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    I think the two singers referenced in #6 might be Thomas Hampson and his son-in-law, Luca Pisaroni.

    I'm guessing #2 is La Traviata. If #4 is Fidelio, I hope they cast some attractive lirico-spinto voices in the two leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I think the two singers referenced in #6 might be Thomas Hampson and his son-in-law, Luca Pisaroni.

    I'm guessing #2 is La Traviata. If #4 is Fidelio, I hope they cast some attractive lirico-spinto voices in the two leads.
    You are correct on #6! #2 is a good guess, they did that one this year. This time La Boheme is up. I'll post the rest in the 2018-2019 Season post.

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    Me and my one-track mind: instead of remembering that the Cincinnati Opera is co-producing The Flying Dutchman with Houston, all I can think of is Fidelio!

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    MET to produce a "sea of blood" Parsifal.

    Story.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    MET to produce a "sea of blood" Parsifal.

    Story.
    The production was premiered in 2013,

    Won't be the first time singers have to paddle around:



    or just plain drown:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    MET to produce a "sea of blood" Parsifal.

    Story.
    I have the video of this production with der Jonas in the title role and Pape as Gurnemanz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I have the video of this production with der Jonas in the title role and Pape as Gurnemanz.
    I had my reservations on this one and now I am sure I don't want it. Alas Kaufmann and Pape are hard to pass up.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    MET to produce a "sea of blood" Parsifal.

    Story.
    For me, it's one of the Met's most exciting recent productions. And my trip to NYC to see it is less than 3 weeks away! *excited* I can understand it's not to everyone's taste though.

    Incidentally, Jonas is supposed to return in the fall for La fanciulla. I'd say the odds are lower that he'll cancel this time. Anyway, it's a gamble I'm willing to take.

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    I find the production pretty effective as well--certainly interesting. And since the DVD features impressive singing from Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, and especially Peter Mattei, I think it's a worthwhile purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I find the production pretty effective as well--certainly interesting. And since the DVD features impressive singing from Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, and especially Peter Mattei, I think it's a worthwhile purchase.
    Too bad they don't have the soundtrack available on Cd. Then I would not see the lake of fake blood.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Too bad they don't have the soundtrack available on Cd. Then I would not see the lake of fake blood.
    Just think of it as cranberry juice?
    Natalie

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    Truthfully, I purchased it for the cast, not the production. I also have a DVD with the older Met production that had Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, and Moll in the cast, and it might be my favorite overall. (Also have the early '80s Bayreuth Parsifal with Jerusalem, and Barenboim's audio version with . . . Jerusalem. And also Meier. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Truthfully, I purchased it for the cast, not the production. I also have a DVD with the older Met production that had Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, and Moll in the cast, and it might be my favorite overall. (Also have the early '80s Bayreuth Parsifal with Jerusalem, and Barenboim's audio version with . . . Jerusalem. And also Meier. )
    I'd be the same with Peter Mattei, Gerald Finley, or Franco Fagioli. If they are in it, it's in the cart.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Truthfully, I purchased it for the cast, not the production. I also have a DVD with the older Met production that had Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, and Moll in the cast, and it might be my favorite overall. (Also have the early '80s Bayreuth Parsifal with Jerusalem, and Barenboim's audio version with . . . Jerusalem. And also Meier. )
    That is the only one I have watched, and it is a good one!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    That is the only one I have watched, and it is a good one!
    I own and like that one, but am also glad to have a handful of differing Regie productions (Syberberg, Lehnhoff, Girard). An elusive, symbolic work like Parsifal can bear a range of interpretations.

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