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Subject: Re: Twelve Operatic Masterpieces You May Not Know
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:34:10 +0000
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Along the same lines you could consider a Rimsky-Korsakov opera. 
Although not often staged, they are usually very entertaining with 
delightful music. Many non opera-lovers, after hearing his music, have 
asked me "why don't they do him more often?"

There is a good DVD of The Golden Cockerel (Le coq d'or), conducted by 
Gergiev.

Rich

------ Original Message ------
From: "Vesna Danilovic" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 12/21/2017 9:01:28 AM
Subject: Re: Twelve Operatic Masterpieces You May Not Know

>A quick followup. My partner, who is not as much of a seasoned 
>opera-lover
>as most on this forum and probably representative of the audience who 
>will
>attend this course, said that the 19th century opera is more appealing 
>than
>any other period to his ears. He also noticed the absence of Russian 
>operas
>and suggested Glinka, whom he listened to on my advice, and very much 
>liked
>his A LIFE FOR THE TSAR.
>
>I missed to mention that ARIADNE AUF NAXOS could be a good choice for
>Richard Strauss, IMO. Not entirely obscure for sure, but also not as
>well-known as DER ROSENKAVALIER. It's also witty which is another plus 
>if
>you are looking for something more light-hearted.
>
>Vesna
>
>On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 9:57 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
>wrote:
>
>>On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 5:48 PM, Roger Brunyate 
>><[log in to unmask]>
>>wrote:
>>
>>>Dear All,
>>>I am preparing a course for adults entitled TWELVE OPERATIC 
>>>MASTERPIECES
>>>YOU MAY
>>>NOT KNOW. Twelve two-hour sessions, in each of which I will introduce 
>>>a
>>>different work and
>>>play substantial sections. I have made a provisional list below, but
>>>would dearly like advice
>>>in refining it.
>>>
>>
>>This sounds like a fabulous seminar! I'm sure they'll love it. My
>>suggestions below are not *major* masterpieces, but still remarkable 
>>works
>>of art, IMO.
>>
>>Handel: ORLANDO (Herzog/Christie, Zurich) — or other Handel?
>>>
>>
>>THEODORA - The '96 Glyndebourne production has a great cast, the
>>incomparable Lorraine Hunt Lieberson with Daniels, Croft, Upshaw;
>>Christie/Sellars.
>>
>>
>>>Rossini: LE COMTE ORY (Sher/Benini, Met) — or other less-known 
>>>Rossini?
>>>
>>
>>The Zurich OTELLO  could be an alternative (it’s not funny, of course, 
>>but
>>then I don’t find operas too funny even when written as comedies). 
>>Cast;
>>Bartoli with the remarkable lineup of tenors (Osborn, Camarena,
>>Rocha), Tang/
>>
>>
>>>Shostakovitch: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (Winge/Anissimov, Barcelona)
>>>
>>
>>It's a fine choice, but if I may suggest an alternative presentation: 
>>1966
>>film version under the title  KATERINA IZMAILOVA, featuring 
>>Vishenvskaya.
>>Her performance, both vocal and theatrical, was so powerful that I 
>>can't
>>imagine anyone to be left indifferent. It stayed with me for days...
>>
>>There is not enough comedy. By excluding Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner, I
>>>have left a big gap
>>>in the mid-19th century, especially in the Italian repertoire. If I 
>>>get
>>>some good suggestions,
>>>I can certainly reduce the number of pre-Mozartian and early 
>>>20th-century
>>>operas.
>>>
>>
>>A couple of possibilities:
>>
>>Boito, MEFISTOFELE - Ramey, Benackova, Arena/Carsen, San Francisco, 
>>late
>>80s. People respond differently to this production, I happen to like 
>>it
>>very much and personally prefer the older version with Ramey over the 
>>more
>>recent revival with Abdrazakov (though A. was quite good as well).
>>
>>Cilea, ADRIANA LECOUVREUR - Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Elder/McVicar, 2010
>>London. This opera might not be unknown but I don’t think it has been
>>performed in the states as often or as recently as expected for the
>>standard repertoire.
>>
>>Or a lesser known Verdi opera...
>>
>>For the earlier period, if there  is a room for Gluck, then I think a 
>>good
>>option for his lesser known but very fine opera could be IPHIGENIE EN
>>AULIDE - DVD from Amsterdam has a stunning cast (von Otter, Gens, 
>>Antoun,
>>Teste) with Minkowski conducting and a very interesting production by 
>>Audi.
>>
>>All suggestions will be gratefully received, especially if they come 
>>with
>>>specific DVD
>>>recommendations.
>>>Thanks! Roger.
>>
>>
>>Vesna
>>
>
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