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All remaining tickets for the first two performances of OHP's new Adriana Lecouvreur are reduced to £30 - roughly half price. The dates are Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 July, and you need to book online using the promo code... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Just in case your appetite for Covent Garden's La bohème is not fully sated, Travelzoo have a half price ticket offer for July performances. Stalls seats for matinee shows are 'only' £95 (a saving of up to 50%) with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Enough to put anyone off their World Cup snacks. More of Anna's Macbeth rehearsal pics from Munich here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Intermezzo
For those who weren't there - the entire opera was staged behind the proscenium arch - in other words, ignoring the front 8ft or so of stage. This front section is the only part of the stage which all seats (apart from restricted view) can see clearly. It's also the best place to produce good vocal resonance - if you've ever wondered why old hands like JDF and Roberto park themselves there, that's why. To add to the problems, both the beginning and end of the show employed high-level platforms, which restrict visibility and audibility even further, especially with the 'letterbox' effect at the back of the stalls circle (and not just in the cheap seats). It beggars belief that ROH management cleared the production designs. They're as much to blame as the director, who may have genuinely misunderstood the issues. He looked quite shocked (as well as upset) at the boos
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2014 on The Two Tenors at Intermezzo
You need to submit your email address where it says 'submit' and wait for the voucher code to appear in your inbox, as it says.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on ENO half price cinema offer at Intermezzo
Get two tickets for the price of one to tomorrow's cinema screening of Benvenuto Cellini when you subscribe to the ENO Screen newsletter. Participating cinemas are listed here. This is the best thing ENO have done in years, so don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Cecilia Bartoli has had a busy week. Opening her 2014 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, singing in it, celebrating her birthday and, finally, revealing her plans for the 2015 festival. All whilst dressed as a milkmaid. Pretty impressive. This year's festival centres... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Intermezzo
I am incredibly busy these days, working all day and out most nights, and generally just don't have time. It's not just a question of knocking out a few words - there are facts to be checked, photos to be sourced, edited and uploaded, and it all takes longer than you might think. There are several on my backburner (including this Rosenkavalier) that I'd like to get round to, but probably won't.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2014 on Almost live from Glyndebourne at Intermezzo
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Sunday 8 June is the date for the first of this year's Glyndebourne not-quite-livestreams. Der Rosenkavalier can be seen on the Glyndebourne and Daily Telegraph websites (free), and in cinemas (£££). The live show begins at 3.20pm but the streaming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Swapping Tosca tales backstage at the Royal Opera House, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann. More on Roberto's Facebook page. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Intermezzo
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You mean Abba?
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2014 on Opera's new power couple? at Intermezzo
First time I've heard anyone call Rene Pape a pervert.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2014 on Opera's new power couple? at Intermezzo
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Anna Netrebko comes over all arboreal at the Life Ball. In her defence, the theme was 'Garden of Earthly Delights'. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Conchita Wurst and Rene Pape both took to the stage at Saturday's Life Ball in Vienna - though, tragically, not together. Luckily for us they were able to compare beards backstage. It seems everyone at the celeb-infested charity event was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Intermezzo
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You can listen to the interview on the BBC iPlayer using the link in the post above. The iPlayer is generally available to UK IP addresses only. IP addresses are generally linked to your location. So if you are in the UK, your device almost certainly has a UK IP address, and you won't have any problems accessing the audio. If you are outside the UK and the iPlayer doesn't work, you need to change your IP address to a UK one. You can do this using a proxy switching tool. There are paid ones, which usually work well, or free ones, which can be flaky. You could try 'ProxySwitcher' plug-in, which is a free add on from Mozilla for Firefox users. You will need a specific UK IP address: free-proxy-list.net has some. If the suggested options don't work for you there are plenty of similar ones available.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2014 on Jonas Kaufmann is pleased to see you at Intermezzo
Perhaps Tcherniakov wasn't told the budget was limited. If the WSJ info is complete, he wasn't told about the dimensions of the stage or the set transportation issues. It appears time is being wasted as well as money.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on You paid $169,000 for THAT? at Intermezzo
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The Wall Street Journal takes a long hard look at how the Met spends its production budget - which last year included $169,000 for Dmitri Tcherniakov's hand-made Prince Igor poppy field alone. Image - The Wall Street Journal Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Jonas Kaufmann 'rummages for a hanky' during an extended interview to be broadcast on Radio 3's Music Matters this Saturday at 12.15pm. *UPDATE* The ROH have published a digested version of the interview. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Intermezzo
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See, you don't need years of expensive music lessons. A cage of Asian small-clawed otters at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. display their keyboard skills. You want more? The National Zoo has more. I give you an orang... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Intermezzo
Horror legend Sir Christopher Lee has turned to opera for his new EP, Metal Knight . The oldest Escamillo in town backs his classically-trained bass with heavy metal guitar for a unique take on the Toreador's March from Carmen (FF... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Opera-going can be bad for your health. Especially if the composer is Richard Wagner and the opera is five hours long. "Prolonged sitting inhibits venous function, blood pools in the legs and they can swell. Also, the risk of thrombosis... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Intermezzo
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The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera. The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Intermezzo
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Read my previous comment.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Pereira takes a pay cut at Intermezzo
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The Vienna State Opera are kindly giving Intermezzo readers the chance to try out their live streaming service (normally €14 a pop) for free. The service, launched in late 2013, offers live opera broadcasts in Full HD. While you're watching,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Intermezzo
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The hands of a stuffed baboon. I leave you to consider its pertinence.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2014 on Pereira takes a pay cut at Intermezzo