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    I just picked this up on another discussion site: Dimitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all appearances until August, citing health issues related to a brain tumor. I checked his website which validates this very sad news. God bless him and his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    I just picked this up on another discussion site: Dimitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all appearances until August, citing health issues related to a brain tumor. I checked his website which validates this very sad news. God bless him and his family.
    Oh my God, this is bad! I hope at least it is a benign one and it gets removed.
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    Oh no! That is very bad news! Wishing him all the best!
    Natalie

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    That's awful! I hope it's something he and his doctors can fight their way through.

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    This is terrible. I hope he's receiving the best medical care possible.

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    Violent rape in new production of Guillaume Tell is booed mid-scene. Apparently one person shouted "One ****ing step too far* and others joined in, drowning the music. Lots of very negative reviews and pleased I didn't get tickets.

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    I was looking to get tickets for that opera as well and after reading this, I am also glad I did not.

    Where's my traditional staging comeback that I forecasted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I was looking to get tickets for that opera as well and after reading this, I am also glad I did not.

    Where's my traditional staging comeback that I forecasted?
    I know! Booing mid scene is terrible and insulting to the singers but maybe this is the only way these directors will realise that we don't want to see stuff like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I know! Booing mid scene is terrible and insulting to the singers but maybe this is the only way these directors will realise that we don't want to see stuff like this.
    The staging done in the DVD from Pesaro manages to convey something about the oppressive behaviour of occupying soldiers without going as far as this. A problem with the ROH production was I think that the music and the action were at loggerheads with each other at the time.

    In contrast, there is a rather distressing rape scene in a DVD of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, but that is integral to the plot and the music.

    Continuing to heckle, and especially heckling the singers, is appalling manners and rude both to the performers (it's the director who is the blame) and the audience (I'd pay good money to hear Finley and Osborn and I'd damn well want to hear them without some boor having a tantrum in my ear).
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...I'd pay good money to hear Finley...
    I think hearing Finley sing live is number one on my target list

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    So violence and oppression can't be conveyed by leaving this opera in its original timeframe? What on earth do these stage directors who must update and otherwise tinker with the work think Gesler forcing Tell to shoot that blasted apple on his son's head is? Or his soldiers roughing up Melchtal when the old man cautions the other Swiss not to reveal who helped the fleeing man escape? Or that man describing how he stopped Austrian soldiers from raping his daughter? Or the soldiers who force some of the Swiss women to dance with them during that ballet sequence in the third act?
    I certainly don't approve of booing in the middle of a performance, which is rude to both the cast members and other audience members, and feel Catharine Rogers took a far more sensible approach in writing to the opera house. But, as Annie observed, maybe these directors (and the house managements that hire them) will finally realize that audiences have had enough of this sort of thing.

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    The Operalia had winners completely unknown to me. Soave will like to know (if she doesn't already) that a New Zealander won one of the prizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Violent rape in new production of Guillaume Tell is booed mid-scene. Apparently one person shouted "One ****ing step too far* and others joined in, drowning the music. Lots of very negative reviews and pleased I didn't get tickets.

    Mark Ronan

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    Too bad I missed this post back in June (and after), when I was out of town. Someone at bridge last week asked me what the uproar associated with the Guillaume Tell production in London was all about, and I had no clue what they were talking about. Which, of course raised all kinds of heckling regarding what kind of opera fan I possibly could be. Jeez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Which, of course raised all kinds of heckling regarding what kind of opera fan I possibly could be. Jeez.
    Basically, if it can't be enjoyed during a 12 mile walk, it doesn't really count...
    Natalie

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    Aargh, more bad news for baritones:

    Johannes Martin Kränzle diagnosed with bone-marrow cancer.

    I'll never forget his performance in this DVD of Theodora. Absolutely the slimiest baddest baddy out there. I hope his stem-cell transplant works and he gets better soon.

    Natalie

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