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2011-08-30 00:59:00

August Opera Challenge Days Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine: Fabulous Fanciulla 

August Opera Challenge Days Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine: Fabulous Fanciulla

I'm combining days twenty eight and twenty nine of the August Opera Challenge, as both posts concern one of my favourite operas, Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. In response to the first question, 'If you could play any role, what would it be?' I'm going for Minnie. Like any opera fan without an operatic voice, I have fantasies about waking up one morning and discovering I'm actually the best singer on the planet. Given the choice of voice classification, I think I'd opt for dramatic soprano (purely for the theatrical potential) and despite harbouring deep desires to sing a Tosca or a Brunhilde, I think I'd be swayed by the opportunity to mess about with guns and have a stage full of men chanting my (character's) name... So sticking with the wild west theme, I'm going to choose Fanciulla for the next instalment of the challenge- 'Opera dream […]

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2011-08-29 22:59:00

August Opera Challenge Days Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine: Fabulous Fanciulla 

August Opera Challenge Days Twenty Eight and Twenty Nine: Fabulous Fanciulla

I'm combining days twenty eight and twenty nine of the August Opera Challenge, as both posts concern one of my favourite operas, Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. In response to the first question, 'If you could play any role, what would it be?' I'm going for Minnie. Like any opera fan without an operatic voice, I have fantasies about waking up one morning and discovering I'm actually the best singer on the planet. Given the choice of voice classification, I think I'd opt for dramatic soprano (purely for the theatrical potential) and despite harbouring deep desires to sing a Tosca or a Brunhilde, I think I'd be swayed by the opportunity to mess about with guns and have a stage full of men chanting my (character's) name... So sticking with the wild west theme, I'm going to choose Fanciulla for the next instalment of the challenge- 'Opera dream cast.' The […]

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2011-08-27 21:02:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Seven: First Favourite Opera 

Without hesitation, my pick for first favourite opera is Verdi's La Traviata. It was the first opera I saw in full- first on film, and then when Scottish Opera came to the Bradford Alhambra. I can't remember much about the Scottish Opera production, but Zeffirelli's film, which I watched with my parents in the late eighties, has always stuck with me. It was my first experience of Domingo, and my first exposure to the wonderful glamour and drama of opera. When I hear the haunting opening chords of the overture today, I am immediately taken back to my childhood and that magical moment when my obsession began. There are so many amazing La Traviatas out there, from the sumptuous Richard Eyre production to the more modern Willy Decker that premiered at Salzburg, but it was the almost obscenely glamorous Zeffirelli film that started everything for me. It turned […]

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Seven: First Favourite Opera

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2011-08-27 19:02:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Seven: First Favourite Opera 

Without hesitation, my pick for first favourite opera is Verdi's La Traviata. It was the first opera I saw in full- first on film, and then when Scottish Opera came to the Bradford Alhambra. I can't remember much about the Scottish Opera production, but Zeffirelli's film, which I watched with my parents in the late eighties, has always stuck with me. It was my first experience of Domingo, and my first exposure to the wonderful glamour and drama of opera. When I hear the haunting opening chords of the overture today, I am immediately taken back to my childhood and that magical moment when my obsession began. There are so many amazing La Traviatas out there, from the sumptuous Richard Eyre production to the more modern Willy Decker that premiered at Salzburg, but it was the almost obscenely glamorous Zeffirelli film that started everything for me. It turned me into […]

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Seven: First Favourite Opera

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2011-08-27 10:48:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Six: Least Favourite Opera Misconception 

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Six: Least Favourite Opera Misconception

My least favourite opera misconception? No, it's not about fat ladies in horned helmets. It's the creation of the common misconception that opera is all about screetchy posturing through the mass marketing of third rate singers who don't actually perform in operas. The misconception often leads to opera/classical novices asking me things like "So you're into opera- do you like Katherine Jenkins?" KJ is obviously not the only offender, but she might be the worst. Oh, and it's not just restricted to singers anymore: And no, you don't get a Youtube clip today. It's too painful.

