Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Nothing can be better

Just found this quote from Jonas Kaufmann (in The New York Review of Books from last April:
I’ve seen semistaged or concert performances of operas that were more thrilling than staged ones. Why? Because it’s better to have nothing than to have something so disturbing that it distracts you from enjoying the music and that doesn’t allow the music to create its magic.
Wow, do I agree with that. I've seen some weird stagings (plays as well as operas - the worst was a Much Ado About Nothing set in the 1920s on a cruise ship; it was really hard to believe those crazy rich people would notice, much less care if Hero was a virgin) and when the staging distracts you so much ... It can be a perpetual irritation.

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At 1:32 PM, January 09, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

PBS has aired a couple of semi-staged productions in the past few years that we enjoyed:
"Candide," starring Kristen Chenoweth in full operatic mode; and,
"South Pacific" starring the surprising Reba McEntire (a music major in college, who clearly had operatic training) and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile -- although Alec Baldwin was horribly under-rehearsed as Luther Billis (Ray Walston's role), nearly ruining the performance single-handedly)

 
At 2:04 AM, January 10, 2013 Blogger عرب قيرلز had this to say...

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