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2012-10-09 14:40:00

2nd Ring 'ROH - Siegfried 

Susan Bullock as Brunnhilde and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried in Siegfried © Clive Barda / ROH 2012 Finally onto the second half of the Ring after two first halves! Why didn’t anybody tell me I’ll nearly overdose on adrenaline before the end? Two days before the Siegfried and 2 Rheingolds, 2 Walkure and 3 Ring-Insights down I found out I could hardly sleep and shreds of music, singing and images were happily bouncing round my head at all hours of day and night. In a way I’m not surprised that it had an effect on me but it is the first time I am loosing this much sleep about an opera. Or finding the switch between day-time work and night-time Wagner nearly impossible to make. My next Ring, as I have no doubt there will be more ;-) will definitely be under different circumstances. I’d really […]

2nd Ring 'ROH - Siegfried

1st Ring @ROH - Walkure

Opera is magic!

2012-09-27 03:24:00

1st Ring @ROH - Walkure 

Sarah Connolly as Fricka© Clive Barda/ROH 2012 I’m officially immersed in this Ring! But really if the Walkure doesn’t grab and grip you, nothing will. Where to begin? Both mind and heart feel scattered and shattered at the same time. So I guess I’ll just throw things out there as they cross my mind. What an incredible pack of Walkures we were treated to! They sounded just wonderful, scary and harmonious at the same time and those Hojotoho have never rang out quite so excitingly. Bravo to all of them, Gerhilde (Alwyn Mellor), Ortlinde (Katherine Broderick), Waltraute (Karen Cargill), Schwertleite (Anna Burford), Helmwige (Elisabeth Meister), Siegrune (Sarah Castle), Grimgerde (Clare Shearer), Rossweisse (Madeleine Shaw). Their appearance is either scary and ear shattering or , as in this case, thrilling and exciting. Individually they were vibrant and together inspiring and touching. They sounded like a boisterous […]

1st Ring @ROH - Walkure

Opera is magic!

2012-09-27 01:24:00

1st Ring @ROH - Walkure 

Sarah Connolly as Fricka© Clive Barda/ROH 2012Siegfried - just to let you all know i'll only see this in Ring 2, so sorry you'll have to wait a bit for the other two, but not too long ;-) Have a nice weekend!.................I’m officially immersed in this Ring! But really if the Walkure doesn’t grab and grip you, nothing will. Where to begin? Both mind and heart feel scattered and shattered at the same time. So I guess I’ll just throw things out there as they cross my mind.   * I realised by the time I was crawling into bed last night that I had forgotten to mention the orchestra! Shame on me! The head magician (Sir Tony P) didn’t have his luminescent magic wand with him, but instead elegantly kept things flowing with his hands alone. Yes it’s all so overpowering that one might tend to think Pappano has almost disappeared […]

1st Ring @ROH - Rheingold

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2012-09-25 18:36:00

1st Ring @ROH - Rheingold 

Bryn Terfel as Wotan© Clive Barda/ROH 2012 This a newbie's tale of the Ring, so you have been warned! If you plan to snigger at probably obvious Ring-beginner mistakes and throw piles of reference-recordings at me, shoo! This is MY RING :-) Spoiler alert, don’t read if you don’t want to know how it looks like :-) My bench-seats are not great, in fact not at all, I chose the wrong side, the right hand side has all the harps in it and more instruments, so view is even more obscured than normally and this production unfortunately has quite a lot going on towards the back of the stage and towards the right, so I didn’t see all I would have liked to. Thankfully, I’ve got R2 as well and much higher up, so hopefully will be able […]

1st Ring @ROH - Rheingold

Opera is magic!

2012-09-25 16:36:00

1st Ring @ROH - Rheingold 

Bryn Terfel as Wotan© Clive Barda/ROH 2012   This a newbie's tale of the Ring, so you have been warned! If you plan to snigger at probably obvious Ring-beginner mistakes and throw piles of reference-recordings at me, shoo! This is MY RING :-) Spoiler alert, don’t read if you don’t want to know how it looks like :-) My bench-seats are not great, in fact not at all, I chose the wrong side, the right hand side has all the harps in it and more instruments, so the view is even more obscured than normally and this production unfortunately has quite a lot going on towards the back of the stage and towards the right, so I didn’t see all I would have liked to. Thankfully, I’ve got R2 as well and much higher up, so hopefully will be able to see a […]

Opera is magic!

