Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
That’s the verdict of our New York neophytes, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. Read on here. But don’t ignore prior health warning here, with plenty of horse fodder in the ensuing discussion.
Saw Falstaff about 50 years ago on a business trip to London. Couldn’t understand what was so great about it. Will see/hear/HD next month. Maybe I’ll appreciate it more. If I can be enjoy The Ring is there hope for me as an opera goer.
Hallelujah, I’m not alone. Watch out for Genevieve, though; she’ll be after you as soon as she reads your comment.
I had a hard time when I first experienced Falstaff at 15, at a time when I loved La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Salome, Parsifal, to name a few operas. I caught up with Falstaff later.
For an entry level opera I would propose The Barber of Seville.
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