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RIGOLETTO on PBS!

 
 
Reply Sat 18 May, 2013 09:29 am
Verdi's Rigoletto is my favorite opera.

A production of this intense opera was shown on PBS last night...a production set in Las Vegas!

I would say it sucked...

...but I want to be fair to off-beat productions that manage to suck.

This didn't get quite that good.

The only thing even average about it was the staging...

...and the staging was completely inappropriate.

Don't mess with great operas!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 18 May, 2013 08:21 pm
@Frank Apisa,
I was late to liking opera, twenty something years ago. My cds of Verdi are not whole operas but compilations of singers doing various bits.
I'll put one on now. The rigoletto goes for 34 minutes, approx.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 18 May, 2013 08:23 pm
I love Woody Woodpecker's version of Barber of Seville.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 02:30 am
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

I was late to liking opera, twenty something years ago. My cds of Verdi are not whole operas but compilations of singers doing various bits.
I'll put one on now. The rigoletto goes for 34 minutes, approx.


I was also...but once I got the bug, it was huge.

If you have Pavarotti doing the tenor's arias from Rigoletto...they are gems. The final quartet is one of my favorite pieces of music from opera. The cast on PBS was second-class at best...and that particular piece went over like a lead life jacket.

Hey...they tried...and did much better than I would have, but I sing like a New York Taxi does.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 02:31 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

I love Woody Woodpecker's version of Barber of Seville.


I musta missed that one, Edgar. But I do like Woody. (And we have a great redheaded woodpecker who visits our yard every day.)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 08:39 am
@Frank Apisa,
I have a couple of them on my compilation discs. My treasure though is a tape of the 3 tenors at the Terme di Caracalla.. but those were Puccini arias.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 08:50 am
@ossobuco,
I cannot abide operas with these Recitative segments. Its a singing commercial in a foreign language. The Arias and orchestral interludes are enjoyable but I dont think Id actually GO downtown to see an opera.

Ive kept operas on Sat radio as bakground music in my workshop or studio but getting ready to see one NAAAH.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 09:42 am
@farmerman,
I've trouble with the recitatives too - boredom, strong frustration, shut that thing off! I only have one cd set for a whole opera, La Boheme.

Have either of you seen the movie "Tosca's Kiss"? both Diane and I loved it.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 09:43 am
If an opera song was as short as a 50s pop song I would like it better.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 09:45 am
@ossobuco,
no I havent but Ill have Mrs F add it to our Netflix que.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 19 May, 2013 10:11 am
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thelmaphyllis
 
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Reply Thu 8 May, 2014 01:10 pm
@ossobuco,
How do I hear it?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 8 May, 2014 01:25 pm
@thelmaphyllis,
Hear what? Tosca's Kiss is a film, and you can order it from Netflix.
La Boheme is a whole opera, which you can buy a disc for, or possiby see a filmed version of.
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