subtitle projects that will soon prove redundant. Perhaps it's safer to stick to subtitling videos of productions that are more than a few years old, rather than work on recent productions that could very well see an official DVD release.

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