Mezzo (and Soprano) Alert: the Capuleti & Montecchi Live Thread

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Welcome to the live comment thread for Bellini’s “Capuleti e Montecchi” from Opéra Liège, starring Patrizia Ciofi (Giulietta) and Laura Polverelli (Romeo).

182 thoughts on “Mezzo (and Soprano) Alert: the Capuleti & Montecchi Live Thread”

  1. …trouble loading the page. Gnnf. Anyone else? (the white shirt IS starched, it can’t be because I don’t meet the dress code)

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  2. You know in retrospect maybe it would have been better if their first time with all this webcasting wasn’t with a white shirt😉 they should have started with carmen🙂

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    1. you have a point there – but then we get a bad image as party crasher (“no, not those white shirts again! Server overload!”) Glad to hear it works for some of us at least.

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  3. page still won’t load. Styx, what does it look like?

    @Purity: after those performance shots (thanks for digging them up!), I kind of wish they had stuck with the jeans… right now, I am projecting jeans onto my “loading page” window…

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  4. Damn, I lost it ! There was choice with or without english subtitles and i lost the link when I tried for the subtitles version

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  5. LOL “white shirt crash”… yup that’s a danger. Got a weird patch though, Suspa over in Munich has me on Skype video on her laptop pointed at her desktop so I can kind of see and kind of hear…. where there’s a white shirt there’s a way🙂

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  6. So Romeo isn’t really doing it for me in the convincing man stakes (hmm maybe they should have called in a couple of white shirts for advice on strapping ;)) but the voice is doing it very nicely!!

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  7. from the stills alone I’d say that padded fencing coats in red don’t really fancy anyone. also: calling hair department. Check, please!

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  8. Did i read it right that Suspa is showing it via skype??🙂. keep the comments coming! i schedule a showing of this to some friends but it won’t be until saturday arghhh . also agree from stills: i’d rather have romeo in jeans🙂

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  9. oh, yay Ciofi.
    Their voices blend very nicely. I’d tag Polverelli in the Belcanto-up-to-Adalgisa corner.

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  10. she’s wonderful, perhaps even better than in the DVD! – the projection backgrounds are growing on me, but yeah, in between the tights and the wringing hands… hrrm.

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  11. yes, this whole plot set-up looks like an excuse for one giant white shirt duet.

    Stage could use some more light, though – it’s getting wielandish.

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  12. nope, not just you. but hey, nothing wrong with femme fortes! (and to be fair, Ciofi has done this piece more often)

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  13. Come back from the bar! Black Shirt Ciofi speaking French!!!

    (on second thought… bring the gin, Purity!)

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  14. Hmm, Ciofi is definately has more emotion invested in this production. But might be partly because of the part…. last year seeing the anna netrebko and elina garanca production at Covent Garden – Netrebko had the more passionate performance.

    Love the production – minimal but great projected backgrounds….

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  15. yep, I like the projected backgrounds idea, too – and Ciofi wins when it comes to acting chops.

    …hey, move that camera back to the Ladies Wardrobe! Nothing against intendants, but hey… the actual reasons for the masterpiece are sitting in the wardrobe at the moment…

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  16. The thing that is really killing it production wise for me is hair and wardrobe. Laura P is a very beautiful woman who has been made to look not unlike a frumpy 1970s Glaswegian school dinner lady…

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  17. In Belgium projected scenery is still new?! Wouldn’t have guessed, since they are definitely pioneers when it comes to broadcasting. Wordlwide.

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  18. He did not just ask that question.

    And she did NOT just give that answer!!!

    This is turning into White Shirts 2011 pregroup….

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  19. Know that one? “A Klingon and a mezzo meet in the woods…”

    (though I thought it was a Riding Hood, and not a pair of pants…)

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  20. You know she can brandish that steely length all she likes but until they get her a better outfit she’s not going to pull of the man thing (ermm, ach you know what I mean)

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  21. My heart is thumping in anticipation.

    Right – all sharp edges padded? Check. Pillows on floor to break fall? Check. Lemon sliced for the gin? Check. Ready when you are Ms Ciofi….

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  22. nice shift into lower middle. The only thing I’m not that taken with are her top notes when she has to go at it above mf. That said, I’d love to hear her do Idamante, and more so when Ciofi does Ilia.

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    1. at least it is the Bulgarian women’s choirs from the title song for sure. (hey, that brings VK into it, doesn’t it?)

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    1. the one that ends with the Sleeping Beauty kiss, right. If only they took some plot pointers (and cut the red jammies… I know the color is very Raphaelite, but it only works when you’re an ephemeric Renaissance male basked in Raphaelite Light, and have unreal calves… and don’t have to move!)

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      1. Yeah that one! Oh god what a sad pair of old dykes reliving Xena eps…😉 But then white shirt opera is just one big Xena fest really eh!

        Yup, red, tricky, with her tones I’d have gone with a Rossetti green..

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  23. …non puoi, non puoi nel mio dolor. *sigh*

    well done, Ms. Polverelli. (also: way better hand placements without sword. *cough*)

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    1. – And another bottle of gin Matilda… Matilda! Oh for god’s sake … To lose one ladies companion may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

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    1. I liked her whole masculine/feminine thing… but Ms. P was a little too hammy for me. And I actually liked the padded tunic… reminded me of my fencing days!

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  24. Girls, we should do this more often. – Now who hijacks the elevator in time to line up at the stage entrance with a white shirt to sign?😉 (alternatively, I’m off to wade through 3.428 screenshots to make a little selection for later this week…)

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  25. thank you so much again Anik, this was great great fun. now it’s a bit hard for me to get back to work (poor romeo… poor giulietta…)

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  26. Thank you for coming over, Ladies, and for sharing the fainting and the sighs and the snark!

    Good night!

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  27. I completed a transaction on 20 Feb 2010 for 2 live performances HQ. I never received password or trnsaction confirmation, however the sum was drawn from my account. Repeatedly sent comment about this and nobody replied. Unfortunately the has my data and I cannot create another account, therefore I am stuck even if I dispute the transaction. Tried to call the number of the Opera and signal is busy. Seems that nobody cares about communication. Do not know how to proceed further. Any advice?

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    1. @Mihaela Tufa: sorry to hear you are having such troubles with OperaLive, especially as it seems to have gone smoothly for everyone else. – Have you tried to leave a comment on their blog, or leave a message on their Facebook page?

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