Antonacci radio alert

Edit: I put the whole thing here for those who would like to re-listen:

Act 1 & 2
Intermission, interview with ACA (and others)
Act 3 & 4

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today, 22.Jun.2016, 1800GMT , 1400 EST, 1900 CET
Live from Turin, via Rai Radio 3, Anna Caterina Antonacci sings Carmen.

link1: http://www.radio3.rai.it/dl/portaleRadio/popup/player_radio.html?v=3
link2: http://icestreaming.rai.it/3.mp3

Full info: http://www.teatroregio.torino.it/node/5274/comunicato-stampa
And a nice from her fb fansite, 1hr before curtain rising! toï, toï, toï !

ACA_Turin

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About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

14 Responses to Antonacci radio alert

  1. thả diều says:

    Spamming my own box for live commentary.
    — There’s an indescribable excitement when you realize a singer you follow is singing live and fresh in blood 1/2 way around the world and can be heard transmitted out of the speakers.. no more retake/rehearse, take it as it comes! the whole human aspect of it!
    — I’d reallly love to see her in this! it _is_ indeed the same staging Frau K debuted the role in Zürich!! so we can skip the boring seductive low-cut dresses and focus on acting and characterization!!
    — she just sung one of my favorite parts, i’ll do a comparison later with Frau K! just for the idea of feeling the character!! i like what she did here! it’s only a “recit” to the last 2 phrases of “mais si je t’aime, prends garde à toi” just before the end of the Act, with the *very* dark instrument (drum? gong? double bass?) highlighting the doomed moment just in between the phrases.

    — a very short pause, onto “Près des remparts de Séville”… même chanson, même refrain
    — found a photo!

    — ahhhh this is great. as it’s the *only* stage i know by heart !! so i can follow well , along with her vocal acting… wonder how it would work by the time it gets to the wrestling on the floor bit..

    — great, i’m enjoying her recit!! another photo:

    — how fun! a Carmen whose french i can understand! here comes Don Jose, otherwise known as the “wrestling scene” 😉

    — please, dansez pour moi :”>
    — let him go w/ his trumpet, please continue the dancing…

    — that’s the end of Act 2. I must say i quite enjoy more this entire Act now than when first started listening to operas.. that’s mainly because one was always looking only at the main famous arias.. without seeing how the story evolves.. and soooo much is indeed evolving in the 2nd Act, esp. *after* the flower song.

    — ACA is giving an intermission interview, in Italian… i’ll have to get some help to hear what she’s saying 🙂

    — “la mort” .. let me focus to understand the context of this…
    — sounds like a time-capsule thing? that she was in conversation with Don Jose.. then a “vision”.. la mort.. then back to conversation! with the other two duetting in the background on the cards.. part vision part real!

    — had to turn down volume with this Michaëla.. might be due to bad radio quality.. she sounded fighting with herself.. but big audience reception, i blame the poor audio..

    — also now slowly developing headache.. also thanks to poor radio… and here we go, “barking” + sparing between the two alpha males.. might as well keep the volume low…

    — I quite enjoy hearing this without visuals.. that and the fact I’ve sat through VK’s take a few times, and recently twice with ACA in that Opera Comique take, then once more with VK… so now can really tell what’s going on…

    — adieu!! while Escamillo singing in the background the Toreador tune.. fantastic mixing of psychology and sound

    “mais, je suis brave…”
    — I really like her dark sound here
    entre nous, tout est fini!

    — he could sing a bit less loud! so that there is more balance in this tragic duet… i already heartbreak

    — the ending of this is always so frustrating! as we can not re-write the opera!! i’d like a staging that gives something suggestive of an alternative! like Don Jose accidentally stabbed the tree (or himself!) while Carmen walking off… and we’re not sure if Carmen is indeed walking off physically or figuratively!

    — the goosebumps are back.. “business as usual” celebratory singing as Carmen collapsed [heartbreak-emoticon] :/ :/ :/

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  2. Anik LaChev says:

    late too the party, but really enjoying your commentary – I didn’t know it was the Kasarova staging! A much better fir for singer-actresses. (and you weren’t kidding about the audio quality. Perhaps a bandwith issue, too?)

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    • thả diều says:

      yes, crappy 96kbps , has always been, luckily i think ACA suffered the least warping… i’m enjoying this quite a bit given it’s a staging i know, strangely enough.. and i can really follow the storyline… i have the whole thing currently captured via 2 different methods and will make avail here afterward in case you’d like to listen (and intermission interview)

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      • Anik LaChev says:

        yes, I would!
        Fantastic how light and conversationally she is taking the bits in the final scene – also good coordination with the pit.

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        • Anik LaChev says:

          (final scene Act III, I mean)

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        • thả diều says:

          yes, that’s what it is, conversationally.. you “hear” the story unfolded (at least i do)

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          • Anik LaChev says:

            that, and it also helps that her French (and von Otter’s, who is impeccable) is among the most idiomatic I’ve ever heard from a non-native speaker.

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          • thả diều says:

            von Otter: that was also toward the beginning of my “opera listening career”.. and at that point i got stuck on many things.. w/ von Otter being so blond 😀 😀
            (oh, here comes the music for last Act!!! i love how ironic the music for these opening scenes are, same w/ Act 2 & act 3: sort of business as usual atmosphere “not knowing” the drama that is awaiting!)

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          • thả diều says:

            i love her dark sound here. he can be a bit less loud..
            and the ending of this is always so frustrating! as we can not re-write the opera!! i’d like a staging that gives something suggestive of an alternative! like Don Jose accidentally stabbed the tree (or himself!) while Carmen walking off… and we’re not sure if Carmen is indeed walking off physically or figuratively!

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          • Anik LaChev says:

            I just replied to Agathe on the issue of Gilda – repertory written by men about men and their women woes won’t have much in the way of alternatives or us…

            She keeps the very final scene light to, I like that! Perhaps that’s why José comes across so loud in comparison? After this week, I see him as an unhinged guy who feels entitled to a woman and who really should not have access to that knife, or who should have been stopped by bystanders who probably looked the other way.

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          • thả diều says:

            yes, as frustrating as that sounds.. and there are women who enjoy watching that and wants it to remain that way too.. urgh.. in any case, i put up the whole thing now, including intro and everything. watch out for the headache from audio quality 🙂 .

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          • dehggial says:

            how about this:

            i’d like a staging opera that gives something suggestive of an alternative! like Don Jose accidentally stabbed the tree (or himself!) right from the beginning.

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