almaviva90: (Wellington2)
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LONDON...ooh, and probably the rest of the UK, e.g. Durham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, perhaps also Scotland too. I'd go mental going round all the museums (I simply have to go to Apsley House and the Royal Opera House), theatres, sites, cathedrals, second hand bookshops (people are probably going to go 'WTF?' at the last place) etc. Then a massive book/souvenir shopping spree will ensue methinks. XDDD

I'd probably take my mum but she's technically more like family though I would really consider her my friend too. I'd go with [ profile] enserric but I'm not sure how that will work seeing that she's already in the UK!
almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Woot, my opera DVDs have arrived from the US. Finally. After like a month and a week after I ordered them. (And I seriously don't get why shipping from the US takes 2-3 weeks while stuff from the UK can take only a week or so to get here...odd)

But thankfully the copy of Le nozze di Figaro they sent me is different from the one that I have. Although the picture quality isn't as sharp or clear, I admit, as the one posted on Youtube (which is seriously of excellent quality), it's definitely an improvement of my previous version where one couldn't see the bottom half of the screen and therefore couldn't see the floor of the stage which was really disorientating. I'm more than happy with the Onegin as well since I will be finally able to watch the whole production rather than just snippets of it although there is slightly irritating high pitched noise in the background as the video is being played. But I think that's all due to the fact that it's been ripped from old videos which basically must be nearly 20 to 30 years old. As long as the video and sound are in sync and the picture is clear enough to see the singers' faces (and most importantly, TA XDDD), I'm definitely satisfied.

And while I'm on the subject of opera,  I think I won't be able to see Cosi fan tutte this year...*sad sigh*

Guess I'll have to watch these as consolation until I can find the time/money to see a Mozart opera with TA in it. *crosses fingers that he won't be retiring any time soon and that he'll play Don Alfonso at the ROH in the near future again*
almaviva90: (don alfonso)
Gah, this trailer is making me so wish that I can make it to see this in London this coming month!

But since this trailer is being released by OpusArte, does that mean that they'll be recording a DVD and releasing it sometime in the future just like what they did with the 2008 production of Hansel und Gretel? I certainly hope so, especially if I can't go this time =/

*desperately wishes to see a Mozart opera with TA in it*
almaviva90: (danilo)

Came across these pictures on Wikipedia and goodness, isn't the Royal Opera House an absolutely gorgeous building? (I personally like it better than the Met)

One day I'll definitely see it for myself...
almaviva90: (maestro)
Just listened to a recording of the 2003 ROH production kindly put up on Youtube by a fellow TA fan I've made friends with.

The verdict? Thomas Allen is magnificent as Sweeney Todd. I'm not saying this because of the fact that I'm a fan of him but that he basically blew Johnny Depp's interpretation (an excellent one too when I saw it) out of the water on an emotional level. I thought Depp's performance was powerful but compared to Allen - the latter's interpretation is full of agony, anguish and anger. He was literally howling when he realises that he's just killed his wife in his blind lust for bloody revenge. A year ago, I thought opera singers couldn't even reach the heights of emotional pain that professional actors could. But now I've just been proved wrong...once again by a singer who really could take a job at the National Theatre if he ever gets tired of singing (which I doubt he'll ever do).

It was delightful to hear 'A Little Priest' with TA and Felicity was longer here than in the film but infinitely more amusing - made more so by the audience reaction to the countless double entendres here and there. 'Pretty Women' sounded much better than the film one though I miss Rickman's Turpin. TA's 'Epiphany' sounded deranged as fitting the growing madness of Todd while admittedly, it was also a slightly eye-brow raising moment when I heard the words 's***' and 'piss' being uttered by one of the most charming Don Giovannis, Count Almavivas and Count Danilos around! Okay, okay...I confess that I was also very interested in hearing him say such words (not that I have a fetish for this, god, no) but was wondering whether he'd ACTUALLY say them or if the opera house actually allowed their singers to say it. First time it came out 'spit' so I thought...'Ah, they edited it out...clever.' Then he said it at the end of the song. Ha, talk about being taken utterly unaware. Oh, and I also wanted to listen to this since it was said that he used his native Durham accent in this. Sounded quite rough indeed. Almost sounded Scottish in places. His voice was still cheerful as his usual voice and I was wondering at times whether he could pull off the darker side of the character. Needn't have worried...for the agonising sobbing (I think he was genuinely crying) was enough to prove that he was in character entirely.

Felicity Palmer as Mrs Lovett was quite different from Bonham Carter's one and she had a much lower voice than I expected. Didn't like it at first but after getting used to it and admiring her acting skills, she was an excellent Mrs. Lovett. I prefer Alan Rickman as Turpin than the bass in the opera...hahahahahaha, what an amusing image...two of my favourite people playing enemies onstage and both of them having the same height. What a towering Todd TA must have made. I certainly don't want him standing over me with a razor...

Interesting that the opera house version included the continuous ballad of Sweeney Todd and that there was always an instrumental cue pointing out the turning points of the story. The orchestra was to be expected in an opera house orchestra.

I just wish that they actually made a video of this rather than just a sound's obvious from the sounds that they did have a swivelling chair as they did in the film to 'dispose' of the bodies but how on earth do you do that onstage where you can't hide anything basically?

Anyways...a very enjoyable recording.


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