A glimpse of Il mondo della luna, the Gotham Chamber Opera production opening tonight at NYC’s Hayden Planetarium.
Oh yes! I will be there. Is there a better idea than Opera in the Planetarium? I don’t think so.
All that modern technology! Like neon hoola hoops.
Is NYC ready for it????
Something else I heard about but then allowed to slip from my mind--and now it’s sold out. Damn.
speaking of sold-out, Carmen has sold out for the past 4 performances right? so that’s around 16,000 people. im angry i wasn’t part of that 16000, for yannick, mostly, but im happy that the met sold out the cast A run. hopefully there were a lot of youngins…and hopefully some new converts.
I literally bought the last ticket at 1 AM this morning. Yay! Last time that happened to me was Netrebko in Puritani.
for thoes of you in NY, have you noticed who’s coming to sing in february? there are concerts with makvala kasrashvili, kathleen battle (!!!), june anderson (!!!!) and bernarda fink.
June Anderson??? Details please?
does anyone know what makvala is going to be singing ? the advert postcard does not say.
has anyone here heard ms. fink? any opinions?
Lucky Pierre: Ms. Fink is a singer I would highly recommend. She’s a very polished artist with a communicative style who makes much of the words. A few recent reviews suggest that the absolute bloom is beginning to come off her voice (she’s been performing a long time), but she’s very much more as an artist than a beautiful voice, although she certainly has that. I would hear her at any opportunity.
Fink, by all means. I heard her Tancredi two years ago, fabulous. June Anderson, on the other hand, does not need the glaminator, and she is in top shape.
Bernarda Fink is one of the most gifted and versatile singers of my generation. Of course, she doesn’t have a voice for the “barn” and she doesn’t do late 19th century rep, so some will not consider her to be a singer AT ALL. But she is a very great singer, nevertheless, and as daviddc said, a real artist.
This is NOT for people who can’t have Bach, though I have to remark I can’t understand it, as for me Bach is synonymous with the whole idead of music.
ok, here’s some more info on the makvala event (mrs. claggart got me all intrigued about this lady):
BTW: Mme. Kasrashvili I think has divided her time between New Jersey and Moscow. She sang some Toscas in Asbury Park (she may live there). I also saw Kasrashvili as Amneris with NJ State Opera under the baton of the late Alfredo Silipigni in Newark. The Aida was Daniela Longhi and George Fortune was Amonasro. She is also a regular in these “Great Artists of Russia” galas that crop up every other year or so.
Did they ever do opera at the Saint?
I seem to have some recollection of an all-black disco “Coronation of Poppea” that was done either at the Palladium or at Xenon. It was sung in English. This may have been like the early eighties or late seventies? Definitely at a time when Donna Summer wasn’t yet a retro nostalgia artist.
Thanks to the Times online the disco “Poppea” was at Xenon in 1982 and scored for electronic rock instruments with rock singers. Was anyone there?
I was there. The director had the idea that Monteverdi’s orchestration was so minimal that disco/rock was no more far-fetched than any other approach. It had a colorful cast (not all black) and was a fun but not compelling show. The final duet should wipe you out, and I don’t recall that happening. I just remembered the director’s name: John Haber. Lost to AIDS before anyone would learn whether he was as gifted as he was enthusiastic.
Fink in one of Bach’s most inspired cantatas…A very fine singer, I would say.
Such a sublime piece. Would love to hear it sung by a good contralto.
Fink’s “Priva son d’ogni conforto” is an almost overwhelming experience.
Not a patch on dear “Klever Kaff”!
Who is the guy in the white costume at the beginning of the video?
This looks like so much fun. And the idea of opera at the Hayden Planetarium is brilliant.
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