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Subject: Re: Rosenkavalier - Met 13 May 2017
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 16 May 2017 08:20:57 -0500
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Andrew, can you be more specific about what you disliked. I accept that
some or many might not like the production but I just think it is
interesting to know why they dislike it.

On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 8:03 AM, Andrew Penkalo <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> The production is despicable, another piece of garbage that Gelb has put
> on the stage.
>
>
> On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 01:26 AM, Sergio Da Silva wrote:
>
> Well I attended in the house some weeks ago and found it despicable (you
>> can search the archive to read what I had to say), glad you liked it.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 14, 2017, at 3:49 PM, gordon young  wrote:
>>>
>>> Sometimes (often) I wonder if I receive all of the messages from opera-l,
>>> have there been no comments on yesterday’s Rosenkavalier? I enjoyed it
>>> immensely especially the production. It might be argued that the
>>> production
>>> might have taken away some ability to concentrate on the musical
>>> elements.  Garanca’s
>>> Octavian was a charming sexy teenager and one could understand why the
>>> Marschallin was attracted to him. Fleming’s portrayal of the Marschallin
>>> was excellent as was Morley’s Sophie.
>>>
>>> There were so many little subtle elements in telling the story that gave
>>> depth to the characters. One of my favorites was at the end of the opera
>>> as
>>> the Maschallin was leaving the stage. As she left and took the arm of her
>>> escort she looked at him suggesting that she had chosen her new lover.
>>>
>>> The beauty of the production was perfect even the last act in the
>>> brothel.
>>> My only reservation was that the paintings decorating the room were not
>>> Viennese but late 19th century French paintings by Bouguereau. The small
>>> audience where I see these performances laughed at the silly goings on in
>>> this scene. Loved that the Madam was a transvestite and the transvestite
>>> band. Were some of the elements too sophisticated for some audiences?
>>>
>>> Musically I felt the final trio was a let down but the duet between
>>> Sophie
>>> and Octavian was lovely.
>>>
>>> On Sat, May 13, 2017 at 6:29 PM, tom ponti  wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Glad to hear that Rene was so good today. I never saw her live but
>>>> always
>>>> enjoyed her on TV and You Tube, and thought she was somewhat underrated
>>>> here. Like Freni, who sang and sounded so well in her fifties, Rene
>>>> seemed
>>>> very careful to sing roles well suited for her voice.  Good for her!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ________________________________
>>>> From: Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of Bob Rideout
>>>> Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:02 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: [OPERA-L] Rosenkavalier - Met 13 May 2017
>>>>
>>>> As heard on WQXR
>>>>
>>>> VERY brief
>>>>
>>>> "Die silberne Ros'n' was extraordinarily beautiful as was the opening
>>>> line
>>>> of the final trio. Fleming's delivery of those moments, and, in fact, of
>>>> the
>>>> whole role, were worthy of the enormous ovation she received. I shall
>>>> remember her vocalism today as among the defining musical experiences
>>>> of my life. Her vocal health, at the age of 58, is astounding.
>>>>
>>>> The rest of it was ordinary, erasing no memories, and less well
>>>> delivered
>>>> than many I've heard. Polenzani and the conducting were particularly
>>>> dsappointing. I enjoyed the afternoon, because I love the opera, and
>>>> despite its musical deficiencies.
>>>>
>>>> Bob
>>>>
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