The “Capuleti e Montecchi” White Shirt Extravaganza 2011- Live Thread

Welcome to the live comment thread for Bellini’s “Capuleti e Montecchi” from Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, sadly not starring Vesselina Kasarova as Romeo, but giving us a chance to listen to up-and-coming mezzo Tara Erraught wearing those boots. Eri Nakamura stars as Juliet, revisiting an part that already got her rave reviews in Covent Garden in 2009.

BR Klassik is responsible for the radio broadcast as of 7 p.m. (GMT+1) and has some some production info and photos available.

You can access the live stream here.

241 thoughts on “The “Capuleti e Montecchi” White Shirt Extravaganza 2011- Live Thread”

  1. greetings everyone. am in knee-high socks in boston. looking forward very much to this. the capturing machine is on. Just thought I put the links of the actual player here, since it seems to take me a while to find them:

    BR-KLASSIK

    Modem (56 kbps): MP3-Stream starten
    Breitband (128 kbps): MP3-Stream starten

    Modem (48 kbps): Windows Media Player starten
    Breitband (128 kbsp): Windows Media Player starten

    For capturing:
    http://gffstream.ic.llnwd.net/stream/gffstream_w13b

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  2. Tribute from the moderator:

    “Ms. Kasarova was the saddest of all at having to cancel. She has told me that the Romeno is one of her favorite parts, and especially the final scene one of her favorite scenes ever. She didn’t want to let down the audience and the broacast listeners…”

    and then:
    “good luck to Tara Erraught, the 24-year-old Irish mezzo…”
    TWENTY-FOUR?

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  3. The moderator is giving an overview over the synopsis and the staging, including light colors and scenery. Too bad we can’t see the Lacroix.

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  4. The intendant is once more commenting the cast change, stating in the end that this couple of Romeo and Juliet will definitely be close to the age envisioned by Shakespeare and Bellini (24, no kidding!).

    Also, he said that Erraught learned the part in five days (wasn’t she the regular understudy?). Although adding “We hope she’s up to it” was a little unfair.

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  5. Gosh, damn camel train was late… aren’t they always? Still, glad to see the gang’s gathering. And am hoping dear Suzette will release a pigeon or two at the interval with news re. costuming etc… must say I like the look of the Regency buck theme… Tally ho!!

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  6. wow, she sounds young.
    Light in color, but sizable.
    Not sure about the low register yet, but middle and height are holding up well so far. Flexible. And some nice portamenti there.

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  7. Well, they clapped… good sign, it’s Munich after all! Nice top, and great job staying in control under what must be very trying circumstances.

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      1. let’s give her a decade or two on that one…😉 (but will anyone ever get close to that VK chest register? I doubt it!)

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  8. OK think I’m beginning to see why they picked her, young, bit of oomph, ok maybe miss the knee trembling low register of VK but lots of energy and Spring in that voice.

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    1. yep🙂 although I think the chest register of VK really compares to none, no matter whom they could have flown in.

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  9. There’s a break to accommodate a light change (must be some light!)

    Moderator details what will follow:
    …Juliet in spacious cream-colored wedding dress that doesn’t fit her well. Green high heels in a corner (?). A crucified Jesus with a woman attached on the wall as a symbol of female yearnings (!?)
    Juliet drops the dress and meets Romeo in a pink shift.
    The director doesn’t let the lovers unite, having them sing at a distance. Body language shows desparation and loneliness.
    At the end of the duet, Romeo collapses atop Juliet (and here I thought that was the final scene of the opera?)

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  10. I like Nakamura. More “body” than your average belcanto soprano. And I agree on the conducting. Very transparent, but with drive.

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        1. guess only worry would be he the being so young she can keep it together for more productions, though a reception like this is likely to put her on cloud nine for a while

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  11. and it’s fascinating to see a Romeo and Juliet so close to each other in color – Erraught a bit more on the light side, especially in the top half, and Nakamura darker than most belcanto sopranos.

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    1. absolutely Anik was just thinking same, gives it a quite different feel… after all at the age they are supposed to be that would be exactly the case!

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    2. ja, though Romeo didn’t get drowned out. gives you a different feeling of the pair. i really like it!

      and ja, the orchestra is really moving along. i think it helped the nervous youngster in her romeo debut as well perhaps

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  12. now wedding party – the stairs scenery. Much cleavage, velvet and lace, Gilda gloves and stoles.

    and we’re in another scenery change break, so the moderator is talking about Bellini operas staged in Munich.

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  13. Ciao! I’m arriving late and probably won’t stay around long (no day off until April 9th!). Seems I’m lucky enough to catch Act II… Cool!😀 Thanks for hosting us, Anik!

