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The Sitzprobe for Turnadot was magnificent this evening.

What is a Sitzprobe? It is a rehearsal on the stage with the orchestra but without costumes or staging.

The singers sit on stage and go through the entire show to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

The principle singers for Turandot are fantastic. I was blown away.

The tenor, Carlo Ventre has sung the role of Radames in Aida and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera.

I thought he was serviceable in those roles. He looked good and was charming but the voice wasn’t particularly special.

In the role of Calaf in Turandot, Ventre is prepared to triumph vocally. He sings both the first act aria, Non piangere Liu, and the third act aria, Nessun dorma, very well.

As Liu, soprano Ermonela Jaho will break your heart. Her legato singing is flawless and her death scene could very well steal the show.

Ermonela has sung once before with San Diego Opera as Maria Stuarda. She only sang the opening night performance as the original soprano was physically unable to sing. We are honored to have her back as the selfless, ever faithful Liu.

Turandot, the ice princess, is sung by American soprano Lisr Lindstrom.

As she sang the role’s opening aria, In questa reggia, I had goose bumps.

Lise will be getting her own post. Suffice it to say her singing was more than I ever hoped to hear in the role of Turandot.

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nan shartel Jan. 26, 2011 @ 6:26 a.m.

i looked at the cost of tickets on Turandot for Sunday the 6th

~~whine~~

what's the best seating area Garrett...my hubby already refuses to go but say i can if i want to

I WANT TO!!!!!!

i'm thrilled about the fact that the hour before will be a lecture on the Opera....and the translation will be above the stage...altho it's not that important to me...others may need it to enjoy it more

everything u say here makes me want to go that much more

bouncing in my computer chair!!!

may i request that u tell us about Maria Callas sometime Tenor


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CurtainCall Jan. 26, 2011 @ 10:38 a.m.

Liu's suicide aria always steals the show. She becomes the sympathetic figure in the show, and the crowd at that point hates Turandot who essentially caused the suicide. Puccini realized he'd turned his heroine into an anti-hero and the dead slave girl into a heroine. He committed the opera-composition equivalent of painting oneself into a corner. That's why he never finished writing it. Everything after that is tacked on nonsense written by someone whose name I can't remember.

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Garrett Harris Jan. 26, 2011 @ 3:06 p.m.

Nan I prefer the lower balcony or mezzanine. I think the sound is a little better plus the supertitles are closer to eye level. Last I heard there are only ticket for Tuesday and Friday.

CurtainCall: You're right about Liu. We're supposed to believe that her sacrifice melted Turandot's ice and opened her up to love but it doesn't really work.

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