[Tuesday mood: sitting regally on the couch with a bottle of red wine and a bag of chips (do watch that trailer), blasting the self-important colleague hogging the faculty meeting right off the conference table. – Vincent Wolfsteiner (Siegfried) and Rachael Tovey (Brünnhilde) in Wanger’s “Siegfried”, Nuremberg 2015]

This is a week I can only manage in Tovey reaction shots, so bare with my Wagner here. The current Nuremberg “Ring” – running for a final time this month with much of the same cast –  as staged Georg Schmiedleitner is fun, but it is also the most unabashed rip-off of the Stuttgart “Ring” (and some other Ring suspects) possible, down to Siegfried’s t-shirt and the apartment digs for Siegfried Act III.

The Nuremberg Brünnhilde is Rachel Tovey, a magnificent singer-actress who gets far too little recognition. I was lucky to catch her early in her career as Contessa and as Amelia (Ballo in maschera) – great vocal scope, already back then, and her acting was impeccable. I remember her Contessa in particular being comedy gold and for her alone, I wish I could have seen this “Ring” in person (if it returns, I will have to look for conferences nearby)

And if you need a pick-me-up today, watch that video trailer to the end, to Brünnhildes first taste of chips, to then hug the bag and settle down on to the couch for a ratty TV dinner. Which is exactly, with an iced beer on top, what I want to be doing after surviving this meeting.

 

 

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          1. Tried to read the original – still a prediction of “will sing in the second cast”, dissing color changes in register changes (please go directly to jail, do not pass Kasarova, do not collect €400), saying the second aria should be worthwhile because of agility? (I look at an opening night Italian, thinking: I would have gone somewhere more Southeastern for this)

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          2. :-), she’s graduated to complaint level of change in register! melikes! clearly there’s a reason why we like her singing! 🙂 . so annoying though these comments.. i also found no trace of photos, grrrr…
            (and now i have to think back to that super-smoothed cd, i guess they went in and cleaned out all her colors + shaping to sell…)

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          3. Back to the Paris Mitridate radio broadcast, then…!

            (Still no press coverage, the alternate casts really do get the B treatment?)

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          4. That thing where my brain momentarily shuts off…? Happening.

            So – I drive past almost Volksoper daily and If there had been a Tito announcement, I would have been there, so I guess it was before 2015? (I hope because otherwise it will be a “Petibon was in town and I didn’t even KNOW?” meltdown on my part)

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          5. no, you couldn’t have possibly missed it.. given my record of trying to unearth her prev engagement 😉 , and the fact this just shows up now.. along with a few other listings of her prev singing of the Contessa (in Germany)… too bad she’s not on E.Haïm’s band’s plan for next year… but i saw Torino will host ACA’s double-bill “la voix humaine” and ‘il segreto di Susanna” next season. No S.Mingardo or Iervolino sadly.. and JEGardiner is bringing his CT-filled Poppea to Torino, boo.

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          6. yes, I saw the Haïm listing and thought: missing two crucial names here…! Sigh.

            perhaps some diligent fan reworked the bio on bach-cantatas? I am trying not to wither away in envy at past Contessa news… the update stamp said early 2017?

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          7. that early 2017 was in her home town just this past month.. that doesn’t count given that she announced it like 1 week before i arrived in Torino… but before that she was already singing it elsewhere.. so there’s good chance she might get offer again? would be really lovely to hear her as Vitellia! (just for the interpretation alone!) . still keeping up hope for Romeo of course… Nerone… or Poppea… (minus CT..)
            (but i’m so happy about the Händel thing in Jan, coz music = super piny, liiiiike! and please please, don’t cancel… as you said, her schedule is not that filled up (yet)… )

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          8. jeah, clearly dedicated fan.. and she’s also putting her names out there? coz i thought that bach-cantatas site normally only have listings of singers who have sung Bach…

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          9. no, not at all. More early music intially, perhaps, but they’re covering a lot these days.

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          10. I was kind of stuck on that on my commute this morning – Vitellia would be a similar range as Elettra there, which I also cannot picutre that readily: all that ire and indignation and power-wielding are different from what we have heard/Seen so far. If we were privy to her Elvira these days, the connection might be easier to make? It’s a whole set-up of not-so-piny range that we haven’t see from her yet, and it would be great to get a chance to do so.

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          11. I just thought the same thing. But unless it’s really hyped things, tickets should be possible (very pricey, but possible).

