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Photo: Cory Weaver“…it’s particularly bewildering that before 2013 there was no such thing as the Prototype Festival, a program so essential that it feels like it must have been around forever. With a splendid sense of appropriateness, this festival of new opera is the first important event in the New Year, and the pieces it showcases offer at their best the thrill and hope of a New Year’s resolution.”  [New York Observer]

  • spiderman

    Blind item:
    Which one will Harteros cancel:

    Aida, Roma, Feb 27th
    Don Carlo, Vienna, Feb 22nd, 25th, March 1st

    • easy, Aida. If it requires longer than an hour of travel, she will not feel like it

      • Lohengrin

        she will never cancel a date with Jonas!

    • Feldmarschallin

      Those Carlos have been cancelled long ago.

      • Lohengrin

        Harteros and Vargas are still on the list in Wiener Staatsoper. I heard that Vargas has cancelled everything for January and February…….

        • Feldmarschallin

          Well then Wien is using their names to sell the tickets since I know those for cancelled months ago already. I knew about that in July actually already since a friend of mine was going to go so she asked specifically about those performances. Wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened.

          • Lohengrin

            I am looking forward to hear her as Aida! So great cast in Rome!

            • spiderman

              So she did a Yoncheva and upcancelled?

            • Feldmarschallin

              Well the conductor and tenor wanted her so yes she did an upcancel just like Opolais did. But she told them already 6 months ago. Perhaps she offered them other dates for something in the future. In theory she could sing the first and last one and only cancel the second but I doubt she wants the hectic of that. Were it me I would cancel the three performances and concentrate on the Aida. And that was my recommendation for whatever it is worth.

            • Feldmarschallin

              And I don’t even know if I would call that an upcancel since the Wiener Staatsoper is pretty high up there and counts as one of the top houses. Not like she cancelled a second tier house for a first tier house. And if she were that Karrieregeil she would certainly be singing at the Met and be more intersted in having a big international career. It certainly isn’t because of lack of offers. She chooses a more simple and less hectic life that is all. I find it commendable that she is loyal to her husband who cannot travel far and is a family person who has her values. She also values her privacy and private life.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Yes I am also looking forward to Aida and Rome in generell. Wien could always ask Tamar Iveri. She isn’t too busy these days I take it. :)

    • Lohengrin

      We could meet in Rome!
      I will be there very early to pick up the tickets at the box office.

  • Feldmarschallin

    I will be arriving Tuesday afternoon and staying at the Hotel Impero near Teatro dell’ Opera.

    • Camille

      Feldy,
      If you have a sweet tooth, to to this pasticceria in the Galleria Esedra on. Via Vittorio Emanuele. It is the only other shop they have outside of Palermo and it is near Teatro dell’Opera in Piazza Beniamino Gigli. (I hope yours is not a hotel to close to Termini!)

      http://www.pasticceriadagnino.com/
      Buon divertimento e buon appetito!

      You can always go have a caffè at Caffè Greco in Via Condotti and commune with Wagner and Byron and all the rest, as I think the opera is being given at Santa Cecilia, which is near by. There is also that wonderful caffè near the Pantheon, something like “La Tazza d’oro” is a part of their name or how they market themselves but can’t recall exact name of shop.

      Gute Reise, Resi!

      • Feldmarschallin

        Thanks Camille, yes I have a sweet tooth and will check it out.

      • semira mide

        Agree, Camille.
        Caffe Greco is must for historical/cultural reasons,
        but Tazza d’oro is an experience worth going to Rome for.
        They roast their own coffee right there, and the beans are superb to begin with. Rich full-flavor without the burned taste that is so common in espresso etc.
        I’ve been going there for 45+ years. They’ve “only been around” since 1947 -- or something like that.. You can bring their coffee ( beans, ground) home with you, but it’s not quite the same.

        • Camille

          Infatti!! I transported some of their beans over international waters the last time I was there--a venerable institution and maybe the best cup of coffee I have ever had in life. Roma bella made me the caffeine freak I became, for better or for worse! Glad you, too, have frequented and enjoyed those two wonderful venues. The first time I stepped into Caffè Greco I nearly succombed to Stendhal’s Syndrome, so overwhelmed was I by the shades of the greats. What a world. I loved it all.

          http://www.tazzadorocoffeeshop.com/

          Tante belle cose, semira mide!!!

