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Eugene Merrett

07-10-99, 04:50 PM (GMT)
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"standing at Covent Garder"
 
   According to the very helpful staff at the box box office the standing room areas will be able to see the sub title screen at all areas. The stall places will have their own special screen.

This is great. I remember too well folks trying to do contortions in the standing areas to see the subtitle screen.

May I make a plea for some of you too see some opera. This is probably the best opera company in the world. La Boheme is a great intro to opera and should be seen. Its a great production at Covent Garden with lavish sets by Zifferelli. Moreover it has none of the absurd pretensions and riduculous plot lines and dialogue that blight many operas. This opera is very much in the verismo style!! It is a very chatty opera much every day dialogue. Act one has a good scene when the struggling artist argue with the landlord over the rent!! But do bring your hankie as it is a real tear jerker!!!


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  RE: standing at Covent Garder Ann Williams 07-10-99 1
     RE: standing at Covent Garder Eugene Merrett 08-10-99 2
         RE: standing at Covent Garder fuzzy face 08-10-99 3

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Ann Williams

07-10-99, 11:12 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: standing at Covent Garder"
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   Eugene

I am actually trying to get into opera - I love the Tchaikovsky operas, particularly 'Queen of Spades'. Is there an opera site like this or Balletalert? I haven't been able to find one.


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Eugene Merrett

08-10-99, 03:38 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: standing at Covent Garder"
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   I do know not any opera web site. I suspect it is partly due to the fact that opera goers are much older! I would not worry too much - most opera goers are very snobby!

How did you get to see the Queen of Spades - were you in Paris or New York for it (or else were). if you like that one try Engen Onegin - Tchiakovsy sad and brooding lyrical opera. It will be at the ENO next Spring. Unfortunetly it is in English so that means it is unintelligible!

But La Boheme is a must - it is the Swan Lake of Operas (It is the most commonly performed opera at Covent Garden 400 performances against 800 Swan Lakes).

The other opera that you should see is Die Miestersingers. Although it is very long is is fairly approachable and funny (yes it is a comic opera). It has tremedous warmth and humanity to it and one the most gloriously uplifting endings. It has no anti-semetic overtones (unless you are looking for it) or highly pretentious philosphical musings which blight alot of Wagner. Of course you better by a seat for that one because it is over 6 hours long with intermission.


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fuzzy face

08-10-99, 03:50 PM (GMT)
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   La Boheme? Die Meistersingers? Yuck. You want a good opera with some good tunes. Try Don Giovanni or La Traviata at the Wells next week.


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