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Monday
Mar122012

OperaNow! #155: My Lunch with George

Oliver recaps his lunch with New York City Opera impresario, George Steel...NYCO is heavily and hiply marketing the new season...Bartoli tackles Rossini's Otello...opera singer battles all kinds of crap to keep on singing...Benjamin Luxon is BACK (can ya hear me?...he now can)...Royal Opera calls in the break-dancers...if opera fails, we're all f*&%ed...Golijov defends his work. 
Oliver's Corner looks at Act 3 of Romeo and tracks featuring Alistair Miles, Jose Van Dam. Mirella Freni & Franco Corelli, and Éliane Lublin.
This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, and Jenny Rivera.

Reader Comments (9)

you look so...Natural, Oliver! I hope it went really well. I'm sure you were energetic and impressive.
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirin
Gak! Your program just cut out completely and Opera Music Broadcast is playing music. What happened? Were you naughty?
March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGale Martin
Seems we were. :)
March 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice
I agree that it was really cool that Steel was willing to extend an olive branch and sit down with Oliver to have a chat. So what if they disagreed on most things? Opera is art and if everyone agreed it'd be awfully boring.

Speaking of disagreeing, I hope the next Oliver's Corner opera is less French. That French stuff seems so saccharine to me. I'll put in a request for some more bel canto.
March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
OH! Also, perhaps I'm the only one who's noticed or who cares, but I miss Lorin Maazel introducing the podcast.
March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
Played the wrong opening. He will be back
March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichael Rice
Sweet. I might be the wierdo who turns on the podcast every week and says it along with him: "Hello, this is Lorin Maazel. I'm listening to uh...Opera Now...and I don't know why..."
March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
Hey All - great show! You kids keep me young. lol

FYI, Oliver, Shakespeare totally wrote the Willow Song for Desdemona:

Othello, Act III, Sc. iv

DESDEMONA
26 My mother had a maid call'd Barbary:
27 She was in love, and he she loved proved mad
28 And did forsake her: she had a song of "Willow,"
29 An old thing 'twas, but it express'd her fortune,
30 And she died singing it. That song tonight
31 Will not go from my mind; I have much to do,
32 But to go hang my head all at one side,
33 And sing it like poor Barbary. Prithee, dispatch.

EMILIA
34 Shall I go fetch your nightgown?

DESDEMONA
34 No, unpin me here.
35 This Lodovico is a proper man.

EMILIA
36 A very handsome man.

DESDEMONA
37 He speaks well.

EMILIA
38 I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot
39 to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.

DESDEMONA [Singing.]
40 "The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
41 Sing all a green willow:
42 Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
43 Sing willow, willow, willow:
44 The fresh streams ran by her, and murmur'd her moans;
45 Sing willow, willow, willow;
46 Her salt tears fell from her, and soften'd the stones;
47 Sing willow"—
48 Lay by these:—
49 — "willow, willow";—
50 Prithee, hie thee; he'll come anon:—
51 "Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
52 Let nobody blame him; his scorn I approve,"—
53 Nay, that's not next.—Hark! who is't that knocks?

EMILIA
54 It's the wind.

DESDEMONA [Singing.]
55 "I call'd my love false love; but what said he then?
56 Sing willow, willow, willow:
57 If I court moe women, you'll couch with moe men."
58 So, get thee gone; good night. Mine eyes do itch;
59 Doth that bode weeping?

EMILIA
59 'Tis neither here nor there.
March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuis
Oops. I meant to say the "Preghiera" which Verdi adapted to the Ave Maria.
March 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertho oc

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