2012-10-09 12:40:00

2nd Ring 'ROH - Siegfried 

Susan Bullock as Brunnhilde and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried in Siegfried © Clive Barda / ROH 2012Finally onto the second half of the Ring after two first halves!Why didn’t anybody tell me I’ll nearly overdose on adrenaline before the end? Two days before the Siegfried  and 2 Rheingolds, 2 Walkure and 3 Ring-Insights down I found out I could hardly sleep and shreds of music, singing and images were happily bouncing round my head at all hours of day and night. In a way I’m not surprised that it had an effect on me but it is the first time I am loosing this much sleep about an opera. Or finding the switch between day-time work and night-time Wagner nearly impossible to make.My next Ring, as I have no doubt there will be more ;-) will definitely be under different circumstances. I’d really like to do this on it’s own […]

2nd Ring 'ROH - Siegfried

Opera is magic!

2011-11-18 12:32:00

Sonnambula from the ROH with a surprise bonus from Celso Albelo :-) 

Sonnambula from the ROH with a surprise bonus from Celso Albelo :-)

© Royal Opera House 2011 / Bill Cooper via bbc.co.uk/radio3 Opera on 3 If like me you are a belcanto fan, you might want to catch up with this BBC Radio 3/ Opera on 3 broadcast from the ROH while you still can, link to the programme is here. Lisa ..... Elena Xanthoudakis (Soprano), Amina ..... Eglise Gutierrez (Soprano), Teresa ..... Elizabeth Sikora (Mezzo-soprano), Elvino ..... Celso Albelo (Tenor), Count Rodolfo ..... Michele Pertusi (Baritone), Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Oren (conductor) It's a strong cast, who can certainly deliver the goods the music promises, i just wish, having seen it in person, that the actual production would have worked with the singers and the music. I've rarely seen such a bland one and the cast and music certainly deserved a better one. It's frustrating to me that belcanto doesn't really get the attention […]

The Big Bang

Opera is magic!

2011-10-12 01:52:00

The Big Bang 

OMG, is it already October?? When did we get here and how? Then again I think I may know how… in… erm… 4 song recitals at Wigmore (plus one on the radio ;-) , 3 Trittico and 5 Faust at the ROH, 1 Rosenblatt recital and 1 Abbado at the RFH.. and the Met HD have not even started yet! As you can see I am in danger of becoming London’s musical venues main sponsor. Just kidding ;-)))) Yes, I have done all of that and still managed to have cereal and yogurt for breakfast every day. You have to love London! In spite of credit crunch, rising bills and so on you can still have a rich and fulfilling cultural life. Some may say a crazy and excessive one but hey, try resisting these temptations. And lucky for the above institutions, especially the Wigmore Hall and […]

Opera is magic!

2011-11-18 11:32:00

© Royal Opera House 2011 / Bill Cooper via bbc.co.uk/radio3 Opera on 3 If like me you are a belcanto fan, you might want to catch up with this BBC Radio 3/ Opera on 3 broadcast from the ROH while you still can, link to the programme is here.Lisa ..... Elena Xanthoudakis (Soprano),Amina ..... Eglise Gutierrez (Soprano),Teresa ..... Elizabeth Sikora (Mezzo-soprano),Elvino ..... Celso Albelo (Tenor),Count Rodolfo ..... Michele Pertusi (Baritone),Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Oren (conductor)It's a strong cast, who can certainly deliver the goods the music promises, i just wish, having seen it in person, that the actual production would have worked with the singers and the music. I've rarely seen such a bland one and the cast and music certainly deserved a better one. It's frustrating to me that belcanto doesn't really get the attention it deserves at this house, better productions, more involved directors, etc. […]

Opera is magic!

2011-10-28 13:06:00

Placido 

Placido

Placido Domingo leaves the stage with his wife after the curtain call of Placido Domingo Celebration at the Royal Opera House after a special performance to celebrate his 40th anniversary with the Royal Opera in London October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Olivia Harris Last night the ROH was a place of love :-) We celebrated Placido's 40 years relationship with the House in the presence of the man himself. And yest again he sang for us and gave himself to stage and audience. I've read the papers today and i have to agree: nobody dies like Placido! It was a night filled with flowers and memories. I cannot speak for his performances at the ROH other than last year's Simon, which was also my first time hearing Placido live, but his voice has been with me for nearly 40 years. As far back as i can think […]

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