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Subject: Re: Subject: Re: An Opera-L Christmas: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky, Puts, Leroux
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:18:58 -0500

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If I had been more impressed by SILENT NIGHT than I was when watching
it on TV, I might have remembered, and mentioned it, though it is still not
what I would call "standard".  What I am well pleased with, is the reminder
the two operas by Tschaikowsky and by Rimsky-Korsakoff.  There is much
delightful music in both of them, and an enterprising American Opera House
ought to consider such works at this season instead of the irrelevant

My other question, the one that seems to interest no one but myself, is
doomed, as expected, no matter how carefully OPERA_RELATED it may
be, to remain unanswered.

Oh well, (that rhymes with something!) it's still not too late to ask
your favorite recording of a Christmas song by an opera singer?"


On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 6:23 AM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Not standard repertory, but  the Russian rep can boast also Tchaikovsky's
> both based on the same Gogol' tale in which Xmas eve and Xmas morning
> figure in the fantastic plot.
> Stravinsky's father Fyodor created small bass roles in both KUZNETS VAKULA
> and NOCH' PERED ROZHDESTVOM. TCHEREVICHKI, done in 2009 by Covent Garden,
> was done by NYCO circa 1958 with Richard Cassilly  and Jean Fenn. Then
> house soprano Beverly Sills did Oksana ( the female lead) for one
> performance and- as she relates in her 'friendly" autobiography ( not the
> score settling one) - having sung all evening about how much she wanted the
> slippers, danced right out of them in the final scene, leaving them visible
> onstage).
> And let's not forget Kevin Puts's very enjoyable and Pulitzer
> Prize-winning SILENT NIGHT, based on a movie about the 1914 spontaneous
> armistice between German, French and English soldiers, premiered by
> Minnesota Opera in 2011 and since heard in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Fort
> Worth, Calgary, Wexford, Cincinnati, Detroit, Winston-Salem, Atlanta and
> San Jose. That's a pretty impressive track record for a contemporary opera.
> Glimmerglass is staging it this summer, conducted by Nicole Paiement.
> Another opera set during  (the  then-ongoing) WW I is Xavier Leroux's LES
> CADEAUX DE NOEL (THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS), premiered at the Opera-Comique in
> 1915 by a cast including Ninon Vallin and Henri Albers. It was a success
> and was heard in several other cities including Milan, Rome, Monte-Carlo,
> Rio de Janiero and Montevideo. I don't know if it's ever been done in North
> America. In 1919, the Met staged Leroux's earller opera LA REINE FIAMMETTE
> ( 1903, Opera-Comique starring Mary Garden and Belgian tenor Adolphe
> Marechal, who in fact created Jean in LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE DAME as well as
> Julien in LOUISE) in 1919 for Geraldine Farrar, the cast unsurprisingly
> including the Met's stalwart French bass Leon Rothier as well as Adamo
> Didur and Hippolito Lazaro under Pierre Monteux in his 'first' Met career.
> Happy Christmas Eve - David Shengold

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