  • Feldmarschallin

    But why not meet during the Festspiele here at Kaufmann LA?

    • Lohengrin

      Will be there from 25.Feb. morning to 28.Feb. evening.
      Of course, Festspiele would be good, if I get a ticket for Liederabend, the only one I ordered.
      First Andrea Chernier will come in cinema.
      Had two nice opera-evenings in my town: Rigoletto (not so vera good) and Iphigénie en Tauride / Gluck (good stage, good singing and orchestra). Sometimes there must be something on a not so high level…………

  • Feldmarschallin

    OK vielleicht kann ich da sonst was machen.

  • Fidelia

    Feld and Lohengrin,
    I will be in Rome for Aida, too, with my husband. Any chance of meeting at some point? Interval, coffee before/after or whatever?
    Aber achtung! Wir sprechen nur ein Bisschen Deutsch -- if you two want to chat auf Deutsch we could greet you and then take ourselves off. Hope we can see you.

    And Camille, thanks for sharing all the yummy addresses! We followed your recommendations for our first trip to Milan a couple of years ago and know you are a 5-star guide.

    • Feldmarschallin

      The problem is that I don’t know the Santa Cecila at all. Where to meet etc. I will be there from Tuesday until Monday and we can certainly meet before or in the intermission at the venue if someone knows a spot. My ticket were bought by some Italian friends of a friend of mine so no idea even where they are. I think Lohengrin and I can speak English. We certainly speak German enough here :)

      • Lohengrin

        As I said:I have to pick up the tickets one hour before the show for me and some moe persons. Will be with my sister-in-law the whole time.
        News from London: “Jonas Kaufmann, regarded as the world’s best tenor, says he is ready to reward fans waiting for him to sing Verdi’s highly demanding “Otello” by making his debut in the role at London’s Royal Opera House in 2017.”

        • Fidelia

          I don’t know the Santa Cecila either -have only been to Rome once, years ago- but also have to pick up my tickets an hour before. I’ll see if I can get some info on the layout of the Accademia S.C. and will get back to you re a place to meet ok?
          I think you both can speak English too! You write a lot better than some native speakers I know…
          ;-)

      • Camille

        Santa Cecilia is on, if I remember correctly, Via Vittoria, or that is one of the streets it faces. If you get to Piazza di Spagna (on the Metro or by walking) it is fairly close by from there. There are invariably a ton of American or English speaking tourists at Piazza di Spagna (OH! That reminds me, Babington’s Tea Room is right near there at the foot of the scalinata) and you can get directions from them, maybe, or maybe better be safe and just ask your concierge. Santa Cecilia is not a far walk, and you will have a wonderful time looking at the shops and strolling about.

        I hope that helps you all and I have not confused the issue further. The Caffè Greco is definitely the closest place to the conservatorio.

    • Camille

      You are most welcome, Madame for I am only too happy to help, and please DO give us your observations of this concert, which I hope is a big success and will please all you devotés who travel so far to attend.

      Most of all I am very curious as to the Aïda of Frau Harteros as it could be something particularly fine and not just another attempt at an impossible role by yet another ambitious soprano. At any rate, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be so, and pray it will make you all happy.

      Oh, and please throw a coin in the Trevi fountain for me.

  • umangialaio

    Feldmarschallin, please note that Aida will be performed at Auditorium Parco della Musica, 1,5 km north of Piazza del Popolo (Ubahn from Termini to Piazzale Flaminio and then Tram number 2). That has nothing to do with Conservatorio (Musikschule) Santa Cecilia near Piazza di Spagna.

  • Camille

    Oh no!!! I thought I’d read it to be scheduled for Santa Cecilia, so I am so sorry to have given mistaken advices. Perhaps it was that some part of Santa Cecilia, orchestra or chorus is performing? But I expect you will have all the correct information on your tickets, anyway. Please do visit Caffè Greco, in any case! Entschuldigung, gnädige Fürstin!