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ROH’s Summer Season 2017 went on sale on Tuesday…

… and yours truly was sleeping. Quite. I realised just as I was about to get dressed to go out today yesterday and was thinking about Bejun Mehta. The good news is there were still affordable tickets to the old Mitridate production and to the JPYA show. The bad news is all the Kaufmann Otello tickets were gone. ALL. Like, boohoo.

Ok, boohoo is a bit of an exaggeration ūüėČ but they were all gone, not just the cheap ones. So were most of the second cast tickets. If you remember Roschmann is singing Desdemona with Kunde et Co. I managed to find a ¬£68 ticket on the last night but then I thought ¬£68 for an opera I don’t like where the soprano has 1 sorta aria in act 7?¬†So my act of generosity today was to leave that ¬£68 ticket to somebody who actually likes late Verdi.

Instead I bought a ticket¬†to this interesting looking thing, Woman at Point Zero, because without Otello I had some change burning in my pocket and it’s good to put that towards broadening the horizons.

ps: if you’re wondering where are the writeups to the last few Handels¬†I saw – they are coming! Stuck on the slow train, but they’re on their way.

Dearth of opera live streaming?

I really miss the t(h)rills of opera live streaming! I must’ve¬†just been out of the loop due to being busy IRL, surely there were things happening? A quick search to two of those houses you can count on says:

La Monnaie:

They will be streaming Mitridate next May. It’s got Michael Spyres in the title role, which is very good, as the ROH rumours page says he will be the Mitridate here in London when we finally get it. Seems this early Mozart has picked up a bit of momentum (Theater an der Wien in April!). La Monnaie¬†also live streams¬†Beatrice et Benedict¬†next month.

Bayerische Staatsoper ( ‚̧ ) :

19 March Un ballo in maschera (c: Mehta; Beczala, Keenlyside, Harteros)

26 June La Juive¬†(c: de Billy; Opolais, Alagna, Osborn, Kurzak ‚̧ )

31 July Meistersinger (c: K. Petrenko; JK and others who sing this repertoire)

It’s ROH new season(s) rumour time

The rumours.¬†The ROH season is usually announced at the end of March. But who can wait? Not me.¬†So (off that rumour list) here’s my¬†should see listicle:

  1. JDD returns to ROH as Werther‘s Charlotte which I think will work well for the both of us (I tried and tried with Werther via a number of favourite mezzos and I still find it/Massenet a bore). Maybe the trick is live and with JDD.
  2. Lemieux in Enescu, that’s going to be interesting. I think? With Fura del Baus it’ll be a show all right.
  3. Angela Gheorghiu¬†+¬†Adriana Lecouvreur¬†– I say yes! but er, no!¬†to the predicted Principessa de Bouillon. I know most of you will¬†disagree and be very happy with her… for my part I hope EG drops out¬†so I can see the show [evil laughter]. Or I can just go see the alternative lady whom I don’t know. But she can still drop out ūüėČ Ladies aside, it’s also supposed to have Marcello Alvarez.
  4. La Damrau returns with her Lucia which I will have to see. There haven’t been enough damsels in distress lately.
  5. I’ve been meaning to see Sophie Koch¬†for a good while now (just how much Strauss¬†did I miss her in?), preferably not in Wagner, although in Tannhauser her 15min are at the beginning so it could be done ūüėČ must be a ¬£10 ticket then. I can be one of those people who don’t return after the intermission…
  6. There’s also Mitridate, which is only mentioned as an aside in that link but it will apparently happen (heard this rumour before), to which I will of course make room left and right almost without regards to who’s in it – within reason, of course. Actually, nah, I’ll go even unreasonably ūüėČ If somehow Lezhneva sneaks her tail in you’ll have to pray for me, is all. Like you will have to in June with Don Giovanni, where it was recently pointed out to me that she’s going to be Zerlina. Hey, at least she’s not Donna Anna!