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Subject: Re: Subject: Re: An Opera-L Christmas: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky, Puts, Leroux
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:38:45 -0500
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Georges Thill, "Cantique de Noël" (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS8G_LyYlso)

On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 9:33 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I can't do just one!
>
> John McCormack - Adeste Fidelis
> Leontyne Price - O Holy Night, We Three Kings with Karajan
> Joan Sutherland - Deck the Halls, The Twelve days of Christmas
> The Pavarotti O Holy Night album - All of it
> Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - The First Noel
> Every note of the Kings College Albums (England)
>
> There are lots more but these'll do.
>
> Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holiday Season to you all.
>
> Bob
>
> On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 09:19 donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > 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
> > of
> > 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
> > (holiday-
> > wise) ZAUBERFLOTE and HANSEL & GRETEL.
> >
> > 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
> > "what's
> > your favorite recording of a Christmas song by an opera singer?"
> >
> > dtmk
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > 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
> > > VAKULA THE SMITH/KUZNETS VAKULA (1876), revised as TCHEREVICHKI/THE
> > GOLDEN
> > > SLIPPERS (1885) and Rimsky's CHRISTMAS EVE/ NOCH' PERED ROZHDESTVOM
> > (1895),
> > > 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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