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The Opera thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Mr. Checks, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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    Opera lovers unite here on SF!

    Making the pilgrimage to the Met in April for Fidelio and Don Pasquale, the latter with the lovely Anna Netrebko. http://www.universal-music.co.jp/cla...etrebko01a.jpg


    It will be my first Met opera since its touring days of the early 1980s, when I heard several performances in the Midwest (including Milnes in Boccanegra).

    Not my favorite two operas, but I'm hoping to add Traviata when I get to NYC. I've seen a video of Netrebko in some minimalist set performing E Strano, which was stunning; not sure if that's what's being staged in NYC.

    I'm anxious to see how the Met stacks up against Chicago Lyric, which I'm more familiar with.

    Please share your opera thoughts, on-stage or in-home listening.
     
  2. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Senior member

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    Met's La Traviata is a Franco Zeffirelli production, it's a complete opposite of minimalist. It's huge, extravagant. The ball scene in 2nd act will knock your socks off, you gotta see it to believe it. I am a sucker for FZ productions.
     
  3. Uncletoad

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    I'm envious. Our Opera company is going down in flames. They scheduled Madama Butterfly for two weekends this month and are now truncated down to a single Friday night performance and the following Sunday matinee. I have tickets but I suspect it will be the last opera performance in central Ohio. Not to many opera fans here obviously.

    My grandmother lived in Brooklyn from 1908 to 1981. She regularly went to the met and had tons of stories about it. She listened to the Sunday afternoon radio broadcast from there when she moved here to be with the family. My affection for opera came from her passion for it.

    Tell us all about it after you go.
     
  4. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I love opera, although the only one I've seen to date has been Carmen. I plan on seeing Aida in June and I have tickets to go see Pavarotti as well. Does anyone else have tickets for his farewell concerts? I'd be interested to see the program but it's not posted on his website.
     
  5. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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    I'm envious. Our Opera company is going down in flames. They scheduled Madama Butterfly for two weekends this month and are now truncated down to a single Friday night performance and the following Sunday matinee. I have tickets but I suspect it will be the last opera performance in central Ohio. Not to many opera fans here obviously.

    My grandmother lived in Brooklyn from 1908 to 1981. She regularly went to the met and had tons of stories about it. She listened to the Sunday afternoon radio broadcast from there when she moved here to be with the family. My affection for opera came from her passion for it.

    Tell us all about it after you go.


    That's a shame. I imagine there's some student opera at The OSU and Hiedelburg College, yes?
     
  6. Uncletoad

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    That's a shame. I imagine there's some student opera at The OSU and Hiedelburg College, yes?
    OSU's student stuff is an interesting idea. I'll have to look into that. Heidelburg is about 100 miles away and about the same distance as Cincinnati where they have an excellent opera company. I imagine I'll spend some time there.
     
  7. Handlethevibe

    Handlethevibe Senior member

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    I'm going to see some opera at the met in april too. What are you supposed to wear?
     
  8. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Lounge suit or black tie.
     
  9. Handlethevibe

    Handlethevibe Senior member

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    Really? Cause my sisters friend in college used to go to the met like every other week and he said you really didn't have to dress up that much. BTW, I'm 15...
     
  10. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Oh you don't have to. I see people dressed in a shirt and jeans. But you are supposed to.
     
  11. GQgeek

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    Oh you don't have to. I see people dressed in a shirt and jeans. But you are supposed to.

    I don't expect people to wear a tuxedo anymore, but it would be really nice if people made a little bit of an effort. It's a sad reflection of the times when people wear jeans to the opera.
     
  12. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    The worst I've ever seen, albeit to the symphony orchestra and not opera, was tattered jeans, birkenstocks, and a tee - on a middle-aged man.
     
  13. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    We are lucky. Colorado has a very nice opera company, and Denver just built a beautiful new opera house. My wife and I are long time season ticket holders.

    This year's operas were Carmen and Norma, with The Abduction from the Seraglio coming up.
     
  14. adambparker

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    Reviving this instead of starting a new thread. Hopefully there are enough opera-lovers on SF to make this a somewhat lively discussion!

    Now that I'm settled in Chicago, I've subscribed to the Lyric for the upcoming season. They have a great season, although no Germans this year, which is fine by me, since I'm a bigger fan of the Italians anyhow.

