The Monte Carlo “Mondo della Luna” (2014) Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Haydn’s “Il mondo della luna” from Monte Carlo (2000), with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, and in a staging by Emilio Sagi (and I will be seriously disappointed if there is not #NavarraiseRabbitScene!).

Cast List:
Philippe Do – Ecclitico
Giuseppina Bridelli – Ernesto
Roberto De Candia – Buonafede
Hélène Le Corre – Clarice
Alessandra Marianelli – Flaminia
Annalisa Stroppa – Lisetta
Mathias Vidal – Cecco

Libretto: Italian (pdf).
Wiki: English.

 

299 thoughts on “The Monte Carlo “Mondo della Luna” (2014) Liveblogging Thread”

      1. Bilbao does not stream… but their program, is for the most part, washed-up Verdi (though they did have Iervolino last year!)
        still, for a smallish city with no large history in opera, quite a showing.

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  1. the male chour has make-up mirrors and holds them wrong way out?
    or is that a pitch for the next Olympic Games?

    (had to read up on the plot again real quick… I only remember the moon, Rabbit Maid and piny mezzo)

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      1. The trick works: Buonafede describes what he thinks he has seen: a very beautiful young girl caressing an old man, a husband ready to punish his wife for her infidelity, and a man who completely dominates his female lover.
        jeah, ass.

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        1. yeah, all “a bit of voyeurism and patriarcal domination fantasies are harmless fun”. Urgh.

          I remember there was reason to skin a rabbit in reaction!

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          1. am now waiting for this
            In a more serious aria (“Begli occhi vezzosi”), Ernesto sings of Flaminia’s eyes and awaits impatiently the moment in which the two of them will spend their lives together

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            1. but as far as male singing goes, there’s a lot of very nice one in the Barber. (of course, if you could cast mezzos in everything… even nicer)

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        1. the “male chor duping bass into a fictional scenario of ridiculous proportions”
          well, at least in the Rossini, nobody gets beaten up.

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      1. Baroque phrasing showing through?

        pretty even across the range here, but not too smooth (though on the smooth side, color-wise), and not too light (though on the lighter side)

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  2. oh, I will assume “Matching application jackets” and peg the one on the left for Ernesto. Nicely dark color, too.

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  3. still trying to make up my mind on the soprano – top a little tighter, and not that smoothly controlled, but nicely tinged color in middle range? Reaction speed a little slower than Clarice, but rounder tone?

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    1. Clarice more uni-color with slight sharpnesses, but nicely agile. (no bottom heft, though – would have expected differently with her coloring)

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    2. you’re talking the one now singing, with very long hair and nice braids? this is Clarice?

      “warmer” than the one under the hood.. I’ll have to sort out upon hearing more.

      Ohhhhhh, now i see, Beaumont was the maid. where’s the knife!

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      1. just like that Cenerentola, but with the color palette turned up another notch or five.

        I think that top Lisetta is wearing is both polyester lace AND pleather?

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      1. yes, definitely.

        in color variety, technique and phrasing, Bridelli takes the cake among the female case. It’s easy to be fooled into thinking she’s just pleasant tone because she has that whole young-conventionally pretty-even timbre thing down, but she really does a lot more if one listens closely, and has done the work to be able to apply things.

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    1. i saw his glowing sneakers already in the first scene.
      (he’s got a nice tone, but i just hear it coming out the sound, telling you what the libretto is.. possibly i don’t hear tenors well 😉 )

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  4. you know… there a scenes of singers involving taking on/off ties and shirt and running around in tank tops that have other effects on me than this one.

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            1. oh… oops, Ernesto is here..

              i was gonna say Lisetta reminded me a little bit of J.Lamore, not appearance, but sound.. but based on extremely limited sample…

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  5. Dear Lord, the last time I was P.E: mandated to do such a twirly ribbon choreography, I ended up like an exhibit for Japanese bondage kinks I wasn’t even aware of back then.

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    1. (sorry is he a tenor?)
      i hear him better than Ecclitico.
      niiice variation in both colors and dynamics. borderline overdoing at time, but after a lot of uniformity from Ecclitico i’d take this.

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      1. yes, good comparison. And nice athletic jump in there!!
        in this get-up, he pushed a little vocally, but here at the end, very nice dynamic flexibility.

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  6. Looks like there wasn’t much stage directing happening beyond the show choreography.

    – and on a side note, I don’t even need an aria, I would be happy to listen to a lot more recit from Bridelli. #MonteverdiansDoItBetter

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    1. the phrasing. whatever she’s doing vocally, it works automatically for my brain. 100%! wow. it’s the exact thing i “look” for in singing. (ok, at some point she will put in more colors i think? but wow. am hypnotized.)

      and that aria is soo gonna be extracted, if not already on tube.

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            1. lost track there for a moment…
              (really good: continuously in the scene and it doesn’t feel put on – really like the acting impulse)

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      1. well, it is him or the bass, and the bass is her father in the story, so her options are the tenor or one of the ballerinas. Hm, wait…

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      1. but I kind of sense limits on him here. He is better at the buffo stuff, I thin, and not at the romantic pathos?

        (looking at the boots visible behind his head)

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            1. (actually i think the sound is high quality, so likely from same video we watched. i think she managed to downgrade the vid quality so as not to get booted off youtube for posting her own clip…)

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            2. it’s really idiotic that singers cannot post their own material for promo purposes – it is just an excerpt, not the whole thing! (audio quality is really good!)

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            1. jeah, that’s what happened when you use ffmpeg and forget to pay attention to bitrate, and occasionally clips don’t start at where you want to cut 🙂 . BUt i love that she kept the audio quality undisturbed, most important!

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            2. (jeah, am actually listening without watching, really effective that way , not that i don’t want to look, but you hear phrasing better, i think, without visuals 😉 )

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  7. I am so glad we got to watch this after all. Thanks for joining in!
    And before I all asleep I will check Bridelli’s page for her 2018 schedule, perhaps it is up already. We may have to make plans!

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  8. Seems you had fun with Bridelli, I was missing our weekly meeting this weekend! Any plans for next week? But I think you said you’re conferencing, Anik?

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