The Turin 2017 “Incoronazione di Dario” Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Vivaldi’s “Incoronazione di Dario” from Turin (2017), with Ottavio Dantone conducting and staged by Leo Muscato.

Cast List:
Statira – Sara Mingardo
Argene – Delphine Galou
Dario – Carlo Allemano
Niceno – Riccardo Novaro
Alinda – Roberta Mameli
Oronte – Lucia Cirillo
Arpago – Veronica Cangemi
Flora – Romina Tomasoni
Ghost of Ciro & Oracle of Apollo – Cullen Gandy

Libretto: no such luck, but subtitles on the official DVD! (which is the only source for now; no online availability yet)

 

 

546 thoughts on “The Turin 2017 “Incoronazione di Dario” Liveblogging Thread”

            1. jeah, lost my lovely low singing voice too.. a couple of days ago it was at least scratchy and *deep* thanks to coughing lungs out.. but now gone! i’ll let STatira take over 🙂

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  1. sigh, Dantone.
    His level of energy is beyond me tonight, but smooth, tying in all the chiaroscuro without making it too mannerist. (it’s the house band, right? Metal strings? Modern woodwinds?)

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        1. well, that, mixing in with annoyance it looks to me. she gives me the impression she wants to advance further.. and wouldn’t mind bossing Arpago and all the toy guns herself

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    1. So… the cleaning crew is pro authorities on the oilfield, and then there’s the ragtag bag of suppressed locals?

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        1. Oronte, eyeing a marriage to a contralto, rebuffs Alinda’s renewed avances – the next time you want to break up with someone, you could always employ a fiery “Lasciami, lasciami in pace”

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  2. Anik

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    1. this got through, Alice!
      I am sorry that there are so many issues; what you describe is new to me. When you get the email, you will have to be logged in to read posts or comments (just like now)

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        1. perhaps.
          But I also was never quite that taken with her, and she comes across really well here in recording, very clean and balanced. Impressive.

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            1. what was the debate about? (how was there even a debate regarding that entire outfit??? (blinking smily face here) that outfit is… I demand more gelato first 😀

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            2. whether cut-off denim vests are an acceptable choice of wear to lust after. Or something like that.

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    1. cheap date 😀 you gotta love it when the mezzo shows up in her garbage cleaning workclothes and the soprano still throws herself at her AND the contralto isn’t sure if she won’t rather have her than the tenor!

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    1. interesting. perhaps it might be where the mount the mic? remember our (I and Dehggi’s) discussion about 2nd night we were *just* at the right height and Galou’s sound came *perfectly* at us. if you’re a bit low / hi then it’s not coming was warm (hence my little comparison of sound beam..)

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      1. Yes, I remember you all saying before that her voice can be difficult to hear live and I thought in the same direction of this being a mic effect. It was the same when she was lying down in one of the first scenes, you can hear the colours better (or it still might be a brain trick, she does look attractive on that couch :-))

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      1. Chuckle, right, the hand gestures are spot on. The way she acts the naivety is so funny, but at the same time Statira is not just a grotesque fun figure, she is a likeable character after all, so well-meaning, living in the moment…

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          1. exactly. Wasn’t that what Monteverdi wanted with Tancredi and Clorinda and somehow never got around the finishing? That’d have two characters, chainmail, lust, death and assorted kinks.

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            1. I may have crossed my mind, but competing with Hauskittel!
              Also: Rinaldo edition with Almirena glasses, Semiramide with pony (of course), Ariodante with faux hawk wig (or styling wax)….I could go on forever! 😀

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            1. a truly great villain, a bit lost on the simpletons around her but at least we get the relentless scheming lessons. She’s nothing if not resourceful! I want the sequel with her breaking out of “the harshest chains” (you know she will, by seducing some helpless guard who will turn into a terrorist or someone at her behest).

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            2. she murders everyone and has a great vengeance aria at the end, whilst throwing her bloodied hands to the sky 😉 or something. Kinda like here but more satifying.

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    1. yes, probably if you measure her against Italian soprano types? But I would also say she is a really light and bright mezzo, bordering on soprano rep.

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        1. lots more arias. Guest stints by Statira who doesn’t get the scheming again.
          Plus Alinda letting Oronte clen the entire oil rig (in a tank top).
          And somehow, we’ll work in Prina.

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            1. we could write it ourselves, we’ve heard enough baroque libretti.

              “Dear Ottavio Dantone,
              After seeing your devotion to Dario and contraltos we came up with an idea you might enjoy…”

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