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Subject: Re: America's Opera Problem?"/ a/k/a "There is no life without Lutetia wall."
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 5 Jun 2017 19:42:38 +0000

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Your snobbery and obtuseness are absurd.
Trinity Church is not just 'a church' but a major edifice with a world-class music program using professional musicians. We are not talking about someone playing the Four Seasons and Mozart Adagios in Parisian parish churches.
One doesn't need frequent flier miles to get to Boston from NYC, there are trains and very inexpensive, comfortable buses w/WiFi and bathrooms.
Different cities have different opera seasons for a variety of reasons.
Opera-loving New Yorkers do not need frequent flyer miles to get to staged opera in June or July or even August: there is NYCO (ANGELS), Onsite Opera (Milhaud's LA MERE COUPABLE), the Princeton (FIDELIO) , Bard (DIMITRIJ), Glimmerglass (PORGY, SERSE, L'ASSEDIO DI CALAIS), and Caramoor (IL PIRATA) festivals ( also Phoenicia, presenting John Osborn's role debut in BOHEME this Summer, with Mireille Asselin and Lucas Meacham, plus a world premiere version of LES TROIS MOUSQUETAIRES) and usually some performances at Mostly Mozart (semi-staged DON GIOVANNI this time) beside concert readings at the Philharmonic and Tanglewood ( both doing RHEINGOLD this year) and Bard (Moniuszko's HALKA). To start...

*Or basta.*

      From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
 To: [log in to unmask]; David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> 
 Sent: Monday, June 5, 2017 3:12 PM
 Subject: Re: America's Opera Problem?
On Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:53:04 +0000, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> 

>Looking at my calendar I realized I left something out of my account of the 
emptiness Frank diagnoses (from afar) in the American opera scene right now.
>Besides RHEINGOLD and Campra's LE CARNIVAL DE VENISE, this week I also 
hear NYCO's NYC premiere (lest you pounce, there have already been several US 
iterations, Frank!) of Eotvos' ANGELS IN AMERICA with a promising cast staged by 
Sam Helfrich.
>Bonne semaine a tous!

Hello David and thanks for the information. I saw the first performance of Angels 
at Chatelet (the theater commissioning the work) in 2004. It was one of the 
important plays of recent memory and the opera was widely produced. It is good 
news that New York (where the story is located) is finally able to hear this work. 
My earlier post was just noting opera events in the immediate Paris area (not 
including even Versailles) and only major, professional productions. I see that the 
first two operas you mentioned earlier were not in New York but in South Carolina 
but I can also note that Francesconi's "Trompe-la-Mort" was given its world 
premiere in March as part of the regular season at the Paris Opera.  
I would not list the many semi- or non-professional events scattered in churches 
throughout Paris every day. You Alioti work is not an opera, was not staged and 
was in one of the many churches in New York and the Donizetti was in a 250 seat 
theater. The Campra work was staged with a nice cast but up in Boston? Many 
opera fans here have not your reserve of frequent-flyer miles. (Although many 
opera companies in France are finished before June, there is still an important June 
list if you are interested, some 29 operas).
Best, Frank


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