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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Amfortas's Avatar
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    Have we seen this? Do we like it?

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    Looks promising, heavy use of projected images (like Valencia Ring) with modern dramatic staging, trailer for this Ring on youtube


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    There's a new Ring by Thielemann coming out on 8/6.
    Looks interesting.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ring-R-Wagner/...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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    Director Bepi Morassi's production of Bellini's romantic opera. The soloists include Giovanni Battista Parodi, Jessica Pratt and Julie Mellor. The conductor is Gabriele Ferro.



    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Have we seen this? Do we like it?
    No. I don't know. For what it's worth, Boulezian hated it, I distinctly remember. Singing was good, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    No. I don't know. For what it's worth, Boulezian hated it, I distinctly remember. Singing was good, though.
    I'm not won over by Simon O'Neill as Siegmund, vocally or otherwise. Don't know about the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'm not won over by Simon O'Neill as Siegmund, vocally or otherwise. Don't know about the rest.
    Well yes. He's a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I like The Tempest a lot. I like the composer himself less. But that could be said about a lot of works of art (re: Wagner).

    This particular Met production has also been up on Youtube for a while: [clicky]

    Audrey Luna is wonderful as Ariel. (And that dude, Keenlyside isn't half bad either ) Here is one of Luna's arias:
    “The hand of Providence creeps among the stars, giving Slothrop the finger.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    I like The Tempest a lot. I like the composer himself less. But that could be said about a lot of works of art (re: Wagner).
    My feelings towards it are decidedly mixed (especially the libretto which is clunky and uneven at best), but I rather like it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    My feelings towards it are decidedly mixed (especially the libretto which is clunky and uneven at best), but I rather like it as well.
    I am also ambivalent. I love the play, one of my favorite live theater experiences is of Shakespeare's Tempest. My first experiences listening to the audio recording were negative. The constant dissonances were offputting, as was the Queen of the Night Ariel. But I kept trying.

    When I went to the movie theater for the HD transmission, I had a really positive experience. I enjoyed the terse libretto, Shakespeare shorn of opulence, but still retaining its kernels. There is a coldness to the music, although it is very beautiful when it becomes calm and soft. The very end of the opera is wonderful, although it departs from the famous Prospero monologue. I was singing Ariel's repeated melodic gesture for a while the rest of that day. The singing is fantastic. I have always enjoyed Keenlyside's work. I also enjoyed the production with La Scala as an extra frame on the story.

    When I returned to it recently though, some of my negative opinion returned. Prospero seems mainly an angry zealot, and it really bothered me that Ariel was singing dramatically important words that I couldn't understand up in the stratosphere. Also, I caught myself laughing out loud at some of the libretto. Such as Miranda's line after Prospero's long rant about being deposed from Milan: "Fearful story I'm so sorry." Or Prospero after having Ariel drown everyone in the sea, "Ariel, that's enough There's no need to be rough." Considering that Prospero actually told Ariel to be rough. . . . The stripped down words make the characters seem like they couldn't create complete sentences, as if they were some prelanguaged beings.

    I wonder what I will think of it the next time I try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deNoget View Post
    I wonder what I will think of it the next time I try.
    I like your acknowledgement of having vacillating opinions.

    And here I thought I was the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deNoget View Post
    I also enjoyed the production with La Scala as an extra frame on the story.
    The La Scala theme was director Robert Lepage's idea. I liked it myself, but I was chatting with a friend who didn't get it at all. She understood his rationale for using La Scala as the backdrop, but she just didn't "get it" if you know what I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    . . . she just didn't "get it" if you know what I mean.
    Wink wink, nudge nudge?

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