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Хованщина [ Wednesday, 30 May 07 | 19:09 ]
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Last night on La Dos they broadcast the opera Хованщина (Khovanshchina), by Модест Мусоргский (Modest Mussorgsky). This was a direct broadcast from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, an opera house on La Rambla here in Barcelona. The Liceu is considered one of the world's finest and biggest stage and acoustic settings for opera, and the main opera house in Spain. The work was shown without commercial interruption for nearly four hours. It was sung по русский with subtitles en castellano. I was surprised that I could understand nearly all of the subtitles and even picked out a few words in Russian. It was an international production.

A revealing discovery

Today on my morning bike ride I made an interesting discovery. Near the Renfe rodalies station in Montgat I ran into a playa nudista. There were a few people there and based on their tans, looked to be regulars. I’m not too surprised as one cannot see the beach from the train or road because of a short cliff. I'm sure a lot more people are present on the weekends.


[User Picture]From: bearsrider
Wednesday, 30 May 07 | 23:41 (UTC)
How was the opera? I don't know it even if I like all that few Mussorgsky's stuff I know. Are there performed some more contemporary operas?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Thursday, 31 May 07 | 05:00 (UTC)
Mussorgsky's works are not that popular, well they are with Russian audiences. Most of his works were unfinished and the versions played today have been reworked by others.

This particular opera was staged as conceived. Sometimes they set an opera in contemporary surroundings, but not in this case.

They stage a number of operas at Liceu, but this is the first time I have seen one broadcast live. The list of operas being staged shows both “classic” and modern works. I am actually a little surprised that the list is this extensive.

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