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I’ve been working on the regie road

Remember, remember, the first of November, the Occupy regie and quiz! In fact, it required only a few hours of that fateful day for spiderman to identify the opera in question. It was indeed Verdi’s Macbeth, in a staging by Ivo van Hove for the Opéra de Lyon. Another puzzler, this one “period” in style, follows the jump.

36 comments

  • 21
    Dave Yaney says:

    Giordano’s Siberia
    1. Prince Alexis surprises Vassili and Stephana in a tete-a-tete.
    2. Stephana arrives at the frontier to accompany Vassili into Siberian exile.
    3. Vassili in the process of escaping.

  • 22
    Pat. C. says:

    Long hair hero in the first photo , Prisoners and soldiers. Temptress looking like a mezzo =
    Samson et Dalile by Camille Saint-Saëns

  • 23
    Will says:

    La Fanciulla del West because I have seen productions where Minnie arrives in act three on a hand-pump rail car rather than a horse. Failing that, Il Trovatore.

  • 24
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

  • 25
    Hans Lick says:

    EASY CALL!

    It’s obviously Ernani.

    1. Act II: Ernani (disguised as a pilgrim) interrupts Silva and Elvira on their wedding day.

    2. Act I: Silva is enraged to find two men (Ernani and Don Carlo) in his fiancee’s boudoir, although two of them is actually kind of safe — threesomes somehow never occur in Verdi. Regie stagings of Verdi … perhaps.

    3. Act III: Don Carlo, having been elected Holy Roman Emperor, orders all the conspirators shot before the “Charlemagne Election Special” zips him off to his coronation.

    Or could it be The Rake’s Progress after all?
    No; not this time.

  • 26
    Hans Lick says:

    … or No, wait, La Battaglia di Legnano?

  • 27
    roland says:

    Der Prinz von Homburg.

  • 28
    arepo says:

    So obviously Manon Lescaut (or Manon) that it cannot possibly be.(sigh!)
    So I’ll say Andrea Chenier (just because)

  • 29
    brunettino says:

    Handel, Rodelinda

  • 30
    tcjr says:

    die soldaten?

  • 31
    Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Has anyone quessed War and Peace yet?

  • 32
    lucy brown says:

    Has someone set Dr. Zhivago to music? (And would that mean that the book no one ever finished became the movie through which no one ever stayed awake, and then the opera no one ever heard of?)