Post by Someone in a tree on Apr 5, 2017 11:57:54 GMT
Eugh. Alden and Jones
I wonder what the Carmen will be like (and how long will it stay in the rep for?') . A few things I want to see but none of us making me mega excited - perhaps as a long time opera goer you just can't get excited by endless revivals
Excited by this - a lot of things in there that will be good to check off my 'must-see' list. Will definitely be booking for La Boheme and Die Zauberflote. Will be interesting to see what Liam Scarlett does with Swan Lake!
I'm most excited for MACBETH with Anna Netrebko. Hers is a voice I have been wanting to hear live for some time now, after she cancelled in FAUST a few years ago. She is absolutely thrilling on recordings, so I can only imagine what she sounds like live. Let's just hope it doesn't sell out like the recent Jonas Kaufmann OTELLO did!
Overall, it looks like a strong season, with strong singers. Others on my list include: - CAV/PAG with Elina Garanca, Bryan Hymel and Simon Keenlyside - SEMIRAMIDE with Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee - LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK - The new George Benjamin and Anthony Turnage operas - FALSTAFF with Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside
Looking forward to the ENO season announcement now.
^I would be amazed if Netrebko's Macbeth performances didn't sell out instantly.
I'm afraid there's not that much that looks like must-sees for me. I would love to see Lohengrin, having never done so, but can't stand Alden (either!) so that's a no go. I may revisit Tosca, if the ticket prices aren't too horrendous, to see Gerald Finley's Scarpia. Possibly Semiramide, to make up for having to skip it at the Proms last year when I discovered it wasn't due to end till nearly 11pm on a Sunday night. Falstaff's cast looks good & I gather Carsen's production is at least bearable. Lots of singers I like in Ulisse but I wasn't mad about the piece when I saw ETO's last autumn & the location is a downside.
I caught Semiramide at the Proms and was really surprised at how great the music the music was and made me wonder why it had fallen off the traditional rep. Am so excited to see what DiDonato brings to the part.
Am also hoping that Richard Jones doesn't butcher Boheme in the same way Benedict Andrews did at the ENO.
I agree, Winter's Tale was fabulous. I'm most excited about:
The Illustrated 'Farewell' NEW / The Wind NEW / Untouchable 2x WORLD PREMIERES 6–17 November 2017
Choreography: Twyla Tharp / Arthur Pita / Hofesh Shechter Music: Joseph Haydn / Frank Moon and Christopher Austin / Hofesh Shechter and Nell Catchpole Cast TBC
Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company.
NEW Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / NEW Christopher Wheeldon 2x WORLD PREMIERES 15 March—13 April 2018
Choreography: Wayne McGregor / Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon Music: Leonard Bernstein Cast TBC
The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.
I think with the Bernstein music could make this a very special evening. I'm less of an opera person, but the Peter Brook adaptation of Carmen (being performed by young opera singers at Wilton's) could be interesting (I saw a version he did many, many years ago in Glasgow, that was very simple and very beautiful.) And the Salome designed by Es Devlin and directed my David McVicar....maybe?
At some point around 1990 the Contessa Belowpar and I were in Rome and completely by accident we discovered Brooks Carmen was playing at the Theatro Argentina. Carmen is a piece I’ve never really liked but remember this with affection. I doubt my memory but I recall we sat on sand at the edge of a ‘ring’ and were ‘close to the action’. Smallish band and even the twerp Don Jose didn’t annoy. Will definitely go to Wilton’s.
It will be interesting to see if the awful Lucia isn’t toned down. Leaving water running in a bathroom which was louder in the Slips than the singing, the sex scenes that provoked outright laughter and other howlers can all be altered. But the split design of the set would be very expensive to fix. Shame as it’s a favourite piece.
By contrast I thought quite highly of the Carsen Falstaff production.
All of this must have been programmed by Holten and it will be a couple of years yet before we see his successors hand as a shaper of things?
^ Not live but it got telecast when it was new back in, IIRC, 2005 & I watched Rheingold & Walkure before deciding I didn't really want to sit through any more as it wasn't to my taste. I daresay it's no odder than most Ring productions nowadays though. I still yearn for a horned helmets & spears traditional-type production, which is why I've never seen a live Ring.
I've only seen Walkure in concert live, when it was done fairly locally to me last year. I probably should watch the rest of ON's Ring, if it's still available online, but I wasn't keen on all the split screens & fades/overlays when I watched Rheingold. Of course that's a TV problem & wouldn't have been an issue when you saw it live. I wish it has just been filmed in a straighforward manner to replicate as best as possible seeing it in the concert hall but with some added close ups.