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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 22:35:51 +0000

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 Thank you, Frank. I do, when life circumstances permit ( I had to cancel my April trip) spend time in France, where several family members live. I know how much musical/operatic life there is not only in Paris but other major cities as well. 

There are many things wrong with American life at present but  I do think there is much more going on here than you could possibly realize from afar.
Almost all the operas I see I see as a professional reviewer, a job description some around here tend to revile. I therefore only rarely post reviews here.  I can be found in most issues of OPERA NEWS, OPERA, OPÉRA MAGAZINE, OPERNWELT and CLASSICAL MUSIC NORTH AMERICA and GAY CITY NEWS- this last has no paywall online.
I have no luck as posting urls here, but my GCN columns can easily be found under the "Music and Dance" rubric at the paper's website. Mainly Met shows- HOLLAENDER, ROSENKAVALIER, AIDA, WERTHER w/Borras, FIDELIO-- but also some recitals including Schwanewilms ( excellent) and Juilliard's AGRIPPINA.
Cheers - David

      From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
 To: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> 
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 Sent: Monday, June 5, 2017 4:06 PM
 Subject: Re: America's Opera Problem?"/ a/k/a "There is no life without Lutetia wall."
David, I have to agree that your summer list is impressive and suggests that there is a vitality to opera in America, particularly strong with the rare (I have always liked the Moniuszko). So we do not have to continue (whew!). I hope we can hear some reports from these venues on Opera-l.  Frank 
> Message du 05/06/17 21:42
> De : "David Shengold" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Objet : Re: America's Opera Problem?"/ a/k/a "There is no life without Lutetia wall."

 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...


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