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Nights at the Opera

Discussion in 'classical' started by Whaleblue, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Box-swapper extraordinaire

  2. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    My local civic centre is taking the relay from the Met of Magic Flute on Saturday. I can't find it on R3, but maybe at a cinema near any interested pfmers?
     
  3. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    R3 take (most of) the met radio broadcast season which normally starts at the beginning of December, they rarely do other met performances.
     
  4. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    I like Lucy, but I really, really, wish she’d stop dressing up. I realise it’s her USP but I find it tedious.

    I’ll still watch this though.
     
  5. adamdea

    adamdea pfm Member

    Yes. Very much looking forward to this. Producer is a friend of mine. Keen to here what Pappano has to say.
     
  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I think she's excellent and looking forward to the programme. I'm fascinated by opera houses- been to these ones:

    Covent Garden, Coliseum
    La Scala
    Spain: Liceu, Teatro Real
    Paris: Bastille and Garnier
    Vienna Staatsoper
    Berlin: Staatsoper and Komische
    Munich: Bavarian State Opera
    Amsterdam, Stopera
    U.S: The Met, The Lyric
    Mexico City, Nacional
    Brazil: Amazonas (Manaus) and Theatro Municipal (Rio)
    The daddy of them all- Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
    The three South American ones I've not heard productions in. I need to get to Buenos Aires in their winter.
     
  7. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    Well, the Met relay was a big let-down to say the least. I could have endured the heat and the garlic (just the unluckiest seat in the house, presumably), but the clever sets and puppets quickly palled and the beautiful playing and singing were spoiled by the worst digital sound I have ever heard - strings in particular were thin and piercing and just horrible. I left during the interval.
    Dare I tell the organisers that their very expensive looking kit is either very poorly set up or just plain dreadful? Would they believe me?

    As for the Magic Flute itself, this was my first: is it just a panto with world class singers and pretty music?
     
  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Where did you see it? I've not been to a cinema broadcast of live Opéra yet.
     
  9. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

  10. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    The Met radio relay on december 9th is the Magic Flute so assuming R3 take it you may find much better sound quality.
    If R3 don`t take the met broadcast it is always available on a host of internet stations, we usually use All Classical Portland FM but many others are available.
     
  11. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    I'm in S.W. France, but mentioned it because my local multiplex in the U.K. (Ashford, Kent) frequently takes theatre and opera relays.

    The french presentation is run by a local cultural association in the 'village hall', and they obviously don't have a sound engineer. No-one else seemed to be bothered by the sq - obviously not realising how much better it should be. If it's via satellite, that may partly explains the issue: if it's an internet feed, there's really no excuse. All the same I need to tread very carefully.

    A similar organisation in the next village organised an excellent recital this afternoon by Joy and James Lisney - there seems to be far more demand in this part of France for regular live performance than there is in the U.K. - or maybe government subsidy makes it affordable over here?
     
  12. docstocker

    docstocker pfm Member

    Have seen magic flute several times but still struggle to understand the story!
     
  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I rather enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s series, just watched the final part this afternoon. It prompted me to dig out a copy of Strauss Salome (this one) I had in my ‘hmmm, pfm shop or me?’ pile. Mid-way through disc 2 now and it is really rather good. A keeper!
     
  14. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I go to all the Met Opera simulcasts at my local Cineworld.
    Never seen a bad one yet.
     
  15. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    Lucy Worsley is I'm afraid a victim of the Beeb's habit of over-using a presenter, frequently outside the area of their expertise/knowledge (in Worsley's case, royal residences and posh fwocks). Plus I don't like opera anyway, so I'll be giving this one a miss.
     
  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    As I've no interest whatsoever in royalty I've not seen her in anything before! I can see the dress-up stuff may irritate some, but I felt it was a nice light-weight introduction to opera and quite an interesting perspective as it focused on the stories and cultural backdrop more than the music.
     
  17. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Watching it now and enjoying it. That chap Pappano seems to know what he’s talking about.
     
  18. herb

    herb music live

    After the quite interesting Wagner segment I was waiting for the recent opera bit, you know Adams, Glass, Tippett, Birtwistle etc . Nothing, she ended with the hysterical opera by Strauss. Overall they were good programmes though, highlighting female roles and insight as to what the audiences expected from them.
     
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I have to admit I was surprised when I realised it ended where it did, I was expecting a third part with Berg’s Wozzeck, Glass Einstein On The Beach etc.
     
  20. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Box-swapper extraordinaire

    We’ve just watched part 2. Interesting timing for us, as last night we went to Glyndebourne for what might have been a one-off bucket list experience. We saw Cosi fan tutti, performed, to these inexperienced ears and eyes, rather brilliantly.

    Regards the TV programme, I found Lucy Worsley a very sympathetic (to the beginner) host of a whirlwind run through the genre. Personally, I found the dresssing up endearing, and actually helpful in the education. Very enjoyable, and now wondering which opera, and perhaps more importantly, which venue, to try next (if not the full summer Glyndebourne experience, which has its attraction).
     

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