Elbphilharmonie Opening

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Last night, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg finally opened.

“Finally”, because it was supposed to be done six years ago, and because the costs have meanwhile outgrown even its very steep and stylish roof. But it’s done, and you should absolutely watch the on-demand available ARTE stream of the opening concert because the acoustics (engineered by Yasuhisa Toyota) are out of this world.

Also, the concert program is out of this world: yes, for the opening act before the concert, you get Beethoven and Mendelssohn and Brahms, with a fantastic NDR Orchestra – newly renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – under its principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock. But the main concert afterwards has lots of very old and very new, off-the-beaten-path music and it is glorious.

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Review: Exquisite Heartbreak. Handel’s “Alcina” at Vienna Staatsoper (2016)

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[Curtain Call for “Alcina” at Wiener Staatsoper, Oct 20th, 2016. – This is the sort-of respectable review. For the inedited fangirl side notes, please refer to the extra post]

The headline is both misleading and not: yes, this evening is exquisite heartbreak, but it is tiptoeing the Vienna Staatsoper line that so often indulges in the exquisiteness of something over actually considering the heartbreak. This „Alcina“ revivial – of the 2010 Adrian Noble production – falls on both sides of the spectrum.

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Tank Top Tuesday: As if.

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[Actually, that is a pretty good question. Not that I would have an answer (other than: “uuhm, more screencaps?”) – Patricia Petibon (Aspasia) and Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Paris 2016]

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The Paris 2016 “Mitridate (Reloaded)” Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Mozart’s “Mitridate” from Paris/TCE 2016 *excited fangirl squealing* as staged by Clément Hervieu-Léger. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Le Concert d’Astrée.

The production is starring a lot of sopranos, a counter mezzo and two tenors: Patricia Petibon (Aspasia), Jaël Azzarretti (Arbace), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare), Sabine Devieilhe (Ismene), Christophe Dumaux (Farnace), Michael Spyres (Mitridate) and Cyrille Dubois (Marzio).

The production is available via ARTE, but has the sound slightly out of sync – this is a different cut than the version aired by ARTE in February. This new version comes with a choice of French or German subtitles that you will be able to read even without your glasses.

A libretto in Italian and English can be found here (you’ll have to read around the cuts, namely in the beginning, that the Paris production makes).

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Acres of Baroque Belcanto

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Cancel everything, I obviously need to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On Sept 26th, to be precise.

Can I just squeal for a moment about how utterly PERFECT this lady casting is? (my office colleage is asking whether I am in need of medical assitance. Possibly, yes.)

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