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BREAKING NEWS FROM AVERY FISHER HALL:
Tonight dozens of unsuspecting Philharmonic patrons flee the hall as their ears are outraged by mid-twentieth century opera!!! Dallapiccola’s great opera Il Prigioniero made its debut at the Hall and I fear its final presentation as well.
Just unbelievable. Two by two they went, up the aisles and out the sides, as they grimaced and moaned to the ushers their escape. The ushers dutifully and noisily informed them there would be no return and that all exits were final.
Onward and upward with 20th c. music! Oops, oh that’s last millennium, isn’t it?
Amazing. SFO performed it back in 1979, and the audience did not die. Though that may have had something to do with the bizarre triple bill that also included:
La Voix humaine with Magda (the only time I ever got to see her)
Gianni Schicchi with Taddei and Fedora Barbieri (the only time I ever got to see them.
It might have been the case the SFO audience in 1979 was better medicated…
The New York Philharmonic audience is notoriously the worst in the world. You see better manners at Wrestlemania.
Gianni Schicchi, if one peruses the annals of the Metropolitan Opera as an example, has had many a mighty strange bedfellow, perhaps Salome is my personal fave.
If it had been presented in Podunk, ND, perhaps I would understand it better. Perhaps some of the outraged audience members had had experiences with totalitarian type governments and had family and friends victimized by same. I don’t know when I’ve witnessed such personal affront in an audience.
My goodness I wonder what would have happened had they listened to The Rite of Spring RIOT?
This work suffers in concert situation. Finley really could not illustrate his character’s angst in this, especially near the climactic ending. Maybe he is good in Mozart but this is the second time now I have seen him give a weak impression of a character.
Oh well, back to recordings. Unlikely I shall get to hear it again.
But IL PRIGIONIERO was written as a radio opera!
I think it works fine in concert. I thought Finley was excellent Thursday. Most of the audience that night was also very appreciative.
You say to MAH to Nervissima, and I say to MAY to.
I prefer my prisoner staged. Try it sometime. You may even like it!
Baci anche a te!
And they say “eurotrash” is killing opera. No, NO, stupid, stupid people, what is killing opera is THIS. RIGHT HERE. STOP REJECTING CONTEMPORARY OPERA
Liebchen! Darlings! Carini!!!!!!!!
I went last night for the last perf. of this program. I have to say, I did not expect such lyricism from Prokofiev in his Violin Concerto no. 1, which was so beautiful (with Batiashvili, who looked just gorgeous as well).
The Dallapiccolla was a bit harder to take and follow… Somewhat sounded a bit like atonal Puccini. Racette and Finley just sounded wonderful though — and Finley just looks so handsome too. Racette’s voice sounded bigger than ever and the lower/middle registers stronger as well (still the brasses covered her up during the loud climaxes, as well as Finley and anyone else). Never heard of tenor Hoare, but he was wonderful as well.
The audience was fairly well-behaved but yes, lots of deserters mid-performance.
The weather was so bizarre yesterday. During intermission, the setting sun was bright and blinding, whereas there were so many streaks of dark clouds above. A huge contrast of purples and oranges.
Cara Castafiore, where were you sitting @ AF Hall, if you please?
Egregia Signora Camillerrima!!!!!!
Irma and I sat high above, in box BB last night. Were you at the performance last week?
Mille baci a te!!!!!!!
PS: Are you in town?????
Here today and fone tomorrow, Cara Castafiordiligi.
Now I am suspecting that a part of my lack of enthusiasm was due to my parsimony. Sat too far back, perhaps.
In either case, neither one had the dramatic voice nor intenzione nor crisp diction which I look for in this work, done too infrequently.
Hoping that all goes well in the Sea of Love with Ol’ Captain.
OOOOps.I did make a rarev errpor..re”DVD I should have said he ruined ITALIAN opera recordings…but even on the other,the voice has nowhere the rickness of a Prey or a Schoeffler..and he has a top range that is disconnected from the middle. He was an artist and an interpreter.The Video Arabella is nice but the sound of the voice to me was never anything special in the way people place him above God…He is just one of the singers “I do not get.”We all have them..Remember Callas?????
Actually I think fewer than 10 singers are NOT to my liking..and that is a miniscule no.as compared to the THOUSANDS in my collection.
Does everyone here love everyone??????
Wagner = brain and Verdi = heart?
Just FYI, I didn’t click “like” button because it’s missing its signature blue lights and that cutest penguin…
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