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The Teatro Argentina got my attention in Rome. I would walk by many times when I was directing THE GIGLI CONCERT at Teatro Trianon. Did not know that The Barber of Seville premiered there. Teatro Argentina is a striking beautiful building even 200 years later but most Opera's are now done at the Rome Opera House.

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I can't believe it, did I actually write something that was new to you?!! No way! This to me, already feels like a successful day :-) And oh my, I just searched for some older photos of the house - WOW. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Argentina

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Unfortunately, it always seemed sold out. So I was never inside, but that facade stopped me dead in my tracks when I first saw it and remembered it precisely what that photo. Grazie Lei.

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BTW I heard Enzo Dara and Leo Nucci both with LaScala and they were equally thrilling in LA CENERENTOLLA live with Claudio Abbado.

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Cant access Amazon or Spotify; sorry.

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I get it! I try my best to always include a YouTube link but sometimes there is a selection that I can’t help but including! Would love to hear more from folks their preferred music platform? Which is best for you?

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Enjoyed (VonStade who I heard in her LaScala debut) singing CENERENTOLLA when LaScala came to the Kennedy Center and the video as she was great then too.

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Sure; don't worry about me. I enjoy what I can see or hear on my laptop.

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Nov 3, 2020Liked by Opera Daily

During the past couple of years, new architect friends taught me to look differently at "built environments", i.e., human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity. This is why The Teatro Argentina piqued my interest. It was commissioned by the Sforza-Cesarini family, designed by the architect Gerolamo Theodoli, constructed in 1731, and commissioned in 1732. The interior has a "traditional horseshoe-shape", 6 levels of boxes, great acoustics, and seats 696. (Source: Wikipedia)  As for Gioachino Rossini's rousing chorus from "The Barber of Seville", how not to love such joyful music? I confess, though, that I enjoyed even more "The Rabbit of Seville". You can always win me over with Looney Tunes, especially when Bugs Bunny stars.

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I haven't heard the phrase "built environments" in a long time! So glad you brought it up here and what a perfect description of the space. This human-centered approach to designing environments was core thinking at my former employers, IDEO (https://www.ideo.com/work/environment).

"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan." - Eliel Saarinen. Your comment reminds me how context, context, context is so important in everything we do. How is someone going to use this space? And how can we design it to work in harmony with that intention?

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Nov 3, 2020Liked by Opera Daily

I am happy to learn about IDEO, to have this quotation at hand, and to have a reason to look into Eliel Saarinen's work and philosophy. My architect buddies will be so impressed when I drop this science on them, but only because it will come from the presumed ignorant. You are such a 21st century Renaissance woman! Thanks for this.

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😊

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