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Interesting to read about Goerke: I thought her Ortrud last Summer at Covent Garden was not great at the top (putting it mildly) so I’m surprised her top was up to the challenge of Brunnhilde.

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Does anyone know of any Encore screenings in the London area during next week (the weekend is full of ballet)?

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Sunday 31st, 13:30 at the Phoenix East Finchley

Tuesday 2nd, 12:00 at either Stratford or Greenwich Picturehouse

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40 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

Interesting to read about Goerke: I thought her Ortrud last Summer at Covent Garden was not great at the top (putting it mildly) so I’m surprised her top was up to the challenge of Brunnhilde.

 

Die Walküre's Brünnhilde doesn't have many forays into the upper register. Siegfried and Gotterdamerung are another story.

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Indeed - Walkure Brunnhilde is able to be sung by several dramatic mezzos.  Siegfried is the one that's known as "the high one"...

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1 minute ago, Ivy Lin said:

 

Die Walküre's Brünnhilde doesn't have many forays into the upper register. Siegfried and Gotterdamerung are another story.

 

Ah - hadn’t thought it through, I was lumping them in together!

 

In many ways I really liked her Ortrud, but if I hadn’t known otherwise I’d have assumed she was a mezzo.

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7 minutes ago, Lizbie1 said:

Ah - hadn’t thought it through, I was lumping them in together!

 

The only high bit of the Walküre Brünnhilde is the War Cry at the start of Act 2, which I am reliably informed that they all hate and are very relieved when it's over!

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16 minutes ago, Ivy Lin said:

 

Die Walküre's Brünnhilde doesn't have many forays into the upper register. Siegfried and Gotterdamerung are another story.

 

Ivy Lin, if and when you see Siegfried and Gotterdammerung I’d be really interested to hear what you think of Goerke in them: she has a lot to offer as a singer so I’d be pleased to hear if things are better than when I last heard her.

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1 hour ago, RuthE said:

Tuesday 2nd, 12:00 at either Stratford or Greenwich Picturehouse

 

Ha! Well done RuthE, after a bit of checking on the Picturehouse websites this turns out to be true. You might be interested to know that what I assume is the official website for MetHD in the UK does *not* show these Encore screenings:-

 

https://www.metliveinhd.co.uk/

 

This web site does announce one such on Tuesday in East Dulwich - which however is not happening, according to the cinema website. This is a mess.

 

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58 minutes ago, Geoff said:

This web site does announce one such on Tuesday in East Dulwich - which however is not happening, according to the cinema website. This is a mess.

 

 

Yes it is... (I didn't initially find it when I Googled).

 

https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/East_Dulwich_Picturehouse/film/met-opera-encore-die-walkure

 

Good to see that particular Picturehouse has started doing Met relays, as it's my nearest.  When it first opened (it's a new addition to the Picturehouse chain) they didn't show them, presumably because they opened mid-way through a season.  I'll look out for them in future, though it's cheaper (if you're available for the live feed, which costs more than encores) to find a Vue cinema.  I'll probably end up at Islington Vue come Saturday afternoon.

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Right now I don't have tickets for Siegfried and Gotterdamerung but I am actively looking for them iwthout having to pay an arm and a leg for said tickets.

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On ‎26‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 14:25, RuthE said:

Good to see that particular Picturehouse has started doing Met relays, as it's my nearest. 

 

Oh, have they?  I hadn't realised.  They've been doing ROH and Bolshoi relays more or less since they opened - I've been to a few there, when pushed (although the ice cream selection has been below par every time I've been in recent months)

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Ouch.  Excuse me while I get the water out of my eyes!  Worth noting that both East Dulwich and Stratford (and maybe Greenwich too, I haven't looked - don't like the screen they tend to do the live relays in) are cheaper on the Met encores than on the live ones - possibly because they count as daytime not evening, rather than anything else.  In fact, I'd say Stratford is a bargain at any time.

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Yes, I think £22 is standard for the encores at some of those Picturehouses compared with £32 for the live relay (both significantly cheaper for Picturehouse members).  Still more expensive than £18.99 for a live one at Vue (plus a small booking fee, if not booking in person 75p I think).

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I did indeed enjoy it immensely, especially the orchestra. But for me Brunnhilde was the weak link!

I didn't realise it was meant to be a comedy role...

 

The daft 'effects' added nothing in my view and in some ways just distracted and detracted from what should be high points. Making singers wobble around on planks. Having shadow projections 'act out' in pantomime style what the singer is telling us. Silly. The simple domestic scene in Act 1 was far more effective, with the focus on the human drama - and what a fantastic performance by Stuart Skelton: spine-tingling.

 

Ah well it all sounded really wonderful. I actually think it was very good value for money too. Staging Wagner is not a cheap activity- I am happy to pay up.

 

Now what did people who really know about it think?

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On ‎30‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 22:54, Mary said:

I did indeed enjoy it immensely, especially the orchestra. But for me Brunnhilde was the weak link!

I didn't realise it was meant to be a comedy role...

 

There's a lot of humour in the Ring, and I honestly don't think that Brünnhilde is the sort of person who takes herself too seriously, at least not for the first half of Act 2 before she comes to understand the seriousness of the problems Wotan has created and the consequences for herself and the people she loves.  I think some of her early lines show us that she's light-hearted, witty, and sarcastic:

 

- the "storm and strife" she warns Wotan of when she sees Fricka approaching looking like she means business (and she adds something along the lines of "You two deal with your marital problems; I'd rather watch some *real* fighting. Have fun!").

- as Fricka leaves: "That can't have gone too well if it made Fricka laugh..."

- "How heavy my weapons feel! They felt so light when I was allowed to act freely"

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Good points Ruth and I wouldn't be averse to flashes of humour.

She doesn't didn't work for me. I found the constant 'simpering' rather grating.

 

Hey ho - I liked about 75% of it! Did you?

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Yes, generally I loved it.  I take it you didn't see it the first time around, when all four operas were broadcast a few months apart? I thought the whole cast was really strong.  Besides Stuart Skelton, who I probably wouldn't have gone to see specially (I don't dispute that he is an excellent Siegmund, but having recently heard him sing the role twice live, at ROH and with the LPO, that would have been enough for me) I would single out Jamie Barton as being particularly memorable as Fricka.

 

I also really enjoyed the interval features - especially the one about the Ring's unique use of the brass section.  I was already aware of the genesis of the Wagner Tuba and the fact that it was a doubling-instrument for horn players, but I had not been aware that the contrabass trombone and bass trumpet were such specialist instruments.

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