Thursday, February 27, 2014

A tragedy!

Just got my 2014-15 Met season brochure. My subscription doesn't have Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk! Oh noes!

Actually, of course, I'm delighted. That is, in my opinion, the ugliest opera ever written. So, though I did add one (a full-length Zauberflote), I won't be adding it.

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At 2:43 PM, February 27, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Neither of us has even seen the opera, but I'd heard of it for some reason I couldn't recall, so checked online:

Suspect my recognition of the title had solely to do with its 3-decade Communist banishment.

At 2:46 PM, February 27, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Oh, it's ugly. The story is ugly, the characters horrible, and the music ... it's just noise. Seriously.

At 8:57 PM, February 27, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

The original Lady Macbeth wasn't exactly a sweetheart herself ;-)))

Will take your opinion under advisement should a performance of the opera ever show up on PBS.

At 7:12 AM, February 28, 2014 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Oh, the story is very much ugly. But, well... Tosca isn't an ugly story? Rigoletto?

As to the music: I'm a big Shostakovich fan, and I have a recording of this with Galina Vishnevskaya as Katerina. I haven't listened to it in years; I shall have to listen to it again and remind myself whether I like it.

(Nicely, it's on my laptop: I went through a project of shoving all 2500 of my CDs into my laptop and putting *everything* in my iTunes library. Less than 120 GB for all of it. So I can listen to it in bits during my two weeks in London (arrived last night).)

At 9:16 AM, February 28, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Tosca's an ugly story, but some of the characters are quite appealing. Rigoletto - you don't like Glinda? And in both cases the music utterly redeems the opera.

I am not a Shostakovich fan, and this is ugly even for him, in my opinion. But clearly mileage does vary!


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