• I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
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Friday, October 23, 2009



This is marvellous-she is wonderful! Cannot wait to see it now which is on Tuesday. Saw Grimes last-must be at least a decade ago when Joan Carden reprised the role of Ellen-sadly she should not have and if my memory serves me correctly she did not sing the Embroidary Aria-it was left out. Very excited about Tuesday now.


Joan Carden sang the role last in 2001 with Anson Austin and was a very fine Ellen in her day :)The embroidery aria was included in that production ( OA have not cut anything from grimes - it is usually performed in its perfect and full form everywhere)
Susan gritton has a few more years to go to sing this role and has totally mastered its challenges already- wonderful :)You will not be disappointed on Tuesday David :)


I thought I should clarify that my coment was in no way a criticism of Joan Carden who I adored!! I just that I felt she was well past her prime when she sang it and could not do the role the musical justice that it deserved-that said she was always the consumate actress. I was so convinced that in that production on the night I went that the Embroidary Aria went missing, as I distictly recall people as I left commenting on the very same observance that I came to about its disappearance!!

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