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Subject: Re: Melot
From: Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:05:54 -0400
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I completely agree with your last comment.  Otherwise I'm willing to 
give directors leeway, especially until I have seen the piece myself.

Kathy Boyce
New Hampshire

www.cafepress.com/operabayreuth

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And the night shall be filled with music......        Longfellow

On 9/27/16, 9:05 AM, donald kane wrote:
> That's the way it is.  Rattle should have rebelled; the Prelude says 
> all that needs to be said in anticipation of the opera's opening; the 
> projections add
> nothing.
>
> Actually there is a shepherd's tune, sung by no one in particular, (a 
> boy keeps
> wandering about the stage all through the act, who is supposed to be 
> the young Tristan, adding to the confusion, not to mention a 
> hallucinatory "flashback" that,
> seems to represents a glimpse of Tristan's boyhood home) but there's 
> still that off-stage vacuum swallowing up the debut of Alex Richardson 
> who ought to be heard, if not seen, singing the shepherd's tune.
>
> I leave it to someone else to delineate all the infelicities of this 
> staging, but might mention the frequent directorial annoyance of 
> placing an important
> singer performing one of a work's highlights so far to one side of the 
> stage that a good number of patrons are forced to bend forward in 
> order to see it - in this case the Liebestod! No excuse for that.
>
> dtmk
>
>
>
> dtmk
>
> On Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 12:38 AM, Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     I'm sorry - but good singing, good orchestra, but no gold curtain?
>     Really?
>
>     Kathy Boyce
>     New Hampshire
>
>     www.cafepress.com/operabayreuth
>     <http://www.cafepress.com/operabayreuth>
>
>     [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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>     And the night shall be filled with music...... Longfellow
>
>
>     On 9/27/16, 12:30 AM, donald kane wrote:
>
>         His name is Neal Cooper, and it's his debut - poor guy doesn't
>         even get to
>         deliver the mortal wound to Tristan, who simply stabs himself
>         at the end of
>         Act Two!   That does it for Wagner's idea of opening Acts One
>         And Three with
>         a couple of scene setting, atmospheric tenor bits - what
>         happens in this
>         misbegotten production is the elimination of the second role
>         altogether -
>         no shepherd in Act Three!  Be that as it may, I have always
>         had a problem
>         with the Met's insistence on putting "off-stage" voices so far
>         off stage
>         that they are just about inaudable;  Brangaene, tonight,
>         suffered this
>         practice the most: one
>         of this opera's supreme inspirations went for nothing, unless
>         you're
>         impressed
>         by projected swirling clouds; .even the chorus lost most of
>         the exciting
>         impact it should have as Act One closes.  There is; as
>         expected, no
>         curtain; will it survive this season?    If I had to choose
>         between
>         ascending clusters of crystal, and the great gold curtain -
>         but why should
>         I have to choose?  There's seldom much gained by substituting
>         that big
>         black hole.  Pretty good singing for
>         the most part, and a thrilling orchestral performance,
>         otherwise, a mess.
>
>         dtmk
>
>
>         On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 8:29 PM, David M. Wagner
>         <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>             I'm liking the performance, but who's that ratchetty tenor
>             Melot? Where
>             are the great baritone Melots (Uhde, Weikl)? Or even
>             first-class tenor
>             Melots like William Lewis?
>
>             And where are the commentators who understand this is an
>             important
>             character? No full cast was given after Act II - rather,
>             everyone *but*
>             Melot.
>
>             Yes, in some of the medieval sources Melot is a dwarf, but
>             Wagner did not
>             go that route, and Melot should not sound like Mime, and a
>             weak one at that.
>
>             So who was he?
>
>             -David Wagner
>
>
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