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Rant 'n Rave > A Plead for Operetta and the Oliver Touch

Gentlefellows and Fellowine/s,

Firstly, love your work. Oliver - more please. Kisses all round (manly, on the cheeks of course).

Now, with the smooching out of the way, the demands start! Forgive me if this is not the right forum for this request:

Oliver, please - I plead - could you see your way to cover the occasional operetta? All of this grand opera is, well, very interesting actually, even for someone like me who generally has no time for baroque vocal or instrumental and who would hide Britten in a cupboard if he was still alive (and place a bucket over his head), but, I plead for something else, just occasionally.

I'm becoming more and more a fan of operetta. I think the vocal art, the dramatic skill and so on is just as critical here as it is in anything written by Puccini....and, it's just plain fun! Terrific singers performed these things: Ingeborg Hallstein, Wunderlich and so on.

If you were going to introduce a newbie to the joys of opera or classical music in general, operetta is a great place to start. Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, Merry Widow, Gypsy Baron - such great listening.

Here's Canonici doing a fine job of Mes amis ecoutez l'histoire:

Cheers, and thanks for the great work all round.


February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Whitlock
I have emailed this to Oliver, John.
February 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice
Now that we are trying to produce one show per week, it seems I will be arriving at the topic sooner than later. I probably will start with Strauss, jr. or Gilbert and Sullivan which will allow me a chance to lean on Michael a little, but I will keep your specific requests in mind.
Thanks for the query.
February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe OC