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  14. favorite choir shouts:
    “Romeo! Romeo!”
    “Rofrano! Rofrano!”

    guys with R and 3 syllables are all you need to keep a mezzo lover happy there.

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  15. wasn’t this scene also done with stairs in Liège?
    and I remember Dew staging it in the early 2000s with moving stairs, too… must be the theme of the decade.

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    1. much slow motion and standing apart, apparently – at least that’s what the moderator said in the beginning.

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  16. 30 minutes break,
    with 2 interviews – one with the director (recorded 10 days ago), and the next one they didn’t mention yet.

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  17. first question for the director is “Are you a specialist for Baroque?”

    he says yes, and he’s trying to expand to belcanto and 19th century.

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  18. Awesome! Liked what I heard bunch!😀 Bravi a tutti!

    Hello to all, too. Would love to hear Romeo’s entrance indeed. Thanks a bunch, An. I owe ya’ a big crunchy Vietnamese sandwich when you get to SD for the Vondung Octavian.😉

    Thanks for the VK well wishes collection, Anik! Will send the first batch on Monday, I think. Will probably do that weekly so her family won’t get too smoldered with emails.

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    1. I’m attempting to brew a cup of hot cocoa😉 , tho I’m supposed to be keeping an eye (or both) on the bulldog pup… Can’t see him at the moment. Hope he isn’t chewing up anyone’s shoes… 😛

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    2. thanks, Eyes! I think a glass of Montes would go nicely with the Capuleti.🙂

      …the sandwich is a good idea, tha dieu!

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  19. Moderator:
    same stairs stage as at the act of end 1.
    Giulietta is back in the shift instead of the wedding dress. Choir ladies coming from the pit in voluptuous dresses (that will have gone over well with the musicians…)
    The rest is retelling synopsis.

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      1. apparently, they’re coming onto stage from the pit, which will take about 2 minutes, and only afterwards the music will set in, which is why we have to wait a bit in silence.

        perhaps the orchestra protested playing with the choir walking through?😉

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  20. final scene: no stairs, triangular room with a frame, a rising moon, Giulietta buried in her wedding dress.

    And lest we think that the moon is romantic: it’s crass neon light that’s supposed to be harsh and unfriendly.

    Romeo finally uprights Giulietta, like a doll, and fantasizes about taking poison, but he doesn’t take it. Giulietta wakes up, they are reunited and leave the frame and the stage towards the dark of the audience – the characters leaving behind the word that wouldn’t let them be happy. On stage, the arriving others bemoan the death of Giulietta, just like in the libretto.

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        1. Very good translation, too! Wish we could see how this ‘fantasized’ final scene plays out in theater. Could be interesting if done well (like the way Die tote Stadt ends in Strasboug or Vienna DVDs).😀

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  21. I suspect that minx has let some filly distract her at the crush bar, damn flibbertigibbet. There will be words I tell you, words!

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  22. I’m loving the Muenchner audience, too. In San Diego you wouldn’t be able to hear the last bar or two of the aria. People here can’t wait for the music to stop before clapping. It’s worse than an itch or something.😛

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        1. God yes, that is an “Ausnahmezustand”. As much as the Viennese love their “Grubi”, the craze is much more notable in Munich, probably because the Germans tend to be so stiff otherwise.

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  23. and now for the big tenor – mezzo smackdown!!

    this must be one of the top three swagger scenes in opera at large🙂

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        1. I bet you didn’t need much forgiveness with it, tho.🙂 I played the clarinet… only in the hope of driving my parents batty with off-pitched playing. Didn’t work well… They’re both tone deaf, pretty much.😦

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    1. first the jolly entrance to the tomb chorus, now “epic” tempo – well, if you manage breath control through this, you’ll manage it through pretty much anything…

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    2. of course, VK would have been epic with those low notes, but Erraught knows what she has, and what she doesn’t have, and she doesn’t force them.

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      1. SO glad for ya Dr T…. that’s a VERY long flight to take without a sure fire fun time waiting at the end of it, and the basis of this you got the win-win.

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  24. Wow great round for TE, what a brave performance, and so touching. Nothing will ever replacew VK for me in that role, but damn TE done good

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  25. I should hope so, she was under strict orders. Though between you and me Dr T, she’s developing a touch of British reserve around that kind of thing. Can’t think *where* she picked that up😉

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  26. Breaking News: Suzette says it was GREAT. Great evening, fantastic production and TE great too (bear in mind S is probably the world’s biggest VK fan and had been grumpy all week knowing she wasn’t singing tonight!! She must have been good to pass the S test!).

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    1. thanks for the pics, will link them in the WSM today, as well –

      yup, shirt-rolling technique could be worked on, but I love the enthusiasm.

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  27. I’ve been rereading these coments full of erudition and enthusiasm. My favourite ? – ” …… meets Romeo in a pink shift” :))

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