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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Wow, the critic seems to find her to be the weakest link in the production! He praised everybody and everything else, except her! And duly quoted the marital violence controversy. It seems like this thing is already hurting her.
    I always thought Magda is her best role. It seems she is reverting to type, where as the critic implies, her primary aim is to get the audience to admire her. I think she is a terrible actress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Will see this evening when I see the performance in the movie theater
    I think the main problem with this film is that the Pamina is really not good. And the libretto in English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I think the main problem with this film is that the Pamina is really not good. And the libretto in English.
    Oh horror! What to do? I already bought the tickets online. Had I only paid more attention! Well, will report back on whether I survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Oh horror! What to do? I already bought the tickets online. Had I only paid more attention! Well, will report back on whether I survive.
    Soave_Fanciulla, I am SO glad you mentioned to me that the Magic Flute is in English. I went and looked at my ticket for 7pm, and guess what I found? It is NOT for today--it actually is for Monday evening when I am actually on business about 200 miles away! Your comment saved me going all the way to the theater (only about 3 miles, but through the downtown of a busy city) just to make this discovery! Now I have to find a way to exchange this for a ticket for next Saturday, or perhaps even better, get a refund!

    So thank you Soave_Fanciulla, for giving us rotten news about Branaugh's Magic Flute movie!
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    Talking Go see Rossini's Armida with Renée Fleming on the day she gets her National Medal for the Arts!

    Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm (in the US), the Met Summer Encore feature, Rossini's Armida will be showing in select movie theaters. This performance is with Renée Fleming and is being broadcast on the very day that she will be at the White House to be awarded a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama.

    If you didn't catch this three years ago and don't already have the DVD (or Met Opera on Demand), show your support for Renée by going to see this production! BTW, here is the NYT review of her performance at the premiere about 3 weeks before the original Live in HD simulcast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm (in the US), the Met Summer Encore feature, Rossini's Armida will be showing in select movie theaters. This performance is with Renée Fleming and is being broadcast on the very day that she will be at the White House to be awarded a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama.

    If you didn't catch this three years ago and don't already have the DVD (or Met Opera on Demand), show your support for Renée by going to see this production! BTW, here is the NYT review of her performance at the premiere about 3 weeks before the original Live in HD simulcast.
    I've seen her performance in this, and she is terrific! Her range of acting in this role that requires the sorceress to go from seductive to threatening to despondent is impressive, and she sings the role very well too. Highly recommended, and as a bonus we also get Lawrence Brownlee.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); July 7th, 2013 at 12:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm (in the US), the Met Summer Encore feature,
    If you didn't catch this three years ago and don't already have the DVD (or Met Opera on Demand), show your support for Renée by going to see this production! B
    I'm sorry but you seem to have a typo in there. I think you mean "Show your support for Lawrence by going to see this production.
    Natalie

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    Don't pay to see Branagh's film, it's on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT62KLvzGZU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Hm... was it The Tempest? Or Le Grand Macabre? I seem to have read something about it but can't remember clearly.

    PS - In Siegfried, Fafner's voice is amplified, but that's because it's what Wagner wanted.
    It was Doctor Atomic--body mikes on all of the singers as composer John Adams required.
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    Last edited by tyroneslothrop; July 7th, 2013 at 07:58 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    eerm is it that draculette is more likely to rip Roberto's throat out than kiss him these days?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    eerm is it that draculette is more likely to rip Roberto's throat out than kiss him these days?
    Ah the irony!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    It's fine to share the Nicholas Joël production with the Met, but it does seem a little odd to advertise the ROH offering with clips from the Met DVD.

    Yeah, and the Alagna thing too.

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    “The hand of Providence creeps among the stars, giving Slothrop the finger.”
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    Hehehe, "True Love" is indeed very ironic.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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