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Nice to see Joana Carneiro getting a gig.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2014 on Has ENO finally woken up to reality? at Intermezzo
I wonder if there's a way to market to raccoons? 250,000 potential customers ought to appeal to Mr. Neef.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2014 on Jazz hands please at Intermezzo
Sure would be nice if a COC co-pro were to open in Toronto occasionally instead of travelling the world first.
Actually just checked for comparison. One can get a six performance subscription to COC next season for $169. I bet that will be cheaper than the Met broadcasts by the time next season comes around.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on London's cheapest Met HD tickets at Intermezzo
Yikes! Prices here have risen to C$26 (GBP 14 more or less). Cheaper than London but still more than double a Stehplatz at COC ($12)
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on London's cheapest Met HD tickets at Intermezzo
OK so I don't really get the business model for heavily subsidised opera companies but for an organization running at 60-70% capacity to be increasing the number of performances looks like madness. I reckon one needs to run at 90% or so before the dreaded "waiting for discounts" syndrome sets in. Once that does happen "realisation" as opposed to "utilisation" drops like a stone. Who on earth pays full whack for an ENO ticket? They are always discounted.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2013 on Mixed results for ENO at Intermezzo
Yes, Johannes is the COC's MD. He worked overtime last season conducting, I think, 4 of the 7 productions including Tristan. I have been very impressed with his work since his arrival here and what he did with Fledermaus was really interesting.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Die Fledermaus bats for ENO at Intermezzo
Unsurprisingly it did feature that great Toronto invention surtitles!
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Die Fledermaus bats for ENO at Intermezzo
I'm intrigued by the reviews I'm reading of this. I haven't seen the ENO version but I did see the production twice when it was given in Toronto. There it was very much "of a piece". The performances and the conducting matched Alden's overall concept really well. Michael Schade was a suitably neurotic Eisenstein, Ambur Braid was a curiously Lulu like Adele and Johannes Debus conjured a sound from the orchestra that was curiously akin to Berg. At one point I sat in on him rehearsing the orchestra so I know this was very deliberate. When I read the ENO reviews it sounds more like singers and conductor doing their standard Fledermaus thing in an Alden wrapper and I can well see why that might seem disconnected or less than coherent. *********** Intermezzo replies - It was sung in German in Toronto, and I suspect that would make difference too.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Die Fledermaus bats for ENO at Intermezzo
Alexander Neef signed a contract with COC through 2021 just a year ago. Not saying he couldn't/wouldn't break it but...
Rameau seems to respond well to a surreal treatment. There are a couple of good Paris recordings of "Les Paladins" (Christie)and "Platée" (Minkowski)
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2013 on Glyndebourne's Hippolyte et Aricie at Intermezzo
The Fledermaus is a must see. The cast isn't (IMO) as strong as in Toronto but it's a really good production. Chris Alden's Rigoletto is probably more controversial but Quinn Kelsey was really good in it. I would kill to see that production of Grimes with that cast.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on ENO 2013 - 2014 season details at Intermezzo
"lavish productions" not "thought provoking" or "dramatic" or "groundbreaking". Gah!
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2013 on Pick your own at Intermezzo
Planning a trip for Christmas 2014 when my son will be en poste at the Australian Embassy.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2013 on Business is booming for Berlin Opera at Intermezzo
That Wozzeck looks really appealing. Can't see visiting London in November though!
I would have expected Ms. Fleming to be the sort of person who would wear rubber gloves while "probing"
A sour angelica habit is one addiction I would prefer to avoid.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2013 on The $5,000 rhino at Intermezzo
This will be one of the very few times Pynkowski has worked with anybody other than the usual Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik gang. It will be very interesting to see what happens. ********************************************* Intermezzo replies - I've never seen any of his productions, but his promise of 'authenticity' should be right up Salzburg's street.
Excellent! Maybe this time it will make it to DVD. I saw this on TV first time round and would really like to see it agin. Any idea who is singing?
You didn't expect a positive review of a contemporary opera from Arthur Kaptainis did you?
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2012 on Foul weather ahead at Intermezzo
There's a plaque commemorating Glenn Gould at the Toronto Humane Society
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2012 on This is what internets are made for at Intermezzo
a timid, monotonous score resembling a background track to a BBC2 documentary about tadpoles or something. Ouch!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2012 on Turkey Kebab at Intermezzo
That is a horribly conservative season. Is that the general trend now in the US, SFO aside?
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2012 on Another day, another Doge at Intermezzo
What ALocksley said!
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