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Der Rosenkavalier - Staatsoper Stuttgart, 27 November You might think the last thing the lengthy Der Rosenkavalier needs is even more music, but Stefan Herheim cheekily pre-empts its prelude with disorientating electronica. In a star-pricked, lavishly draped boudoir, a fading Diana Dors figure contemplates her vanished looks in a dressing table mirror. Just when I wondered if I'd come on the wrong night by mistake, she furiously thrust her fist through its mirror and Strauss's music began. Horned and hairy priapic satyrs erupt from a giant frieze depicting the rape of Europa.

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She has published extensively on gender, sexuality, and violence in musical culture. Her research focuses on the convergence of nationalism and feminism in mid-twentieth-century American opera, and has been recognized by the National Opera Association winner of the Scholarly Paper Competition and the Society for American Music Virgil Thomson Fellowship. He is the author of many publications on eighteenth-century music, and the coeditor of Engaging Haydn: Culture, Context, and Criticism Cambridge University Press,


Anita Rachvelishvili center as Carmen at the Met Opera. Photo by Ken Howard and the Metropolitan Opera. Grimly shouldering the load, she trudges up the mountain pass.

– there is so much more than mere sentimentality to this great opera

The Georgian singer was mostly up to the task. Her dark, throbbing mezzo-soprano, voluptuous hourglass figure, brunette glamour and magnetic stage presence tick off just about every box in the Carmen entrepreneur dating.

Her middle voice is a fascinating smoky color and her low notes have a tangy bite. Since her first performances of this role at sunni dating Met in andshe has apparently revised her approach to top notes, which used to spread and turn flat. Now the high register rings out, true and vibrant. Even given the vacuum of dramatic energy around her, Ms. Rachvelishvili worked a little too hard.

Finding the raw and sensual in ‘carmen’ and ‘rusalka’

Aleksandrs Antonenko. On the other hand, I can understand why she might feel like she has to carry the show.

But in this role he was inconsistent, with high notes frequently flying sharp and the middle register muffled. Tall and hulking, he seemed disconnected and vacant onstage. Her singing is sweet woman looking for sex beechmont in the best sense uncomplicated.

Far less pleasing was baritone Massimo Cavalletti as the matador Escamillo.

Hiring and, worse, rehiring timid girls seeking guys in stanfield north carolina like Mr. This is not the case, though, with Norwegian director Stefan Herheim, whose production style tends toward the baroquely glitzy, with acting performances so over the top as to verge on camp.

A fine introduction to Mr. As generally played, for instance at the Met last season, Rusalka is a gentle fable about a water nymph who longs for human love.

In Mr. Before the music even starts, the Vodnik bass Willard White emerges from a metro station into a city square, accompanied only by street noise sound effects. As he creating a profile for online dating over to pick up his dropped door keys, the lighting turns mysterious and smoky, and he seems to recall something from his past.

Just then woman looking nsa olyphant eerie first chords of the opera are finally heard. What follows is in large part a series of dreamy flashbacks suggesting the events that led the Vodnik to his current unfulfilling marriage.


The action rockets from the present back to the s where the Vodnik sees himself as a nerdy kid tormented by mean girls at a soda fountain and forward to a trippy carnival parade that invades the auditorium of the theater. At the height of the festivities, glitter cannons are fired from the upper balconies. Finally, Rusalka, transformed into a Rita Hayworth sex-goddess in auburn wig and spangled gown, tempts the Vodnik to an act of shocking violence in a finale that reverberates with the lucid horror of a nightmare.

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