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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Leaving the whole special effects and the much talked about conversation subject on the look of this production aside, and focusing on the opera itself...I could not enjoy it.  I guess it'll stay in my mind as an operatic curiosity that speaks of a particular composer's form and vision which I guess deserves to be seen at least once for the record...but just that.

 

Now let me get back to Violetta and Alfredo...



#2 Helene

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

I prefer the music to "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk," but I thought the entire integrated production was terrific.

There was a lot of dancy movement in it, mostly in the animation, but Paulo Szot had his moments, too.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:03 AM

Yeah...the animations and computerized projections were cool.  I guess I could enjoy it if it was one of those contemporary art installations that use all that media and stuff that one bumps into at art shows to look at it with amazed looks for some minutes to then keep moving trying to find the real art.  But for two hours I found it exhausting. 

 

I wonder who the dancer on pointe was in the vintage footage...



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:35 AM

My brother told me there was footage of Anna Pavlova, probably that's what you're referring to? I have not seen the production myself. And I do not know where he got that information, but I will ask.

 

Edit: Apparently William Kentridge said this in an interview my brother saw on Youtube.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:30 AM

In the pre-performance interview with Peter Gelb, Kentridge discussed this.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:06 PM

He did indeed, now that I remember.  But I hadn't seen such Pavlova's footage before, if mem. serves. 



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:46 PM

It's possible actual footage was extended. He didn't say.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:15 PM

The Nose was fantastic:  smart, beautiful, well-sung and impeccably played.  This is the kind of artistic integrity--musical and artistic--that we rarely get to experience with ballet, alas. 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:05 PM

I loved it. The sets, projections and music were zany and fun. I'm glad it will be part of the tv broadcast schedule so I can see it again.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:50 PM

I too loved it.

 

Candidly, this is difficult music for me; and I went not expecting to like it much.  Indeed, I didn't like it much for the first 30 minutes or so, but once I tuned into Shostakovich's quasi-atonal "melodies", and especially his use of rhythm, I started to really like it.  By the end, I was a total convert.....literally sitting on the edge of my chair (this was the MetHD showing) in amazement and excitement.  I particularly enjoyed the ensemble pieces.  The complexity and power of the quartet when Kovalyov and his servant sing about the letter on house right of the stage while Madame Podtochina and her daughter were to house left and above, was mind bending for me.  It actually reminded me of some of the famous sextets etc in some bell canto operas (but of course in a completely different tonal landscape).

 

I even found the story moving.  I'm a sucker for all that is absurdist in literature in any case, so it was easy for me to relate to the themes of how silly we humans are about our vanity, social standing, and priorities.  I thought Gogol's story captured all this well.

 

I was blown away by the creativity of William Kentridge.  As I'm sure has been said many times elsewhere, his use of video was remarkable.  He drove the action with the same non-stop intensity as Shostakovich's music.  Basically, I just loved everything about this production......a production I didn't even expect to like wink1.gifbiggrin.png.

 

Three cheers for the MET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:29 AM

I always do my little two questions test with any musical product I want to test in its likeness-(let's leave the XXI Century marvels of this particular production aside...}

 

1-Would I buy a CD to have it at home...?

2-Would I play such CD in my car to listen to while driving..?

 

Many times I've asked the question in the middle of public discussions of this like, and I've noticed hesitation in the answers....specially from those who want to be completely honest about it. 

 

I have my good shares of 1-"no" and 2-"no" from people who liked the live showing.  Alas, one of them went to say that for him it was all about the allure of the technical marvels.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

I saw The Nose live in the Big House this past Saturday.  I thought it was a novelty that I enjoyed seeing once, but woud not see again because I'm not generally a fan of the music.  The thing that made this special for me was the production values. There were a good number of teenagers in the audience - more than I  normally see at the opera.



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:13 AM

I saw The Nose live in the Big House this past Saturday.  I thought it was a novelty that I enjoyed seeing once, but woud not see again because I'm not generally a fan of the music.  The thing that made this special for me was the production values. There were a good number of teenagers in the audience - more than I  normally see at the opera.

 

That makes two of us...

 

Anybody else...?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:49 PM

I guess I like the music. One of my favorite operas is Wozzeck! But other favorites are Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème and Der Rosenkavalier. So, lots of different styles in these. I guess if I were to answer, it would be Yes and Yes. I don't go to the ballet expecting Giselle every time. Sometimes I like Agon or Episodes. Sometimes it's Tutus and Tiaras (to quote a friend of mine here) and other times it's practice clothes. Same with all art for me.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:56 PM

When I bought CDs for "The Nose" about a decade ago, I listened to it a lot, and since then only once or twice a year, especially since I'm a Sirius and medici.tv subscriber, and there's so much to listen to on YouTube and not enough hours in the day.

 

I'm also a big "Wozzeck" fan, and I'm so disappointed the Met didn't include it in the HD season.




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