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Tall in the saddle

I put together a video just for a bit of fun today, looking at the standard “warhorse” operas that opera companies tend to throw at us year after year, and offering some alternative works that could be offered in their place.

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  • Rowna says:

    And now my 2 cents:
    Here are my top 10 operas that should all be retired for ONE YEAR by all major and regional opera companies, in the order that I think makes the most sense TO ME:
    Magic Flute (too much dialogue and by the time you get to the speaker you are brain dead)
    La Traviata -- the ultimate warhorse
    Cosi -- is always put in just because it requires a reduced cast
    La Boheme -- it needs to rest
    Tosca -- has become a campy affair
    Marriage of Figaro -- If I get bored and have spielkis by the last act what about all those poor companions of the opera lovers?
    Barber of Seville -- just try out a lesser known funny Rossini opera -- I love The Italian Girl in Algiers for one . .
    Faust -- just because
    Lucia -- substitute another great Donizetti opera -- there are so many!
    Aida -- why not put in Don Carlo (if you can afford all those stars for the hard roles. . . or Otello if you can find the right tenor.
    For the additional of 10 operas . . . I can’t say because I have to walk Emma now!

    • Rowna says:

      oops -- i only put in 9 -- well there are many others that could be retired for at least a year or ten. In terms of the few operas that I have seen that I have enjoyed, that are not the warhorses, I would like to see more Menotti, as I think the general public would go to see them. I also agree about The Ballad of Baby Doe, with someone other than Ms Meade. What about Lisette Oropesa? I just saw a fabulous production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo and with good imagination, why not offer something from the renaissance up to the public on a more regular basis? Most regular Parterrians have seen waaaaaay more operas than I have, so I won’t embarrass myself with any more suggestions. And while we are on the topic of opera -- oy vey -- any good news from the Met yet?

  • thenoctambulist says:

    I am happy Netrebko is doing Macbeth but Borgia and Gemma would be more ideal fit for her I think. Similar for Sondra, Gemma would be more ideal than Devereux. All these Donizetti dramatic coloratura parts are something else and it’s time for major sopranos to take a bite and showcase them more.

    Anything for more belcanto masterpieces.