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OperaNow! #235: Half A Show Is Better Than None

...even THIS show.

BEMF Preview...Bartoli lives in Amereeeeca...The couple that saved San Diego Opera...Alice Coote...Florida Grand Opera finishes season in the black...

This week in Oliver's Corner, Another Mother of Dragons.

Guess Who Died? (And Didn't)


This week features Michael, The OC, Doug Dodson, and Jenny Rivera.

Reader Comments (3)

Great to hear you guys back, even at 'half-strength'.

Rinaldo was done at NYCO back in 2000. The cast included David Daniels, Christine Goerke, Lisa Saffer, among others.
It was the first Handel opera I had seen onstage, and loved the piece and production.

Here's the NY Times review -

June 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRDaggle

Hey - half a show is better than none! In fact, this is one of the best Opera Nows in recent memory! Believe it or not, Rinaldo of all pieces was my gateway opera. I remember hearing it on CBC Radio back in the mid 80s - it was the same production that I think ultimately went to the MET...or had already been there. It was being broadcast from Ottawa back when they had a booming summer opera festival going [those days now looong gone] with Horne, Ramey and Vaness. It hooked me! I then purchased what was my first opera recording - a cassette of Rinaldo highlights found at my university bookstore. I listened Almirena's entrance aria + Argante's big killer aria over and over. I'm not such a Handel opera fan these days but would love to hear Rinaldo any old time!
I also appreciate the honest, adult, respectful treatment you gave to the Coote story. As you mentioned, this wasn't yet another one of those articles dealing with (gasp!) women who play male characters in opera [please god deliver us from any more of those...ever again!]. What Coote was trying to express was much more subtle and deep and your discussion reflected that - can't think of anywhere I might hear the whole Jenner frenzy tied into a story about pants roles in opera!

June 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergianmarco

Yes Rinaldo! One of my favourites. Particularly enjoyed the extra-long Vo far guerra. It's like discovering deleted scenes from a film you love.

The Alice Coote discussion was interesting. I have never felt entirely comfortable with my gender (although I feel no desire to change it), and dislike being pigeonholed because of it. So I guess that was part of opera's appeal for me too.

Excellent takedown of Lebrecht too. His Mahler book is dreadful.

June 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMenuet alla Zoppa

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