(Closed) Any other CFBC bees into the ballet and/or opera?

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barbie86 :  Meeeee!  I like opera!  I try to go to 2-3 times a season.  It’s a bit of an undertaking since I don’t live in a place that has easy access to such things.  The people in my circle who are willing to do these things with me are big into Wagner so I’ve seen a lot of his works (but not a complete Ring Cycle, at least not yet)–my two favorite productions that I’ve seen are stagings of Meistersinger and Lohengrin.  One of these days we hope to be able to go to Bayreuth as a group.  

I have really miserable timing with my actual vacation visits to Italy (as opposed to the ones where I’m working or guiding); either there’s nothing being staged or whatever is being staged really just doesn’t sound interesting to me.  I really just need to go to whatever’s on stage at La Fenice or La Scala the next time I am there, even if it doesn’t sound terribly interesting on its face.  

My friends are not really into ballet at all, so I’ve never had the chance to go, but I am fascinated by dance and would love the chance to see both classic and contemporary repetoire.  I just wish it wasn’t such a production to get to good opera, ballet, symphony, etc. venues–I confess that I highly envy your access to these things!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Buzzing Beekeeper

You are lucky. I miss the opera and ballet. I have worked for a few opera companies and prefer watching productions from the wings, not in the house. The production elements are far superior than a normal show. I do miss it.

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barbie86 :  I am fascinated by Don Giovanni. I could watch the Met’s production with Samuel Ramey all day, though I will admit that a lot of other productions I’ve watched on youtube or DVD frustrate me.  I believe that the opera fails of its promise without a truly menacing Commendatore and it seems like that part is treated like an afterthought by so many productions.  However, I haven’t managed to see it live yet, even though most of the big American companies have done a production in the last 5-6 years.  I know the Met is doing it again this year, and it looks like there will be performances in both fall and spring, so maybe the stars will finally align.

In my dreams the first live production of Don Giovanni that I will ever see will be one that omits the very last part of the opera and ends with DG being dragged away (the opera has often been staged this way, but, as far as I know, none of the American stagings have taken this path).  I hate the simpering, moralizing final ensemble piece; I find it so insipid and so out-of-tone with the rest of the work that it nearly invalidates all the genius that has preceded it.  

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

I’m not CFBC but I am an opera singer! Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffman is a dream role of mine. Have you tried getting your husband into opera? I find that it’s easier if you choose one that has a piece that they will recognize from use in popular culture (the Queen of the Night’s aria from The Magic Flute, Carmen’s Habanera or Largo al Factotum from Il barbiere di Siviglia).

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I love the ballet, but we probably only go once a year. We went and saw the nutcracker last holiday season, but I was a bit disappointed with the production value. 

I enjoy opera, but my SO doesn’t. Luckily, he doesn’t mind classical (romantic, baroque….) music, so we do that more regularly. 

He doesn’t have the same appreciation for music that I do, but he supports it. I used to be a professional violinist, and my most loved violin was broken. For Valentine’s Day he fixed it for me! 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I work for Opera Australia, I’m one of the orchestra managers so I spend a fair amount of time in the orchestra pit!  I’m lucky in that the orchestra also plays for Australian Ballet productions so I see both worlds ๐Ÿ™‚

I love all Puccini operas, Turandot most of all, I think, although the start of the third act of Tosca gives me chills from its sheer beauty, and the act 1 finale of Butterfly gets me every time.  I also love Don Giovanni, and working on the Ring cycle a few years ago was pretty special – that moment in Die Walkure when the seventeen brass players get going on the Ride of the Valkyries is incredible, as is the Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung.  Too many to pick a favourite, really! As individual arias go, I adore the Song to the Moon from Rusalka, and E Lucevan e Stelle from Tosca.

Ballet-wise, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are up there for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

barbie86 :  Definitely either the Queen of the Night or Cunegonde in Candide. The Queen was my very first role so I’ll always love it. 

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