Complete with coughing for that authentic Covent Garden experience.
IS FANTASTIC, EXCELLENT, THE BEST !!!
10 May 2011 at 12:05 PM
Hahaha. I'm surprised the rabid fanbase took so long to respond! No doubt trying to compose themselves after that climax.
Capriccio blog |
10 May 2011 at 12:25 PM
This sounds much healthier than anything I've heard from him in a long time. I hope this continues.
10 May 2011 at 01:40 PM
rabid lol, yes he gets me all hot and sweaty in box 5, but it is a great performance, i wish him well
the phantom |
10 May 2011 at 01:51 PM
At the end of the interval on Sunday one of the ushers asked the people in the seats around me (front left of the stalls) if anyone had been filming and reminded us all that this was strictly forbiden.
The singers had clearly noticed that filming was taking place, but appear to have got the location wrong; this video appears to have been filmed from the right hand side of the stalls.
I recall seeing a rumour that Covent Garden was going to film these performances for commercial release. Does anyone know if that it still the case?
Intermezzo replies - the singers noticed? That's totally unacceptable. On the first night, photos were taken during the performance (something I never have done or would do).
The ROH's daft refusal to display rehearsal photos/videos on their website (unlike every other major opera house) I am afraid encourages this sort of disruptive behaviour. I've told the ROH press office exactly what I think of their policy, but got nowhere. People travel a long way to see singers like Rolando and of course they want a souvenir. I don't think the ROH really grasp that.
I hadn't heard anything about a DVD, but I expect the usual Radio 3 performance will materialise at some point.
10 May 2011 at 05:39 PM
Sorry, people want a souvenir? From an opera performance?
What's wrong with purchasing a programme?
Lucky the person filming this wasn't sitting next to me - I would have stopped it straight away as this is outrageous, unnaceptbale and illegal behaviour.
I am surprised and disappointed IM has chosen to broadcast this on her otherwise fine blog.
sub opera |
10 May 2011 at 10:05 PM
The ROH in their infinite wisdom have pulled this video. When will they realise that they are doing themselves a disservice, alienating fans? Potential ticket purchasers might have checked this out and decided to go on the strength of the performance.
The ROH should check out Seattle opera's website for a good example of outreaching.
Intermezzo replies - I can understand why they've pulled it, and I hope it's discouraged other people from filming illicitly. But I still think they might have saved themselves the trouble if they made their own materials available. Not to mention providing a little value for the taxpayers who fund the opera but don't get to visit it.
10 May 2011 at 10:27 PM
BBC3 radio will broadcast it on 4th June:
@subopera - there is a wealth of difference between filming and posting (or "broadcasting") a clip.
12 May 2011 at 07:56 AM
@DS I disagree, by posting the clip you're giving the clip legitimacy and exposing it to a much larger audience!
@IM Forgive me for thinking that actually going to the performance is enough of a souvenir, I sat in the stalls for the first night and Villazón's performance is going to stay with me for the rest of my life!!
@DS Looking forward to hearing it again on the 4th thank you for posting :-)
Intermezzo replies - I really don't see how linking to the clip here gives it 'legitimacy'. It was posted on YouTube, which obviously has a far larger audience and far greater credibility than this site enjoys. All I've done is link in - that's how YouTube works.
By pulling it (from YouTube, not here), I am afraid the ROH have only encouraged more illicit filming. Rolando attracts a passionately committed fan base. Rest assured that if you take one video away from them, they will simply go ahead and create another one. Telling them it's wrong won't change their minds. The ROH (and it appears some readers) need to wake up and realise that not everyone has the same wants and needs. The challenge is to satisfy them without diminishing the enjoyment of other audience members.
The ROH should have discouraged this from the outset by posting their own clip on their own site (as ENO have done with their terrific Damnation of Faust trailer). No-one will bother creating a shoddy little amateur effort if you give them a couple of minutes of quality sound and vision.
Incidentally, it's fascinating that the ROH didn't intervene when the Editor of the Guardian (yes, really) stuck his own wobbly mid-show video on the Guardian website. Even though the Guardian is making money by adding advertising to the clip. It makes you wonder exactly what principle is at stake.
Here it is - Into the Little Hill as shot by Alan Rusbridger:
Charlie Borne |
12 May 2011 at 10:41 AM
I agree with IM; I wish the opera house would make more material available such as videos and photos. Most of the german and scandinavian opera companies and many of the US ones as well now provide videos and performance photos on their sites which can be very useful (not least so you can see what sort of production you might be booking for!).
The Met's site is particularly good at publishing production photos (through its fantastic database which is streets ahead of the opera house's amateur effort).
Publishing this material would also give the opera house and its artists control over the quality of material available. As IM says, if the opera house refuses to make this stuff available, others will be happy to do so.
12 May 2011 at 05:56 PM
ROH could nip this in the bud in no time whatsoever.
Put two or more small HD cameras that catch the whole stage in a good central, elevated angle, and sell the videos for a nominal price shortly after the performance (£5 or £10), giving rights to people to edit them to their hearts content and distribute the derivative works in a non profit basis, or taking a cut from publishers that wished to try to make a profit.
It could go as far as to sell USB sticks with the opera one hast just seen ready for collection after the performance finishes (may not be practical since copying the video may be too slow but they could mail them later instead).
Or what about having one reharsal session or even a performance where taking pictures and videos is actually allowed? (no flash of course).
ROH is in the subsidized business of staging operas, they should worry less about pictures and videos and more about providing a far reaching cultural service, in the understanding that fighting recorded media by the public is just plain stupid (everybody and his dog can record audio now if they so wished, HD video, with minuscule video cameras, is just around the corner).
Intermezzo replies - having blown £5m on the vanity purchase of dinosaur-tech Opus Arte (an 'investment' it has not and likely will not recoup) the ROH is super-sensitive about anything which might hit DVD sales.
But you are of course right - they need to move forward and think realistically about how to get their work out to all audiences.
J M |
20 May 2011 at 11:42 AM
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