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Are you ready for la bellezza scaligera?!!
I am just too busy to blog and there would be many things to blog about: Rusalka and Wozzeck from Basel (great!), a few superb shows from Berlin, a couple of excellent concerts from Paris, great Alcina from Dresden... I will NOT blog about the tragically bad new productions from Paris, such as Faust or/and La Forza del destino.
BUT, tonite is the night of La Prima della Prima:
from La Scala. I was told it was not inventive (after Calixto Bieito, Martin Kusej, and Dmitri Tcherniakov it is hard to keep up the quality level) but Robert Carsen shows are always intelligent and pleasant to see. Plus a superb cast will make us forget one of the biggest let-downs in recent years -- the live broadcast of Don Giovanni from The Met.
Tonight's cast should be great: beside our faves,
, we will enjoy the wonderful
Arte @ 20:15 et on ouvre une boutelle de
my new fave French wine
Radio live broadcast
Edit: I am speechless: 2400 €/seat for la prima of Don Giovanni! Mann
Boy do I love this opera!!!
Peter the Great
Apparently the Loggionisti are ready to boo two singers on the curtain calls tonight (just heard on the Rai radio -- no name was mentioned)!
... I guess?!
Weirdly enraged Masetto...
Always beautifully singing Anna Prohaska -- I wonder if she has enough power to fill up La Scala...
Donna Netrebko and Don Filianoti
Filianoti has become a great actor.
Spontaneous and remarkable in every sense of the word --
although this role is not exactly fitting his voice.
Or sai chi l'onore! Anna Netrebko!
Anna ??????? Netrebko! --
Or sai chi l'onore
Peter's effortless wonderful singing -- a real treat!
Anna dominates... She deserves every bit of the global praise she receives... and more!
Pleasant show so far, with the party scene cleverly staged. I guess the constraint of having to please the La Scala crowd weighed quite a bit in what Carsen did here.
Zero risk, no audacity, rehashing his old formulas... that invariably work with crowd
Or sai chi l'onore
to keep for future generations...
And just when Barenboim was about to start Act-2, the crowd was finishing clapping, and someone objected "Lento!" What standard does he have in mind?! Even if it was slow, how uncouth do you have to be to say that out loud at that very moment?!
Donna Elvira Frittoli
This is where the innate musicality makes difference...
It seems like Filianoti might the one to soak a pile of boos from la loggione tonight...
Ah mio tesoro -- this is definitely not a role for you
Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata... -
LOL @ Carsen: Il commendatore is singing from the presidential box -- right between Napolitano and Mario Monti! Ha
Left upper angle is a mirror reflection of Commendatore who sings omenously from the prez box
Yes, the game with mirrors help helps Carsen emphasizing his usual statement: theater is life, and life is theater. Warlikowski was the first to play with that as far as I know -- Just saying! ;)
Donna Elvira joins in for a meal...
Always great - Kwangchul Youn... You noticed maestro's hand, didn't you?!
I liked Claus Guth Don Giovanni for its numerous qualities, including the fact that the epilogue was cut off. To me this is simply redundant. What's the point?! To moralize? To make sure everyone gets the story the "right way"?! The show would be more efficient without it... BUT Carsen cleverly steps in and makes the final twist... and saves his show ;)
Ovations for Frittoli, and especially for Anna Netrebko (flower showered), Peter Mattei and Bryn Terfel.
Only a few boos for Carsen and I don't understand why for such a tamed (yet pleasant) show... None of the singers was booed. Good!
Second show and a much better night for Filianoti
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