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          12. oh, is it very pricey? but you just need to sort out how to get there with a ticket in hand (we’ll sort that out!) , i can configure an airbnb for both of us! like in front of the theater? so we can look out to casually attempt to catch someone walking into rehearsal? :p

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          13. I’d probably be up hiking in the vines around the city… Geneva is among the priciest places out there, not just opera, but in general.

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          14. I’ve got a total of 8 pics included int hat post. It is uncanny, and my brain is very intensely wired to one precedent there. (sigh)

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          15. the Liceu retweeted it, so it was on my timeline. couldn’t find more on Twitter with the DonG Liceu hastag, and didn’t brave FB yet.

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      1. No, the Siegfried one, you have seen that, I guess? I love this contrast, especially for the soo venerable and important Wagner (And uncanny many recognition effects, the student WG, the washing machine, the crisps, I will have to forward it to my brother immediately, he’ll love that)
        The bad thing with endlessly talking guys in meetings is, you would like to give them contra, but that will prolong the meeting even further… good luck!

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        1. Oh the Siegfried! – sorry, limited access right now. Yes, that one is hilarious (as is the concept, but it smacks so much of the Wieler/Morabito that I am a bit taken aback) and I love the part where they settle onto the couch and Brünnhilde hogs the chips/crisps with that eyebrow raise.

          – meeting drowns on at 35 degrees, now female tenured colleague droning on and asking “I am sorry, is that too condensed? Should I report this in more detail?”

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          1. …I think we have those very same crisps in the cupboard, I might consider a re-staging of the scene, given the current crazy work days.

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          2. Comforting to know that I am not the only one having a “it’s time to conjure up Brünnhilde” week!

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  1. All the Valkyries, please! With chips and a beer even better. (Though with no Jessye singing of miracles, well…)

    (LOL-ing to myself that even a post about WAGNER manages to come back to MP and Mitridate eventually. 😉 )

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    1. Heh.
      Not even my fault here; Papatanasiu is singing Donna Elvira in Barcelona these days and none of us could be in attendance, plus she’s not in the radio broadcast, so we’re looking at the press coverage.

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        1. …and as if we’d ever need an external reason to talk about our favorites.
          But a revisited Vitellia would be really interesting, to see whether there would be any piny energy in there? It might me a really interesting angle.

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          1. jeah. because the character as a whole is not on piny side, so you need to prepare an entirely different approach? besides, i liked a lot her “ma quando tornerai” when she let it ripped on the 2nd night in Wien

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          2. yes, and I think it worked because it stemmed from a place of hurt we had been privy to see develop in the show.
            Same reason I would like her Elettra plans to go through someplace – because I imagine that her portrayal of anger would get a more complex underbelly of sensitivity and hurt.
            And it would also be an intereting set-up for Vitellia – how would that relate to Sesto (only a ploy to get to Tito, or more? How does Vitellia relate to Tito, just title or also emotions?)

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          3. (not to mention she might also portray a piny Vitellia that makes sense.. like how SM delivered a Polinesso whispering his plan while grabbing the curtain, compare to the more usual approach..)

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          4. Would we survive curtain-grabbing Vitellia?
            😉
            but yes, making sense on a more piny level, that would be SO GOOD.

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          5. but i’d really love to hear her contessa too… i think it’s a matter of what she’s being offered… but fingers crossed… they’re still casting her a lot for D.Anna and D.Elvira, even though she’s quite versatile in Mozart.. The bach-cantatas page made a note of her Monteverdi and Händel as well.. and she (should?) knows she has an audience 😉

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          6. Yes, Contessa – hardcore pining, but with a comedy grip? I have no idea what her balance there would be like.

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          7. (hence we need more evidence.
            and this would point to versatility: b/c we’ve seen her mainly in pining… though i super like her reactive shot while interacting with D.Hansen’s Farnace, or leg up on the seat’s arm rest while listening to the governess.. but that’s not including singing…
            I’m also thinking of the “shy” Semiramide touching the curtain while whispering “spero” the 5th time… but need more evidence!)

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          8. yes to more evidence!
            It would be a chance to show a broader acting scope, also in vocal approach, and I for one would love to hear and see more of that, in any direction possible.

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          9. that one, I think suffered from two things: 1) Italian stanging conventions, 2) Italian gender conventions. (also, it might simply not be a register she does well)

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      1. Hey, no complaints from me! Sign me up for all the MP research — except that top hat thing, tha dieu is right, even just the photo struck me as way off. But otherwise…evidence! More evidence! (tho y’all seem to have more ample opportunity in your neck of the woods, does she ever come to the US?)

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