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West side, east side

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“Broadly speaking, there are two types of New Yorkers: the ones who say ‘I’m going to the Met’ meaning ‘I’m going to see an opera’ and the ones to whom the phrase means ‘I’m finally going to see those Piero della Francescas everyone has been talking about.’  Recently, though, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” [New York Observer]

47 comments

  • grimoaldo says:

    I think almost everyone in the chat was listening to Rodelinda, Grane, I did not see any comments about “What a great show” with reference to Enchanted Island.
    Two oft-quoted British sources on this site reviews for Rodelinda -
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/10669831/Rodelinda-ENO-review.html
    By Rupert Christiansen
    “How pleasant to review a performance which for once lives up to ENO’s much-vaunted claim to showcase the best of British. An opera written in London, with a native cast, conductor and director – three patriotic cheers!”
    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/culturehousedaily/2014/03/new-production-of-rodelinda-opens-at-eno-and-offers-the-best-and-worst-of-opera/

    Boy, the crap that opera’s allowed to get away with. The mime, the mugging, the movement, the ideas….Theatre wouldn’t have got away with it. Daytime telly wouldn’t have got away with it. Even the Chuckle Brothers, I reckon, might have thought twice about some of these routines. But apparently it’s absolutely fine to stuff Handel’s Rodelinda with tripe.”

    Richard Jones, by the way, is one of my favourite directors and I would love to see this show, in the chat is was said it will be filmed, so I am not indicating agreement with the Spectator’s POV.

    • armerjacquino says:

      God, that Spectator piece is beyond embarrassing. All that buzzfeed stuff with the snide captions (which, by the way, you could do about any production shot of anything) then he just gives up at the end and more or less says ‘some of it was good the rest was rubbish can I go home now’.

    • m. croche says:

      Apparently they’re allowed to sing in opera as well. In fact there’s hardly a normal, proper English word spoken the entire time. That just jellies my eels.

    • Regina delle fate says:

      The Spectator “review” is not by its regular opera critic, but a by an attention-seeking know-next-to-nothing blogger who gives this august magazine a bad name. When the proper review appears, I expect it will be rather more measured and insightful. Grim -- the Jones Rodelinda is not perhaps his very best work, but it’s an interesting take on the piece and the singing is pretty good. Rupert’s on the money on this occasion, even though his “patriotism” can get a bit tiresome….

  • Rory Williams says:

    AJ: OT this thread but just wanted to say, thanks for the reco on Mitchell & Webb. Turns out there’s boatload on YouTube. Laffing my butt off rite now! Sometime you have to tell me which are yours. Rory

  • Uninvolved Bystander says:

    O/T. Barry Banks has posted on his FB page that Gerard Mortier has passed away.