Opera

The Met: Werther — Jules Massenet

“It seems to me pointless to do an opera as passionate as Werther and not try and reach out and touch the audience.” —Richard Eyre Well, Richard Eyre, I guess I took you too literally when I went back to see Werther a second time on Saturday. Despite making it way easier to accomplish by getting a much closer seat, there was no reaching. There was no touching! However, I can tell you that if…

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Werther: Jonas Kaufmann & Sophie Koch at the Met

I went to see this last night. *sigh* Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. For people who say writers can’t write quality work quickly, the program notes said…

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rogueragdoll: Jonas Kaufmann Is ON OUR RADAR: Opera Superstar Talks Wagner, ‘Parsifal,’ And Craving Time Off Interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/jonas-kaufmann-wagner_n_2792469.html “JK: [Wagner] didn’t call it an opera. He called it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, which means a stage blessing.” That’s funny, because that’s exactly what I call Jonas whenever I see him. (On stage. From my balcony box at the Met. Through my opera glasses, which do that cartoon eyeball popping out of the lens thing—but very quietly, so…

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Jonas Kaufmann – Core ‘ngrato – Peralada (by Adina Miranda) Cathy, Cathy, why are you saying these bitter words to me? Why are you speaking to me And tormenting my heart, Cathy? Don’t forget that I gave you my heart Don’t forget. Cathy,Cathy What are you saying? This talk is torture to me. Don’t you think of my pain? You don’t think about it You don’t care. Heart, ungrateful heart You’ve taken my life Everything…

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