What concert did you attend in 2018?

EJS posted:

Tristan und Isolde, in Amsterdam, given a searing performance by Marc Albrecht and team. The whole cast was spectacular, but Stephen Gould was as impressive as Tristan as I’d ever hope to hear, very musical, with huge power in reserve and a ringing top effortlessly scaling the orchestra at full power.

That's very nice, EJ.

The last time I have heard Gould, he was suffering from a cold!

kuma posted:
EJS posted:

Tristan und Isolde, in Amsterdam, given a searing performance by Marc Albrecht and team. The whole cast was spectacular, but Stephen Gould was as impressive as Tristan as I’d ever hope to hear, very musical, with huge power in reserve and a ringing top effortlessly scaling the orchestra at full power.

That's very nice, EJ.

The last time I have heard Gould, he was suffering from a cold!

Isolde would have had a potion for that!

EJ

EJS posted:

Tristan und Isolde, in Amsterdam, given a searing performance by Marc Albrecht and team. The whole cast was spectacular, but Stephen Gould was as impressive as Tristan as I’d ever hope to hear, very musical, with huge power in reserve and a ringing top effortlessly scaling the orchestra at full power. The staging and light were excellent, too - a memorable evening.

Cheers

EJ

I must agree about Gould, I have seen him a couple of times as Tristan, he is as good as any I have heard since Jon Vickers. How was Ricarda Merbeth as Isolde, she is not someone I am familiar with.

kuma posted:
EJS posted:

Isolde would have had a potion for that!

How was the soprano?
Looks like a beautiful stage production, too!

Wish they would come to Lyric Opera!

The picture you added was part of Act II - there was a cloth over the egg, which at a crucial point during the duet, disappeared. It must be suggestive of something... even though Audi has Tristan and Isolde hardly touch each other throughout the opera. What the whale bones have to do with Cornwall beats me, but all this looked incredibly cool, the lighting especially. (The lighting was the unsung star of the production in any case - never saw the stage so beautifully lit in all the years I've been going to Amsterdam).

Isolde was sung by Ricarda Merbeth - by the time I saw her, near the end of the run of performances, she had grown quite comfortable in the role.  Technically, she has the power and stamina to let rip in Act I, meet Tristan on equal ground in Act II, and do her best singing in the Liebestod. Interpretatively, she gave us a technicolor Isolde, a woman obsessed with herself, uncertain, vengeful, eager and fatalistic - a high maintenance Isolde. I couldn't always hear the words very well, even though the stage was essentially a sound box making it easier for the singers.

Cheers

EJ

Morton posted:
EJS posted:

Tristan und Isolde, in Amsterdam, given a searing performance by Marc Albrecht and team. The whole cast was spectacular, but Stephen Gould was as impressive as Tristan as I’d ever hope to hear, very musical, with huge power in reserve and a ringing top effortlessly scaling the orchestra at full power. The staging and light were excellent, too - a memorable evening.

Cheers

EJ

I must agree about Gould, I have seen him a couple of times as Tristan, he is as good as any I have heard since Jon Vickers. How was Ricarda Merbeth as Isolde, she is not someone I am familiar with.

This was my first live Tristan, so all my reference material comes from CD. I imagine hearing Vickers live must have been a life altering experience - although going on recordings, Gould, now in his 50s, seems to have the more beautiful voice.

EJ

EJS posted:

The picture you added was part of Act II - there was a cloth over the egg, which at a crucial point during the duet, disappeared. It must be suggestive of something... even though Audi has Tristan and Isolde hardly touch each other throughout the opera. What the whale bones have to do with Cornwall beats me, but all this looked incredibly cool, the lighting especially. (The lighting was the unsung star of the production in any case - never saw the stage so beautifully lit in all the years I've been going to Amsterdam).

EJ,

What I like about the set design is that it's the mood created by it. I see a clever use of lighting there. I don't get what those abstract objects mean but the overall ambience and mood are the kind I imagine when I hear this music. In some way this is more powerful to me than traditional heavily period costumed production.

kuma posted:
EJS posted:

The picture you added was part of Act II - there was a cloth over the egg, which at a crucial point during the duet, disappeared. It must be suggestive of something... even though Audi has Tristan and Isolde hardly touch each other throughout the opera. What the whale bones have to do with Cornwall beats me, but all this looked incredibly cool, the lighting especially. (The lighting was the unsung star of the production in any case - never saw the stage so beautifully lit in all the years I've been going to Amsterdam).

EJ,

What I like about the set design is that it's the mood created by it. I see a clever use of lighting there. I don't get what those abstract objects mean but the overall ambience and mood are the kind I imagine when I hear this music. In some way this is more powerful to me than traditional heavily period costumed production.

Definitely, I fully agree, a great set. This picture was the Liebestod - we’re still not sure about the body (?) on the structure on the right hand side, but the box represented both a sort of mirrored cave where Tristan is lying ill at the start of III, and after the mirrors had folded away, a light and sound box that allowed Isolde to stand in silhouette, and easily soar over the orchestra without forcing her voice. Beautiful, and practical.

just learned the beautiful production of Zauberflote is returning next season - promises to be another great one!

EJ

Roger Waters at Perth Arena tonight.

Thourougly sublime visual, lighting, sound, all up production value etc. very entertaining, I enjoyed it very much. And that was with me pretty much neither here nor there about the music itself, more a casual fan than a rabid one I guess.

Never going to get to see David Gilmore where I live, so next best thing I suppose.

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