December 10, 2013 § 3 Comments
Today’s sketch: la Traviata, prelude.
It looks like my Carmen spell has finally been broken (I love Bizet, but after a year of bursting out into intense humming sessions of the urchin chorus on an almost daily basis, it was time to move on…), thank goodness.
Now, I can have a new musical obsession.
Saturday night was the inauguration of the new season at the Scala in Milano. Italy is cool and broadcasts the event on public television, so… I and all of the elderly population of this country spent our Saturday night bundled up inside, munching on warm chestnuts, and critiquing Tcherniakov’s production of La Traviata (and then at the final bows were supported by all of the boo-ing from the audience).
And while the production itself was pretty horrible (though no complaints about the voices), the music itself lingered in me since. So, yesterday I went to the public library and checked out all of the recordings of the opera that I could find. As well as the Anna Netrebko/Rizzi DVD of the 2005 Salzburg production.
How have I never seen this before?!
I am in love. It’s been on loop since I checked it out, the rest of the recordings lying in a discarded pile. Not usually a fan of modern productions, but this is genius. I love, love, love it. People like Netrebko make me insanely jealous- gorgeous and talented? Psh.
Anyways, I sense an art series coming up : )
[notice the white camellia? thank you very much]