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2011-08-27 08:48:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Six: Least Favourite Opera Misconception 

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Six: Least Favourite Opera Misconception

My least favourite opera misconception? No, it's not about fat ladies in horned helmets. It's the creation of the common misconception that opera is all about screetchy posturing through the mass marketing of third rate singers who don't actually perform in operas. The misconception often leads to opera/classical novices asking me things like "So you're into opera- do you like Katherine Jenkins?" KJ is obviously not the only offender, but she might be the worst.   Oh, and it's not just restricted to singers anymore: And no, you don't get a Youtube clip today. It's too painful.

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2011-08-26 17:14:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Five: Opera You Would Sell A Kiidney To See 

A year ago I was actually trying to sell a kidney (as well as my soul) to see the ROH Pappano-conducted Tosca with Kaufmann, Gheorghiu and Terfel. Luckily, all it took in the end was a combined twenty eight hours of queueing and I got to see both performances with all of my vital organs still intact. Now that's all over, I'm back to wishing Mephistopheles would pop up and exachange my soul for a ticket to La Scala's upcoming Don Giovanni. From the 7th of December to the 14th of January the world's most famous opera house are staging one of my favourite operas. Daniel Barenboim and Heinz Steffens are conducting, and the casting is amazing. Sadly, Elina Garnaca won't be singing Donna Elvira any more because of her pregnancy, but the rest of the performers and their alternates are still worth the sacrifice: Don […]

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Five: Opera You Would Sell A Kiidney To See

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2011-08-26 15:14:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Five: Opera You Would Sell A Kiidney To See 

A year ago I was actually trying to sell a kidney (as well as my soul) to see the ROH Pappano-conducted Tosca with Kaufmann, Gheorghiu and Terfel. Luckily, all it took in the end was a combined twenty eight hours of queueing and I got to see both performances with all of my vital organs still intact. Now that's all over, I'm back to wishing Mephistopheles would pop up and exachange my soul for a ticket to La Scala's upcoming Don Giovanni. From the 7th of December to the 14th of January the world's most famous opera house are staging one of my favourite operas. Daniel Barenboim and Heinz Steffens are conducting, and the casting is amazing. Sadly, Elina Garnaca won't be singing Donna Elvira any more because of her pregnancy, but the rest of the performers and their alternates are still worth the sacrifice:Don Giovanni- Peter Mattei, Ildebrando […]

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Five: Opera You Would Sell A Kiidney To See

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2011-08-24 12:58:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Four: Best Opera To See Alone 

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Four: Best Opera To See Alone

I don't mind going to the opera alone. Quite often, when I take people with me who don't share my love of it, I find myself getting nervous or apologising for less than amazing performances. This year, I saw the British premiere of Weinberg's The Portrait alone. I was glad no one had come with me- from the moment it started, I knew that nobody I knew would have enjoyed it, and I would have been sitting there worrying about how lost and bored they felt, rather than becoming immersed in the music and the drama myself. The last year has been quite dominated by Wagner, and I've dragged my parents along to a few performances, but I've come to realise that any future performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen might best be enjoyed solo. Wagner isn't everybody's cup of tea. I don't think that, as a rule, […]

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2011-08-24 10:58:00

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Four: Best Opera To See Alone 

August Opera Challenge Day Twenty Four: Best Opera To See Alone

I don't mind going to the opera alone. Quite often, when I take people with me who don't share my love of it, I find myself getting nervous or apologising for less than amazing performances. This year, I saw the British premiere of Weinberg's The Portrait alone. I was glad no one had come with me- from the moment it started, I knew that nobody I knew would have enjoyed it, and I would have been sitting there worrying about how lost and bored they felt, rather than becoming immersed in the music and the drama myself. The last year has been quite dominated by Wagner, and I've dragged my parents along to a few performances, but I've come to realise that any future performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen might best be enjoyed solo. Wagner isn't everybody's cup of tea. I don't think that, as a rule, his works […]

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