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Let not the warm days of spring tempt you too far away from this week’s discussion of off-topic and general interest subject, cher public!

225 comments

  • bluecabochon says:

    Was anyone else at SIEGFRIED today? I missed the chat as I was in the house for the performance. Not much was different from my last time seeing it and the machine functioned without incident, except Jay HMo seemed to lose his footing crossing the planks in scissor mode before he got to Brunnhilde’s rock. He seemed unhurt but was extra-careful on the Machine afterward. The only person I’ve seen negotiate the machine without any (apparent) fear is Terfel, jumping across planks with ease.

    Voigt was quite shrill but she has a warm, feminine presence, and she and Jay go so well together. Jay maintained good energy throughout and only occasionally seemed overpowered by the brass. It’s a nasal tone but there is so much to love about what he does with the role that I forgive it. Terfel was commanding, but I think was in fresher voice when I last heard him this past winter. The current Forest Bird sounded muffled and it was harder to hear her (in the Grand Tier, thank you, Lord -- if ony I could sit there always) than I recall during Erdmann’s outing.

    Flame away, but there is a pinched edge to Eric Owen’s singing that just doesn’t agree with me. I’m sure that there is a musical term for it, but I don’t know what it is, and I’m frustrated by it. There is richness and volume, but also another element that grates in the higher range of his voice. Someone, help me out here. I will be hearing in the concert Salome in May and have liked him so far, but today I heard something different that bothered me. Maybe it was simply an acting choice.

    Siegel and Konig were wonderful, as usual, and Bardon again disappointed as Erda. At least none of the obsidian-like pieces of her costume fell off as she essayed her role and took her bow; usually there’s a trail of shiny fragments on the floor in her wake. What an impossible costume to negotiate, though it’s interesting idea, making her look like an element.

    Luisi led competently, I suppose, but I do miss the way Levine could bring out the score in ways that made you tingle, perhaps at the expense of the singers, but it was oh, so satisfying. I have heard Luisi conduct many times this season, but those musically transcendent moments don’t seem to happen for me, and in the Ring, that’s a problem. The horns were in better shape today, which was a plus, and I had a great view of the pit, always a good place to turn one’s attention after one has seen enough of the fluttering leaves and running water.

    The last scene between Siegfried and Brunni seemed longer than ever; maybe I have reached my maximum tolerance for this production, as it was a very long afternoon.

    Curtain calls were quite thunderous, and there was a lot of cheering and happy screaming. :)

    • brooklynpunk says:

      Great Review, BlueC..!!

      …we all missed ya, in the chat….!

      • bluecabochon says:

        Thanks, BP! I missed you all, but a girl has to get out of the house sometime (at least this girl who works at home does).

  • zinka says:

    Birthday Apr.22, 1935..Voice live sounded MIKED..It was phenomenal…..really a great singer..BUT stay away from recent stuff on youtube..you will plotz……………..

  • zinka says:

    Unbearably sad to die at 41..Ferrier born Apr.22, 1912..Bless Her!

  • zinka says:

    In case you have been living in Fafner’s cave…and never heard this brand of fabulous singing..TOTALLY absent today..at least in NY..Here it is: