Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More Fairy Tales

Continuing the operatic theme--on a cheerier note--

I do apologize for the absence of subtitles.  You might want to read a summary of the opera first, since Rossini does do a bit of fast-and-loose with his story.

Two things I love about this particular version: (1) von Stade; (2) the choreography.  Watch how nicely they've matched the actions--both large-scale crowd movements, and things like nods and gestures--to the music.  You don't often see this kind of balletic direction in a opera--it tends to be confined to, well, G&S and musicals.

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