The Semperoper Dresen (sic) provide an early Christmas present for pedants everywhere.
Lol! I'm going on the 30th.
"Dresen" sounds like Saxon pronunciation of Tresen (German for bar).
18 December 2013 at 06:38 PM
Well, one of their major donors is a brewery. Perhaps they've been sponsoring the marketing dept in kind.
inter mezzo |
18 December 2013 at 09:48 PM
I thought it meant Intendant/Regisseur Adolf Dresen was either getting a memorial concert or finally managing to overcome the minor career inconvenience of being dead.
On this basis I look forward to future performances at Coven Garden where several old witches still hang out...
18 December 2013 at 10:14 PM
Sachsischer is there in 2 versions as well, though this may well be correct (not a German speaker).
Please God that RF does not attempt either Over the Rainbow or Something Wonderful again. The last time I heard the latter at the Proms her portamenti nearly brought on a seizure. I wish she would let these classic ballads speak for themselves.
Does Thielemann have form in this repertoire? I have high hopes of Vogt.
Intermezzo replies - Renee is scheduled to give the world her "I Could Have Danced All Night." Could be worse I suppose. Thielemann is in the vanguard of the current operetta revival movement in Germany. He claims it's harder to get right than more serious material; I think ENO have just proved him right. Allegedly he can sing the whole of the Barber of Seville in the original keys too, which goes to prove we should never judge a man by his haircut.
The sächsische(r) (Saxon) discrepancy arises because the nouns it qualifies are different genders. German can be troublesome like that.
18 December 2013 at 10:17 PM
Oh that's good!
I wonder if they already printed CD's & DVD's covers with "Semperoper Dresen" and how many? :D
Intermezzo replies - Looks like they avoided that little trap by omitting the opera house's name on the CD (which is, incidentally, available to order even though they haven't got round to recording it yet):
Frau ohne Schatten |
18 December 2013 at 10:49 PM
If you are going to be pendantic, it is CDs (plural of CD) and DVDs (plural of DVD).
19 December 2013 at 02:39 PM
But then there seems to be another howler in the blurb for the CD. "Christian Thielemann und die Staatskapelle Dresden spielen die schönsten Operetten-Hits von Paul Lincke, Eduard Künneke oder Richard Tauber." The first two wrote operettas alright, but wasn't Tauber a singer? At least I'm not aware of any "Operetten-Hits" written by him, but I'm happy to be corrected.
19 December 2013 at 04:20 PM
Will it be coming to Convent Garden anytime soon ?
19 December 2013 at 04:24 PM
The cloakroom tickets that you used to get at the ROH before the redevelopment from the cloakroom just on the left inside the carriageway entrance always had printed on them "Convent Garden".
19 December 2013 at 05:58 PM
sub_opera, please excuse my bad English, I’m not pedantic and probably never will be while it's not my first language, but thank you for pointing out my mistakes, I will remember :) And the funny thing is that actually in first place I did write, like you did in your post, and then changed it! :)
Oh and I’ve got an impression that you think I wanted to be pedantic about the poster or made fun of it. No. I just said " oh that's good", cause things like posters and covers go thru very long line of people before they go on public and actually no one noticed. For a music label it would be a loss of big money if they would already print it.
Frau ohne Schatten |
19 December 2013 at 08:57 PM
You're right, Richard Tauber was a singer, for whom composers like Franz Lehár composed operettas, he himself was not a composer, but if that changes anything, he himself wrote only one piece an operetta called "Der singende Traum", the operetta was not a hit but the famous "Du bist die Welt für mich" comes from it. (and maybe that they had in mind):)
Frau ohne Schatten |
19 December 2013 at 09:15 PM
I remembered reading that Tauber wrote an operetta called "Old Chelsea" which toured the UK during the 40's. The hit number was "My Heart and I", which is on many compilation discs.
Found an interesting article about him at this site, which details his extra-tenorial activities:
Of them all Tauber was the most comprehensive all round musician; apart from his vocal prowess he composed two operettas - Der singende Traum (The Singing Dream) and Old Chelsea - a suite and many songs. What is nearly forgotten today is that he also won acclaim as a conductor. He had spells at the rostrum of the Volksoper in Vienna, during the last war he took the London Philharmonic Orchestra on tour, took over Beecham's Sunday Concerts at the Albert Hall and conducted operettas at the London Lyric and Palace Theatres. As an artist this all round ability distinguishes him from any other tenor.
19 December 2013 at 10:13 PM
Tauber wrote "Du bist die Welt für mich" which is listed as an encore in the concert programme http://www.staatskapelle-dresden.de/fileadmin/home/pdf/proghefte/2013_14/Silvesterkonzert2013.pdf
Intermezzo replies - Three Hawaiian guitarists, a celesta player and a violinist called Franz Schubert. Now that's what I call an orchestra.
19 December 2013 at 11:02 PM
Très drôle. Of course, the Carmélites will feel at home there.
19 December 2013 at 11:24 PM
The Berlin items look rather enticing, Broadway less so.
Thanks for the programme info
19 December 2013 at 11:46 PM
Which of course is exactly what it used to be, and which in (the increasingly frequent) moments of RegieScheisse I rather wish it might return to...
20 December 2013 at 12:54 AM
Hehe Manou! Trust you to spot that!
Nikolaus Vogel |
20 December 2013 at 12:05 PM
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