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Ahh! Opera at eight o'clock in the morning on TV !

Danielle de Niese and Alice Coote being convincingly amorous on a bed. Though I must say Ms Coote's bared leg looks definitely more like a Nerina than a Nerone. but when the leg is clad, Coote is a true and indulgent emperor Nero.

It's Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea", done in 2008 at Glyndebourne. The music is not by a large orchestra, but with a smaller orchestra of 'old' instruments - The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Emmanuelle Haim. Wonderful!

Yesterday afternoon I had seen a bit of it, from halfway the third act, and loved it VERY much. Acting and singing were delectable, as was the simple but very effective staging. The music is so beautiful, appeasing, and, to my unschooled ears, more accompanying the singers than leading them or than leading it's own life (also very beautiful of course, but sometimes very intense too, which isn't always easy while daily life unfolds, at home).

An opera to listen and watch many times, so I'm recording it.

Edit: opera-singers mustn't be prudes nowadays: It's second act now, there is a near naked man in a real bath. Emperor Nero, in full office-suit, joins him in the water - getting all wet and they exchange a heavy kiss. Not the only one for Alice Coote, she also has to kiss De Niese, highly sensually. Can't be whiny either about germs, it seems. *gg*

Husband is still in Holland, he was required to read his poetry in Den Haag. Tonight he'll be back. So I took my chances, woke through the night, with tea and coffee, and reading Ombra Mai Fu (which is definitely worth a sleepless night!) and selecting a new mobile online (with a Kindle. Yep!) and now there is need to sleep at all then, this time. I feel like a student again. :)

Date: 2012-01-17 11:04 am (UTC)
tetleythesecond: (Orlofsky Brigitte Fassbaender)
From: [personal profile] tetleythesecond
Ha! Alice Coote is nothing if not convincing in trousers *g* (I hear she studied with my iconic Brigitte Fassbaender.)

Here's some fine acting on her part, and also on the part of her soprano ... (This has an adult content notice, but I don't think it necessary)

And here, if you are interested, is the whole thing. Funnily, without the adult content warning:

Date: 2012-01-17 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, a full opera on youtube! So far I only found short pieces, I love that it's a whole opera and Handels music is much to my liking.

But adult...the opening scenes are so full of sexual tension, and then all these other characters watching intensely, made me laugh. And Coote has a great start - she's really quite the actress (but I see more interesting 'actors' here of course, it's not just her. Beautiful voices also.)

Normally I read what it's about, but that has to wait this time - made that opening all the more excitedly 'adult'. *g*

'Stuttgart Oper', once I sat a whole enchanting afternoon, alone, on the side of that 'pond' in front of it. Watching people, reading and writing. Long story connected to it. One of the best afternoons of my life.
Edited Date: 2012-01-17 11:51 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-17 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why is it that back when we had frickken satellite t.v. and something like 500 + channels, there was never any opera on at any time? Only televangelists and reality-tv.

Poppea sounds heavenly. Glyndbourne is one of those things I've always dreamed of doing; they seem to have a never-ending supply of thoughtful productions with first-rate singers.

I heard Alice Coote for the first time here last season in Werther, and thought she was wonderful, both voice-wise and otherwise.

Date: 2012-01-18 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it wasn't for Sky Arts, two channels among hundreds, there wouldn't be opera here either, i think. Even the BBC hardly ever gives opera.

I just found out Alice Coote performs Winterreise on 26th and 28th in Wigmore Hall, Marylebone...there are a few tickets left...please 'pray' for me I'll get one :)


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