opera dream/wish list

First, the dream-list as it probably will *never* happen.. but you never know..
1. Emmanuelle Haïm conducding (with her orchestra) Monteverdi L’Orfeo *with* Anna Caterina Antonacci singing the title role!! (or I’ll take anybody conducting with La Antonacci singing Orfeo, even in concert version, but as usual with her stage is a must! She has given interviews saying she wanted to sing it, please, some innovative conductors (E.Haïm!) to take on her ideas!)

[One day she would like to sing the male title-role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. “Why not? This is music that can be interpreted in so many ways. But when I mention the idea to conductors, they don’t like it. They’re just annoyed because they didn’t think of it first.”] Excerpt from this interview

2. Emmanuelle Haïm re-does the entire 2016 Mitridate *but* with Vesselina Kasarova as Farnace!
3. Vesselina Kasarova sings Agrippina, Ariodante, Orphée, and Sesto again (extreme bonus if E.Haïm conducting!)
4. the pairing of Antonacci and Kasarova as Nerone and Poppea (whichever order!!) in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, extreme bonus if Sara Mingardo is Ottone! (hey, it’s a dream list!)
5. The same pair as Sesto and Vitellia! (I’m fine with transposing the music all down to whoever’s range so we can have switches!!)
6. Anja Harteros sings the countess again in Mozart’s Figaro.

Onto the growing wish-list
1. TV broadcast of Agrippina Paris 2003 . The full 2000 Bruxelles version is just made available on tube last September but I find Antonacci singing/portrayal much different and really love the 2003 version more (also by then she was really rocking those lovely shoulders 😉 )
2. Zürich in-haus recording of Agrippina 2009
3. Munich in-haus recording of Alcina 2007 . We have heard so many rumors they *taped* the video but then only released the cd, boo! Here’s a review.
4. Paris in-haus recording of I Capuleti e i montecchi 1996
5. the entire pocket-recording of La Clemenza di Tito Paris 2006
6. Emmanuelle Haïm’s Une Fête Baroque, the 2.5hr TV version, not the extracts with only French singers
7. TV broadcast of Händel’s “Orest” from Komische Oper Berlin 2006 (primarily because i’m absolutely in love with the ending chorus, and i’d like to see Charlotte Hellekant in the white trench coat swinging to the fan and home-made airplane wing again to the tune (sung in German!) of “Bella sorge la speranza”.)
8. Paris Dec 2014 in-haus recording of Nathalie Stutzmann conducting Händel Messiah with Orfeo55 and Sara Mingardo.
9. radio Ö1 broadcast of Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide Nov 2012 from Theater an der Wien (this is more in-line with the recent soprano obsession; not to be confused with “Iphigénie en Tauride” for which there’s a full ARTE HD broadcast in 2015 with Antonacci that i have!)


More to come…
I just recently re-listened to the Wien 2010 Alcina again and realized how really luckly we are that they taped it! Because when I was there there was no talk of any planning… then all of the sudden huge comotion while we lined up during the 3rd performance (btw, the standing-room wait line is fantastic, pure Wiener opera fans of all ages knowing all about the arts and lining and chatting up) and we overheard that they decided at the very last minute to bring in the cameras because of the huuuuuge success the performance was generating! As I didn’t get to see the Munich Alcina this is indeed a rare and very lucky souvenir. And of all the very rare things I’ve managed to scavenge, 3 stood out that i’m extremely glad to have: the Liceu 2006 “Ariodante”, the Paris 2003 “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, and the Dresden 1998 radio broadcast of “I capuleti e i montecchi”.

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12 Responses to opera dream/wish list

  1. dehggial says:

    I like your list, but since it’s a dream let’s replace the Sesto in that Paris revival – with anyone, a singing broom would do.

    Who conducted that 2003 Agrippina?

    • thả diều says:

      yes, let’s! and why not VK as sesto in paris while we’re at it! that pair would absolutely rock!
      In both Bruxelles and Paris, R.Jacobs was the conductor.

    • thả diều says:

      ps- since the 2006 is on the already-existing list.. i added 1 item to the dream list instead, allowing transposing music while at it so either can sing Vitellia as both can händel Sesto!

      • dehggial says:

        Alternating nights like with Poppea?

        • dehggial says:

          it would be extra fun seeing ACA trying to hold back from decking Vitellia when Sesto gets all hurt 😀

          • thả diều says:

            was reallly ashamed we didn’t get to see this pair! at least w/ VK as Sesto.. as she was still singing Sesto strong during that time.. i’m guessing only because she (VK) operated mainly in the German speaking part of Europe and ACA in French part..
            What i’m realllly hoping but not sure we’ll ever get to see is the collaboration b/t either NS or E.Haïm with ACA, but again with the early music she seems to be more connected with the Italian baroque groups, unlike SM who manages across EVERYONE 🙂 (i still have the screen capture of Liceu curtain call when VK about to walk off stage, then waited for SM and they walked hand-in-hip together off…)

          • dehggial says:

            was that Ariodante and Polinesso walking off together (gasp!) or were they together in something else?

            we have to eventually get over we didn’t manage to see… and concentrate on dreams 😉 haha.

            you never know though about people who are still operating in this repertoire. ACA is IMO at her best in it.

          • thả diều says:

            yes, i’m truly hoping EH and ACA will cross path.. (EH is conducting this year with Villazón as Ofeo (wth!!) .. but that’s slightly better than another Orphee + Eurydice staging w/ another tenor grrrr)
            it was Ariodante hand-in-hip with Polinesso 😉 (i’d realllly love some offline footage of these two hanging out — i’m assuming VK speaks some Italian?)
            here, you’ll have to squint a bit, first VK stopped and waited.. then they walked together while that ENTIRE line of credit rolled (grrrr) so i caught the end

          • dehggial says:

            I think Viallazon bribed everyone with big money for all these appearances. He thinks now that JDF is moving on a bit he can sneak in.

            oh, cute! but I think half was imagination, much squinting with my mole eyes 😉

  2. Anik LaChev says:

    I had planned to leave sem coherent comment when the list started, but by now I’m basically a puddle of drool on the floor. Yes to everything. (also, DAMN that second cap).

    • thả diều says:

      ”One day she would like to sing the male title-role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. “Why not? This is music that can be interpreted in so many ways. But when I mention the idea to conductors, they don’t like it. They’re just annoyed because they didn’t think of it first.” ”
      Extract from this interview (which Dehggi pointed out last year and where i caught on she sings Monteverdi!) She has since mentioned it a couple more times in interviews… along with the note that she’d soon retire (ack! no no no! not before Orfeo!!) , hence i’m reallly hoping some innovative conductors (E.Haïm!) take on her ideas more seriously! she has shown with her vocal descriptions that she’s capable of interpreting male and female (even together, as in “il combattimento di tancredi e clorinda”).. i’ve been thinking of dropping hints on both NS’s and EM’s message board ever since i read this interview!
      (ps- glad you enjoyed the caps — as much as i do 😉 )

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