    I'm seeing Tosca opening night with Deborah Voigt and James Morris (won a "new subscriber contest," got free tickets!) and again (regular subscription) with the second cast in January (Violeta Urmana, Lucio Gallo, Marco Berti). Has anyone seen Voigt sing Tosca since her weight loss? Curious to hear people's opinions of her singing.

    Also very excited for Piotr Beczala in Faust and Sondra Radvanovsky in Ernani.

    Any exciting opera plans out there for the upcoming season?
     
  15. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Marriage of Figaro with Bryn Terfel at the Met was outstanding last season.
     
  16. aKula

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    I was just in Sydney last weekend to see Fidelio. The singer playing the title role was sick and the understudy was in Melbourne. They ended up calling a soprano who had recently played the role in Queensland. She had to drive to the opera house so it started around 40 minutes late. Ended up being quite an experience. Anke Hoeppner, the replacement, sang superbly especially given the circumstances.

    I often go to the opera here in Melbourne. Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, and the met recordings.
     
  17. Opermann

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    Now that I'm settled in Chicago, I've subscribed to the Lyric for the upcoming season. They have a great season, although no Germans this year, which is fine by me, since I'm a bigger fan of the Italians anyhow. I'm seeing Tosca opening night with Deborah Voigt and James Morris (won a "new subscriber contest," got free tickets!) and again (regular subscription) with the second cast in January (Violeta Urmana, Lucio Gallo, Marco Berti). Has anyone seen Voigt sing Tosca since her weight loss? Curious to hear people's opinions of her singing. Also very excited for Piotr Beczala in Faust and Sondra Radvanovsky in Ernani. Any exciting opera plans out there for the upcoming season?
    I've heard good things about Voigt and her weight loss. From a technical standpoint, the weight shouldn't really affect the singing other than having difficulty moving around the stage. I'm not holding my breath for Morris as Scarpia, his voice is suited better for the Wagner heldenbaritone rep, which sit a little lower than the Italian baritone roles. He should be able to snarl his way through it, though. The singers I look forward most are Frank Lopardo in the Elixer of Love and Vladimir Galouzine as Cavaradossi in Tosca. . I saw Galouzine in Pagliacci last season and he blew me away. A powerful Italianate voice and an excellent actor. Lopardo is more on the lyric side but his singing is truly thrilling. Two of the best tenors performing in the US, imo.
     
  18. adambparker

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    The singers I look forward most are Frank Lopardo in the Elixer of Love and Vladimir Galouzine as Cavaradossi in Tosca. . I saw Galouzine in Pagliacci last season and he blew me away. A powerful Italianate voice and an excellent actor. Lopardo is more on the lyric side but his singing is truly thrilling. Two of the best tenors performing in the US, imo.

    Interesting. I saw Galouzine in Pag as well, and was very impressed by his singing, but I thought he played the part angry all the way through and didn't really capture the sadness and despair that drive Canio through the end of the opera. He was wonderful to listen to, for the most part, but I thought he left a little something on the table.

    I am definitely excited for his Cavaradossi, but Cavaradossi is another complex character, one part poet, one part revolutionary. I hope he captures that complexity in his singing. He certainly has the voice for it.

    I don't know Lopardo, but I'm glad to have another tenor to look forward to. Beczala singing Faust should also be terrific. I haven't heard him live, since he's relatively new on the US scene, but I've been watching some recorded clips from his Met performances of the Duke in Rigoletto and Edgardo in Lucia, and he sounds phenomenal.
     
  19. Pezzaturra

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    I was very pleasantly surprised by "Cavalleria rusticana " by Pietro Mascagni , it is a one-act and it is quintessential Italian opera with wonderful score and arias.

    I have mixed feelings about Met as an opera house; it is just too soul-less and generic and it has an effect on the Met experience in general.
     
  20. denimdestroyedmylife

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    i understand the met has a lot going on this season. wagner's ring cycle, berg's lulu and strauss' elektra. wish i could go to any of those. recently watched a dvd of peter grimes at the met. my favorite of all time would be dido & aeneas. flagstad's "dido's lament" slaaaaaaaays:
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. also, yeah, love glass' "einstein on the beach". would love the chance to see a performance.
     

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