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Subject: America's Opera Problem?
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 4 Jun 2017 01:11:55 +0000

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Thank you, Frank, for reifying what I said about your world-view. ( The introduction of Trump into this discussion is absurd: casting doubt on your narrow, ill-informed view of the US musical scene  has nothing to do with supporting Trump, shudder.)
Trapped in the barren Yankee wasteland far from your all-seeing gaze, I have managed in the last week to see the US stage premiere of Vivaldi's FARNACE with Anthony Roth Costanzo and Kiera Duffy, the US premiere  of Luca Francesconi's QUARTETT (Milan, 2011), and-- in New York--the Western Hemisphere premiere of Bonaventura Alioti's 1687 SANTA ROSALIA with Johanette Zomer, the US premiere of Donizetti's LA ZINGARA plus two Met Orchestra concerts led by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Susan Graham and Matthew Polenzani in DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN and Karen Cargill and Stuart Skelton in DAS LIED VON DER ERDE.
This coming week features the NY Phil's DAS RHEINGOLD with Eric Owens, Jamie Barton, Christopher Purves and Russell Thomas as well as the North American premiere of Campra's LE CARNIVAL DE VENISE with Amanda Forsythe and Karina Gauvin.
It's like watching paint dry, waiting for the daily milk train to pass by.
A plus tard - David 

From:    Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>Subject: Re: America's Opera Problem?

On Thu, 1 Jun 2017 20:54:25 +0000, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>=20=

>Perhaps, Frank, it's that people are discouraged to go to the opera here=
, knowing=20
(from your postings here) that everything significant is happening elsewh=
>Just a thought.

Yes, David, you can be proud of and celebrate your new leader and his act=
suppression of anything factual and cultural. Congratulations! Meanwhile,=
 in the=20
decadent confines of France, there will be the first staged performance i=
n Europe=20
jn 150 years of Hal=E9vy=92s "La Reine de Chypre" at the TCE on the 7th a=
nd Saint-
Sa=EBns=92 "Le Timbre d=92 Argent" staged at the Comique (9-19 June). Con=
performances of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne=92s "Ph=E8dre" (1786) will be at th=
e Bouffes du=20
Nord from the 8th to 11th. (Love this theater's "distressed" look. It was=
 seen in the=20
movie Aria.) Over at the Paris Opera it is the usual stuff, Onegin, Rigol=
Cenerentola, Carmen.

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