dtwclipper
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Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 1:29 am

So Saturday is the world premier of "Margaret Garner" at the Detroit Opera House. We have tickets to see it on Saturday. It promises to be a great new American Opera.

Any other Detroit area a-netters going?

http://www.margaretgarner.org/index.html
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 1:50 am

I never really listened to opera until my favorite singer (Gino Vannelli) came out with an opera CD last year.

I like it but I haven't got in to other opera singers.
So far this is the only opera album/CD I own.

It's amazing.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 1:52 am

Hi,

I quite like Operas, but i have to say that I haven't seen any modern ones. I have seen...

The Magic Flute (Mozart)
the Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Carmen (Bizet)
Madame Butterfly (Puccini)

... which are all old-school operas. I did once see a version of The Magic Flute in an X-File stylee in English, and that was really good. Not many folks nowadays seem to appreciate Opera, but I like it.

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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 2:07 am

oh gosh yes!

luckily for me i am able to attend about one opera each week at the metropolitan opera. two things allow me this: my family donates loads of money which nets me a few free tix each season and many galas too, but more importantly, a close friend works for them, so i get floor seats for any show for $40 each.

with the number of performances i see, there is no way i'd be able to go if i had to pay the full $200/seat price!

the other year i saw don giovanni FIVE TIMES because it was a tremendous new production with Dmitri Hvorostovsky--earlier that season i saw Renee Fleming in her premiere of il pirata and sat in a box so close to the stage that i could hear every. single. ornament. that she used while singing in a glorious bel canto opera mounted specifically for her!

a highlight for me this season was der rosenkavalier which has one of the most elegant and spectacular closings ever! other than that, nothing else from the season sticks out aside from a fab renee fleming again in rodelinda last winter. other things i saw this season include madame butterfly, aida, carmen, die zauberflote, and la clemenza di tito.

more recently i saw samson et dalila which was an absolute visual spectacle! excellent production and also containing one of my fav arias ever in the second act (mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix) not to mention hot and barely clad philistines  Smile


i'm looking forward to the season close with tosca!
 
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Fri May 06, 2005 2:14 am

We saw Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful experience and we plan to return soon.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 2:35 am

When I lived in SF I had season tickets for years, but now that I'm up in Portland, there's nada comparable. The best production of any I've seen was Madama Butterfly performed by the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. The staging and performances were both brilliant, and we got 8th row seats only an hour before curtain time. Truly lucked out that time.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Fri May 06, 2005 4:25 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
So Saturday is the world premier of "Margaret Garner" at the Detroit Opera House. We have tickets to see it on Saturday. It promises to be a great new American Opera.

That's great. Good to see new opera works being performed. Although my personal opinion is that "great new American Opera" is an oxymoron...but that's just me, hats off to others who can appreciate it.

I spent a few years in Ann Arbor but I never made it to the Opera. Was more of an orchestral music fan then (I was young) and attended many performance of the wonderful DSO not to mention a good clutch of visiting bands at Hill Aud.

I go to the Met often, and always try to catch the local company when I am visiting some other city...alas, my travels never seen to take me back to Detroit, a town which for all of its faults has some wonderful resources, Like the Art Museum, the DSO and the Tigers.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Sat May 07, 2005 1:04 pm

My mother made me go to the opera around 3 times when I was in high school and I slept through most of them. There was one that I payed attention to though, maybe I was in a good mood that day or something but the only one that I remember that I responded to was Madamme Butterfly. It has a girly name but there is violence and the story was actually funny based on the Japanese.

I can't see myself going to the opera anymore untill I'm about 50 or unless a hot girlfriend wants to go. But in all honesty Opera is great.
 
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Sat May 07, 2005 1:24 pm

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
So Saturday is the world premier of "Margaret Garner" at the Detroit Opera House. We have tickets to see it on Saturday. It promises to be a great new American Opera.

Denyce Graves is fantastic, she sings in Philly quite often. You should enjoy it a lot.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Sat May 07, 2005 1:45 pm

Handel's "Aci e Galatea" is simply a delight. It is relatively unknown to most people compared to Bizet's "Carmen", and Puccini's "Madame Butterfly". However, this Handel work is a melodic delight, rich with the ornate textures one can only find in the baroque era of European Classical music. The overture itself is simply sublime.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Sat May 07, 2005 9:07 pm

Quoting A330323X (Reply 8):
Denyce Graves is fantastic, she sings in Philly quite often. You should enjoy it a lot.

Yes, we will. We saw her in Werther with Andrea Bocelli when he made his Operatic debut at the Detroit Opera House. She was great, he just didn't cut it.
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RE: Opera Lovers? Or At Least Likers?

Sun May 08, 2005 10:15 pm

Hi all,

As a Sunday morning special, here are a couple of shots of the opening of Margaret Garner last night at the Detroit Opera House. It was a great production, first act was a little slow, but the singing was outstanding!

Denyce Graves is in the center of the first picture

http://www.yourimagehost.com/is.php?i=46101&img=P5070001.JPG

Here you can see Toni Morrison.

http://www.yourimagehost.com/is.php?i=46102&img=P5070003.JPG
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