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Monday, November 25, 2013

Oopsie!

Found in email from S.F. Symphony about this week's performances of the War Requiem:
Semyon Bychkov  conductor
Christine Brewer  soprano
James Gilchrist  tenor
Roderick Williams  baritone
Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox   director
San Francisco Symphony ChorusSan Francisco SymphonyBritten   War Requiem
 
Please note there is no intermission. 
Inside Music, an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior to concerts.
Meet Christine Brewer at a CD signing in the Symphony Store following the concerts.

And further down:

Pre-order your drinks and enjoy intermission! 
Did you know you can pre-order drinks for intermission? Call (415) 252-1937 or, when you arrive at the hall, tell the bartender you would like to pre-order your drinks. They will be waiting for you at a table or the end of the bar when you return to the lobby at intermission.

Not this time around, I'm afraid!

7 comments:

LinGin said...

Downloaded the 12/2 issue of The New Yorker on Monday and saw this in the Classical Music Going On About Town section:

At its début, in September, the new Deborah Warner production of Tchaikovsky’s “EUGENE ONEGIN” was criticized as stodgy, but its revival features two new cast members known for their volatile performances: Marina Poplavskaya and Rolando Villazón, taking the roles of Tatiana and Onegin. They’re supported by Elena Maximova, as Olga, and a great house favorite, Peter Mattei, as Lenski; Alexander Vedernikov. (Nov. 29 and Dec. 2 at 7:30.)

Oopsie indeed.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Oh, OUCH, although, you do realize it's possible Mattei can sing Lenski better than Villazon at this time.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I mean, if I were attending Onegin this week, it would be to see Mattei.

LinGin said...

So much for the vaunted New Yorker fact checkers, eh?

I am a huge Mattei fan and have seen him at the Met in NOZZE (3 times), BARBIERE (twice), GIOVANNI ( 4 times), BOHEME and FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. Unfortunately, couldn't get to PARSIFAL in house. Will be going to the final performance of ONEGIN but also saw him sing it at Tanglewood a few years ago with Renee Fleming as his Tatiana.

That said, I am rooting for Villazon's comeback with the hope that he doesn't push himself. Lensky seems to be a good choice at this time.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Envy, envy, envy. He has sung in SF only once, as the Nozze Count, where he sang circles around John Relyea's Figaro.

LinGin said...

And he most likely will not be back your way soon, unfortunately. I went to his Singer's Roundtable interview at the Met and asked him if he had anything on his schedule on the West coast. (I have a FB friend in New Mexico who is dying to see him on the stage; unfortunately she didn't discover him until a few years after that SF Count.) it looks like the Met will be his only American committment for the foreseeable future, at least until his children are older.

And while I'm here, to comment on the post above this one, I am utterly puzzled as to how Pope Francis was elected. From my reading of various Catholic writers and theologians (I'm Jewish), it seemed like the Cardinals would never let a John XXIII happen again.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Six hours from Sweden, twelve hours from Sweden - well, I guess it does make a difference.

Haha, I am Jewish also but follow the Catholic Church with great curiosity and interest myself. I think Cardinal Bergoglio was playing his cards close to his chest. I have also read that he was the runner-up to Benedict, which would have given him the inside track this time around.